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Enhancing the social content of environmental management systems in Australian Agriculture


Carruthers, Genevieve and Vanclay, FM, 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 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1504/IJARGE.2007.012840


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. Copyright © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Carruthers, Genevieve (Ms Genevieve Carruthers)
UTAS Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
ID Code:32801
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-12-13

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