ISO 14001: improving the contruction industry's competitiveness

2017-06-07T06:25:53Z (GMT) by Petrovic-Lazarevic, Sonja
Today, in order to sustain a competitive advantage many companies concentrate on preserving a healthy environment - both on company work sites and in the general, external environment in which they operate. Through interviewing representatives involved with nine of Australia's largest construction companies, the value of applying the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environment Management System (EMS) and how it is developed, is explored. While most Australian construction industry companies state in their vision the determination to preserve a healthy environment, there is little evidence of companies actually embracing the concept of active involvement by the various stakeholders in the development of a corporate environmental culture. Without such involvement the company's competitiveness may be jeopardised.