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Environmental awards and their relevance to the environmental commitment of organizations

Environmental awards and their relevance to the environmental commitment of organizations The purpose of this paper is to identify the characteristics of environmental awards and analyze their relevance to the environmental commitment of organizations.Design/methodology/approachExtensive desk research, using secondary data and multiple documental sources on the environmental awards offered in Brazil.FindingsConcerning their characteristics, awards are voluntary, do not have a standard set of guiding principles or regulations, can be offered by any desiring entity (accredited or not) and usually have qualitative evaluation methods. Regarding the contributions to social responsibility, organizations have been using awards to increase the visibility of their environmental efforts, reinforce their environmental image and disseminate environmental values and behaviors, especially within specific groups or communities. Consequently, it is argued why awards’ promotion or winning can be considered additional evidence of environmental commitment but should not be taken as a definite measure of environmental performance.Originality/valueThis paper provides a new perspective about awards, understanding them as types of recognition, and therefore, comparable to certification and labeling. Another contribution is gathering of awards’ characteristics, which can help analyze awards across several other fields, such as social responsibility, quality, innovation and public services. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Responsibility Journal Emerald Publishing

Environmental awards and their relevance to the environmental commitment of organizations

Social Responsibility Journal , Volume 19 (2): 14 – Jan 26, 2023

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1747-1117
eISSN
1747-1117
DOI
10.1108/srj-11-2021-0477
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify the characteristics of environmental awards and analyze their relevance to the environmental commitment of organizations.Design/methodology/approachExtensive desk research, using secondary data and multiple documental sources on the environmental awards offered in Brazil.FindingsConcerning their characteristics, awards are voluntary, do not have a standard set of guiding principles or regulations, can be offered by any desiring entity (accredited or not) and usually have qualitative evaluation methods. Regarding the contributions to social responsibility, organizations have been using awards to increase the visibility of their environmental efforts, reinforce their environmental image and disseminate environmental values and behaviors, especially within specific groups or communities. Consequently, it is argued why awards’ promotion or winning can be considered additional evidence of environmental commitment but should not be taken as a definite measure of environmental performance.Originality/valueThis paper provides a new perspective about awards, understanding them as types of recognition, and therefore, comparable to certification and labeling. Another contribution is gathering of awards’ characteristics, which can help analyze awards across several other fields, such as social responsibility, quality, innovation and public services.

Journal

Social Responsibility JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 26, 2023

Keywords: Environmental awards; Environmental prizes; Green awards; Certification; Labeling

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