The last decade has seen increasing awareness of the importance of understanding corporate environmental management systems (EMSs) and their relationships with sustainability, competitiveness and institutional practice. It is now assumed that most large companies have some version of an EMS in place with systems ranging from informal policies and practices to formalised third-party certified systems that are widely publicized by companies and are now integral to their strategic direction. No matter what level and type of system a firm chooses, both practitioners and researchers wish to examine and better understand the extent to which these systems are cross-functional, how they impact on performance evaluation, their capability to monitor supply chains and the life-cycles of products and services and, most importantly, whether these systems actually make a contribution to better environmental performance.  This book provides intriguing insights into strategic and sustainable EMSs. It provides clear evidence of benefits that should exceed the costs (tangible and otherwise), and help practitioners understand the attributes of well-developed and strategically focused EMSs. It also demonstrates the link to performance measures such as reputation, improved position in the marketplace, cost, quality, waste reduction and numerous sustainable development-based metrics and issues. The comprehensive scope of topics spans several industries and provides environmental systems insight involving sustainable management systems, strategic and operational impacts of environmental systems, cross-country comparisons of EMS design processes and results, product-based environmental systems, EMS impacts at innovative organisations and environmental systems integration within specific industries.  The book is split into three sections. First, the book covers the broad issues of planning and designing an EMS and includes topics such as performance evaluation, comparisons between multinational environmental systems, sustainable development and links between already established quality systems and an EMS. The second section focuses on EMS implementation and operation and incorporates some corporate or industry-specific case studies. The third and final category of the book highlights the use of an EMS to evaluate business processes.  Strategic Sustainability will be essential reading for both managers faced with decisions regarding their own EMSs and to researchers seeking additional insights from state-of-the-art examples for further theoretical development and testing.

chapter |7 pages


ByRobert Sroufe, Joseph Sarkis

part I|85 pages

EMS planning and design

chapter 1|23 pages


Integrating Corporate Strategies into the Development Process of an Environmental Performance Evaluation System
ByEnrico Cagno, Lorenzo Tardini, Paolo Trucco

chapter 2|13 pages

A comparison of environmental management system components and practices

ByGwen Christini, Deanna H. Matthews, Chris Hendrickson

chapter 3|20 pages

EMS and sustainable development

A Model and Comparative Studies of Integration
ByUlku Oktem, Phil Lewis, Deborah Donovan, James R. Hagan, Thomas Pace

chapter 4|15 pages

Designing a sustainability management system at BMW Group

The Designworks/USA Case Study
ByKellie A. McElhaney, Michael W. Toffel, Natalie Hill

chapter 5|13 pages

Core values and environmental management

A Strong Inference Approach
ByJohn D. Hanson, Steven A. Melnyk, Roger J. Calantone

part II|83 pages

Implementation and operation

chapter 6|17 pages

A product-based environmental management system

ByKathleen Donnelly, Arjen Salemink, Frederick Blechinger, Albrecht Schuh, Theresa Boehm

chapter 7|21 pages

Environmental reporting on the internet

From a Technical Tool to a Strategic Necessity
ByRalf Isenmann, Christoph Bey

chapter 8|13 pages

Web-based environmental management systems for SMEs

Enhancing the Diffusion of Environmental Management in the Transportation Sector
ByAdeline Maijala, Lassi Linnanen, Tuula Pohjola

chapter 10|16 pages

The environmental management system of the Environmental Services Department of Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos

ByCalliopi Raftopoulou, Charalampos N. Kavouras, Panagiotis Karamanos

part III|69 pages

Environmental management system evaluation

chapter 12|17 pages

Environmental management systems in the US and Thailand

A Case Comparison*
ByDeborah Rigling Gallagher, Richard N.L. Andrews, Achara Chandrachai, Kaewta Rohitratana

chapter 13|20 pages

Change management

Sustainable Development via an Augmented EMS
ByMartin Callinan

chapter 14|16 pages

Environmental management systems and environmental performance

ByJonas Ammenberg