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Determinants of EMS ISO 14001 adoptions in Malaysia

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) standard was introduced in 1996 and has been adopted by approximately 100,000 firms around the world, including those in Malaysia. The study is to investigate the factors that influence adoption based on a survey conducted on a sample of ISO 14001 adopter and non-adopter manufacturing firms that operate in Malaysia. Using discriminant analysis, the study identified the factors affecting adoption of the standards. On the basis of analysis and discussion, the study concluded that the certification bodies and related institutions have to disseminate information regarding ISO 14001 standard facts so as to promote adoption among manufacturing firms in Malaysia.

Keywords: EMS, environmental management systems, discriminant factor, Malaysia, ISO 14001 adoption, manufacturing firms

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