Green and competitive: empirical evidence from ISO 9001 certified Brazilian companies

Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour (Department of Production Engineering, UNESP (The Sao Paulo State University), Bauru, Brazil)
Thiago Pignatti de Freitas (Department of Production Engineering, UNESP (The Sao Paulo State University), Bauru, Brazil)
Davi Fouad Soubihia (Department of Production Engineering, UNESP (The Sao Paulo State University), Bauru, Brazil)
Angappa Gunasekaran (Charlton College of Business University of Massachusetts Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA, USA)
Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour (Department of Production Engineering, UNESP (The Sao Paulo State University), Bauru, Brazil)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

There are many arguments in the literature on environmental management stating that companies that have a significant environmental performance tend to be more competitive, because environmental management tends to generate positive effects on their operational performance. Despite the fact that such arguments are widely accepted, there is little empirical evidence yet of such a relationship in manufacturing contexts that are rarely studied thus far, such as those of developing countries. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

With the objective of testing the positive relationship between environmental performance and operational performance, this research presents the data of a survey conducted with 75 ISO 9001-certified Brazilian companies. Such data were analyzed by means of structural equation modeling.

Findings

The paper discovered that, indeed, environmental management relates in a positive, significant manner and large effect to the operational performance of companies.

Originality/value

This is the first exploratory research relating environmental management and operational performance in Brazilian companies with ISO 9001.

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Citation

Jabbour, C., de Freitas, T., Soubihia, D., Gunasekaran, A. and Jabbour, A. (2015), "Green and competitive: empirical evidence from ISO 9001 certified Brazilian companies", The TQM Journal, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 22-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/TQM-01-2013-0013

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