ترکیب خرید سبز در چارچوب ایزو 14000
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|6023||2005||7 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4510 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 13, Issue 9, July 2005, Pages 927–933
More and more firms have begun to voluntarily adopt ISO 14001 as a tool for continuous improvements to meet the goals of sustainability. At the same time, these firms have also encouraged their suppliers to apply for the certification of ISO 14001 and to regulate the certification as a minimum requirement in selecting suppliers (Ind Mark Manage 4 (1997) 363; J Qual Manage 4 (1999) 111; Renew energy 23 (2001) 579). By contrast, green purchasing is increasingly being used as an effective tool to mitigate the environmental impacts of consumption and to promote the development of clean production technology (Am Prospect 11 (1992) 71). It mainly focuses on product design and process improvement (Acad Manage Rev 20 (1995) 18; Harv Bus Rev 75 (1997) 67), eventually bringing about a competitive advantage in international markets (Harv Bus Rev 75 (1997) 67; Harv Bus Rev 73 (1995) 120). This paper highlights the role of ISO 14000 and green purchasing in achieving sustainable development when firms focus their concerns on improving both financial and environmental performance, and asserts the importance of the incorporation of green purchasing into the frame of ISO 14000. We propose that (1) environmental purchasing is an effective tool in controlling pollution externalities and provides a positive effect on the implementation of ISO 14001 environmental management and (2) with the incorporation of green purchasing into the framework of ISO 14000, it can encourage firms to implement pollution prevention from the source and to educate the public to engage themselves in green consumption, which leads to the attainments of both environmental and financial performance. In this paper we also present a framework of guidelines for green purchasing and the related implementing procedures.
Environmental problems have become the focus of the general public and company stakeholders, affecting both regional and global cooperation and prompting conflicts in many aspects. As a consequence, various governmental, non-governmental, and industrial initiatives have been designed and adopted in searching out sustainable development to improve environmental performance. The political connections among countries to mitigate environmental impacts and the close relationship within the global economy to reduce trade barriers have increased the competitive effects of environmental regulations and enhanced the demand for a common environmental management across countries  and . To meet the common requests of the global community, ISO 14000 emerged in 1996 and was developed by an independent organization of the International Standards Office (ISO). It is a formal, certified quality system, consisting of a series of guidelines or processes to help direct a company's management to accept and acknowledge technical standards. It is believed that the adoption of this system can help management to create competitiveness by reducing costs in the manufacturing process and to inspire management to seek for sustainable development through the design of green products and clean production processes. It is seen as an effective tool to create competitive advantages for firms by allocating resources to satisfy both the firms and the stakeholders. The introduction of ISO 14001 enhances a firm's awareness and involvement in environmental activities through a continuous improvement process of environment-related education programs and appropriate management systems provided by such a certification . As a consequence, it ensures the attainment of sustainability by supporting the firms to investigate and achieve both financial performance and environmental performance. Many studies prove that the implementation of ISO 14001 and other environmental activities can increase a firm's relative competitiveness in the market , , ,  and  and environmental performance (Green and Morton, 1998;  and ). Other researchers argue that there are other factors in addition to environmental regulations that determine environmental performance  and . External pressure to comply with environmental regulations encourages industrial innovations in finding out a greener process or product through the choice of a cleaner technology. Future trends, relating to environmental issues that call for more stringent environmental regulations, yield a new impact on the future prosperity of business firms to survive if those firms cannot cover the extra cost for green materials or extra-investment for new designs or new processes. In practice, an environmental management system is seen as a tool to provide a framework for assessing environmental impacts and then to help management to form firm-level environmental strategies. In the ISO 14001 adoption process, firms pressure their suppliers to apply for the certification of ISO 14001 and to regulate the certification as a minimum requirement to select suppliers ,  and . Under such a circumstance, many firms modify their activities and behaviors to try and improve environmental performance, since they believe that the success in environmental management can create business opportunities , , ,  and . Unfortunately, ISO 14000 does not contain any specification on green purchasing even though it is generally accepted that prevention activities from source are an effective tool to support the objectives of sustainability. More and more evidence finds that a growing number of consumers are willing to pay a premium for products with “green labels”. ISO 14000 helps provide industry with very important guiding principles for the development of an environmental management system and offers some benefits of self-checking mechanisms on environmental performance. However, it does lack the guiding rules to motivate firms or supply chains from upstream manufacturers (suppliers) to downstream distributors to engage in voluntary research or involvement in the development of clean technology and the manufacturing of green products. In this paper we attempt to address the important role of green purchasing in supporting ISO 14001 to form integrity when firms attain environmental performance as well as financial performance.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
To date, a number of multi-national firms have implemented comprehensive green purchasing through the support and cooperation of their suppliers to form a green supply chain. The article herein sketches a series of guidelines and principles for green purchasing practices and procedures. The incorporation of green purchasing into ISO 14000 results in a stringent demand for supplier services so as to meet consumer needs for quality reliability, the safety of products, and the least environmental impact from consumption. With the support of ISO 14000 (including specifications of green purchasing), manufacturers now need to redesign their products and provide information concerning the environmental aspects of their products on labels and in advertising through their marketing plans in order to reassure consumers that their products meet the required standard of green consumption. Thus, this drives a manufacturer to develop an environment-friendly technology and make a product design or process design to meet public demand. The expanding3 market for green products is leading manufacturers to invest in R&D for clean technology, to increase the availability of environmentally friendly products, so as to form a sort of compatibility with the environment through the certification of ISO 14000. The incorporation of green purchasing into ISO 14000 also serves as a connecting channel among multi-national firms and local businesses in the world. Firms in developed countries considers that the ability to enhance raw material and product design from the beginning, to mitigate the environmental impact, and to rationalize and comply with environmental regulations to improve corporate image will pressure local firms to adopt an EMS system. On the whole, the incorporation of green purchasing into an environmental management system can encourage all businesses and administrative agencies to think over the whole range of production systems from material supplies to waste treatments. It can also lead to homogeneity in management processes and an improvement in administrative efficiency, in addition to cuts in costs, which consequently help expand a firm's environmental and financial performance.