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3. Website Communication Capabilities and Content Related to Environmental Management—An Empirical Study of European Production Companies

Authors : H. H. Thimm, K. B. Rasmussen

Published in: Role of Circular Economy in Resource Sustainability

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Environmental management concerns are being made available at corporate websites. The websites disclose the organization's communication capabilities and content related to environmental management. The increasing momentum of the climate change debate, the rising interest of stakeholders in environmental issues, growing openness of corporations, the innovations in information and communication technology, and web presence being increasingly important are all factors likely to advance the environmental properties of company websites. This work contributes to the exposure of the current state of environmental disclosure through an empirical study of 154 websites of companies within the European production sector. The sample of companies include a group of very large companies with more than 10,000 employees and a group of medium-sized companies with 126 to 250 employees. The study revealed a surprisingly low general level of website display of communication capabilities and content related to environmental issues. Many companies are not yet taking part in environmental disclosure and openness. Furthermore, data confirmed that medium-sized companies are lagging behind large companies. Surprisingly, environmental certificates were observed at the websites of medium-sized companies almost to the same degree as at websites of large companies.

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Literature
go back to reference Thimm H, Rasmussen KB (2019) Investigating website disclosure of corporate environmental compliance management. In: 33rd EnviroInfo conference, environmental informatics—computational sustainability: ICT methods to achieve the UN sustainable development goals, Kassel, pp 274–288 Thimm H, Rasmussen KB (2019) Investigating website disclosure of corporate environmental compliance management. In: 33rd EnviroInfo conference, environmental informatics—computational sustainability: ICT methods to achieve the UN sustainable development goals, Kassel, pp 274–288
Metadata
Title
Website Communication Capabilities and Content Related to Environmental Management—An Empirical Study of European Production Companies
Authors
H. H. Thimm
K. B. Rasmussen
Copyright Year
2022
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90217-9_3