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Enhancing the social content of environmental management systems in Australian agriculture


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Carruthers, G and Vanclay, F (2007) Enhancing the social content of environmental management systems in Australian agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 6 (3). pp. 326-340. ISSN 1462-4605

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Despite criticism that Environmental Management Systems (EMSs)
do not address social aspects, a review of the EMS implementation on
Australian farms revealed that there were many social dimensions to the EMS.
While these were not necessarily explicitly recognised by the farmers, certifiers
and/or regulators, these social factors were very important to the ongoing
commitment to, and operation of, the EMSs. Social factors enhance the
operation of the EMS, reinforce initial motivations and have major benefits
for the farm business. However, gaining recognition of these factors was
difficult, measuring changes in social interactions not easily achievable and not
well recognised or rewarded by outside stakeholders. The development of
improved mechanisms for valuing social factors in agricultural contexts, better
understanding of the roles of these factors amongst EMS certifiers and
advisors, and more explicit acknowledgement of the importance of these
factors on overall farm management is required.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Environmental Management Systems; EMSs; ISO 14001; agriculture; farm management; social indicators; natural resource management.
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology
Page Range: pp. 326-340
ISSN: 1462-4605
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2007.012840
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2007 21:16
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:26
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