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The influence of forest certification on environmental performance: an analysis of certified companies in the province of Quebec (Canada)

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Forest certification is becoming increasingly important in modern forestry. The number of companies that use certification as a marketing tool increases every year. Despite this growing popularity, the influence of certification on the environmental performance of certified companies is still unclear. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between the environmental performance of companies and their participation in a forest certification process. A qualitative approach was used to establish this relationship. Analysis shows that it is difficult to clearly define improvement in environmental performance. Nevertheless, participants in this study believe that becoming certified had a positive influence on their company. Results also show that changes brought by certification vary by standard. It was also shown that forest certification can provide credibility and competiveness to certified companies.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculté de foresterie, géographie et géomatique, Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt, Université Laval, Pavillon Abitibi-Price, 2405 de la Terrasse, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. 2: Faculté d’administration, Département de management, Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4.

Publication date: April 8, 2011

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