The impact of corporate environmental management practices on environmental performance

Omaima A.G. Hassan, Peter Romilly, Iqbal Khadaroo

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This study draws on neo-institutional theory to examine how and why corporate environmental management practices might affect environmental performance. It contributes to the literature by using a large, global data set to investigate the impact of 10 corporate environmental management practices on greenhouse gas emissions or emissions intensity. It focuses on greenhouse gas emissions which pose an existential threat to the people and planet, and the environmental management practices of corporations whose effectiveness has provoked cynicism and claims of “greenwash”. Our results are based on a dynamic, robust and large-scale econometric analysis, which includes tests of association and Granger causation in comparison with earlier research. A key finding, which is of interest not only to the academic literature but also to policymakers and managers, is that environmental performance impacts environmental management practices but not vice versa, supporting the hypothesis that corporations adopt these practices as a symbolic legitimizing device rather than a genuine attempt derived from moral obligation to reduce their greenhouse gases or carbon intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-467
Number of pages19
JournalBusiness Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • climate change
  • environmental management practices
  • environmental performance
  • greenhouse gases
  • greenwash
  • policy effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Philosophy
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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