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Environmental management in Brazilian companies

Gisele Cristina Sena da Silva (Programa de Pós‐Graduação em Engenharia de Produção, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Pernambuco, Brazil)
Denise Dumke de Medeiros (Programa de Pós‐Graduação em Engenharia de Produção, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Pernambuco, Brazil)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

The survival of an organisation today depends directly on its capacity to be efficient and competitive. Growing transformations in the world economy impose new variables on the productive process. Environmental management is one of these variants, which brings in itself a series of opportunities and risks. An environmental management system (EMS) allows an organisation to permanently control the effects of the productive process on the environment. In Brazil, the adoption of this new approach still finds certain resistance by companies, which have seen it more as an additional cost than an improvement opportunity. This study aims to identify the environmental actions of some Brazilian companies, seeking to obtain important information about the process and the operations accomplished in the adoption of EMS by companies which seek to improve the quality of life for the population.

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Sena da Silva, G.C. and Dumke de Medeiros, D. (2004), "Environmental management in Brazilian companies", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 380-388. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777830410540126

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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