Facilitating Sustainable Innovations: Sustainable Innovation as a Tool for Regional Development

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Abstract

In this paper we first describe Mexican environmental policy and the present role of voluntary approaches therein. In despite of different kind of efforts at this regard, it seems that still ISO 14000 remains the most commonly used format for voluntary efforts by companies in Mexico, there is also a national scheme “Industria Limpia”, or Clean Industry, that has more and more participation, especially among the bigger companies. Though voluntary, participation is by no means non-committal. An elaborate auditing program belongs to the scheme. This shows that there is some openness in Mexico regarding the options for non-regulatory environmental policy.
In the second part of the paper we report on the basis of a survey among 16
Mexican business leaders that have responsibilities in the environmental management of their companies. None of them evaluated Mexican environmental policy as sufficient. Implementation is insufficient and several also think instrumentation is inapt. In those cases especially economic policy instruments are seen as a necessary addition, while also negotiated agreements are positively viewed. To improve implementation negotiated agreements as a framework to guide implementation is widely supported. Expectations regarding ambition, efficiency gains and positive side effects of the respondents look quite realistic giving the practical results as assessed in a study on the Dutch experience with negotiated agreements. The feasibility and success of negotiated agreements is in theoretical and empirical literature explained by four factors. The respondents assess these factors as quite favorable in the situation of their sectors of industry in Mexico. More research is necessary to gain further insight into the options and conditions for applying negotiated agreements in the Mexican context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2008
Event15th Greening of Industry Network Conference, GIN 2008: Facilitating Sustainable Innovations - Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Duration: 26 Jun 200828 Jun 2008
Conference number: 15

Conference

Conference15th Greening of Industry Network Conference, GIN 2008
Abbreviated titleGIN
CountryNetherlands
CityLeeuwarden
Period26/06/0828/06/08

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    Franco-Garcia, M. L., & Bressers, H. T. A. (2008). Facilitating Sustainable Innovations: Sustainable Innovation as a Tool for Regional Development. Paper presented at 15th Greening of Industry Network Conference, GIN 2008, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.