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2015, vol. 43, iss. 4, pp. 370-376
Influence of firms' environmental management and community involvement programs in their employees and in the community
aISEP-IPP and CIDEM School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
bBureau Veritas Certification, Portugal

emaillmf@isep.ipp.pt
Keywords: Environmental management systems; ISO 14001; Environmental involvement programs; community involvement programs; employee involvement; community feedback; small and medium companies
Abstract
To assure enduring success, firms need to generate economic value with respect for the environment and social value. They also need to be aware of the needs and expectations of relevant stakeholders and incorporate them in their business strategies and programs. These challenges imply that engineers should take into consideration societal, health and safety, environmental and commercial issues in their professional activity. This investigation accesses the influence of firms' environmental management programs and community involvement programs on their own employees and in the community, with a focus on small and medium companies. Based on a quantitative research, the findings suggest that firms that invest both in environmental management programs and in community involvement programs have a higher involvement of their own employees with the community, while at the same time receiving more feedback (positive, but also negative) from the community, stressing the need to pay special attention to their communication policies.
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article language: English
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DOI: 10.5937/fmet1504370F
published in SCIndeks: 30/03/2016
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