Keywords: sustainable development, sustainability, environmental management systems, EMS, environmental standards, ISO 14001, empirical survey, Romania, business performance, eco-efficiency, industrial ecology
Environmental management system implementation in Romanian organisations a driving factor for sustainable development
This paper presents the results of an empirical study carried out in Romanian organisations, with the aim of demonstrating the positive impact of an Environmental Management System (EMS) implementation according to ISO 14001 on the organisational variables that influence business performance. The European Union accession in 2007 creates high competitive and environmental pressures on Romanian companies. ISO 14001 can act as a useful management guide for organisations that do not have extensive experience in a market economy. While implementing an environmental management system, companies enter change and learning processes that trigger business performance and sustainability.