Denmark supports sustainable companies

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "Denmark supports sustainable companies", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 5 No. 3.



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Denmark supports sustainable companies

In a policy paper recently published, the Danish government has proposed a carrot-and-stick system of regulation that would reward individuals and companies for positive behaviour while penalising rule-breakers. In the environmental arena, proposed measures include fewer inspections of companies shown to “work systematically with environmental problems” and subsidies for individuals or companies fitting diesel particle filters. Some environmental initiatives by individuals or local authorities would also be eligible for financial support.

Drawn up by the employment, taxation and science ministries, the 60-page “Something for something” manifesto contains 57 concrete proposals and cuts across all government departments and concerns, ranging from office management to hospital waiting lists and the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Its main principle is that individuals and organisations with good records of compliance, efficiency and the like will be subject to lighter supervision and control, leaving the authorities freer to concentrate on applying sanctions to the miscreants. Further details are available at:

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