The Impact of Environmental Management on Labour Productivity

Nugent, Anton and Radicic, Dragana (2023) The Impact of Environmental Management on Labour Productivity. Sustainability, 15 (16). p. 12256. ISSN 2071-1050

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The green transition and green economic growth are policy priorities in the European Union.
In this context, this study estimates the effects of environmental management on firm performance, in
particular labour productivity. There is currently a lack of empirical evidence on this topic, although
it is of great importance due to the increasing need for environmental practices across the globe.
Therefore, to address this gap, we explore the relationship between several environmental variables
on labour productivity, through the use of cross-sectional firm-level data. These data were obtained
using the sixth wave of the Business Environment and Enterprise Survey (BEEPS VI). This study
focuses on ten EU countries. The results obtained from the empirical analysis reveal that firms who
employ an environmental manager and firms that are subject to energy taxes or levies both have
higher productivity than those who do not; thus, firms that have employed or are subject to certain
environmental practices reap the benefits of higher labour productivity. Furthermore, firms that
use renewable energy have higher labour productivity than those that do not. Therefore, the results
obtained allowed us to draw implications for both policy makers and managers.

Keywords:environmental management, green management, labour productivity, BEEPS data
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N110 European Business studies
Divisions:COLLEGE OF ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES > Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:55741
Deposited On:14 Aug 2023 10:59

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