Environmental care strategies and ecosystem health

Case study of the manufacturing firms in Langat River Basin, Malaysia

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The aim of this paper is to analyze the adoption of environmental care strategies by manufacturing firms and their impacts on ecosystem health A conceptual framework based on the core concepts of environmental care, systems theory and ecosystem health is formulated The chosen area of study is manufacturing firms located within the Langat River Basin, Malaysia. The findings of this study indicate that in terms of inputs, the major forces driving the adoption of environmental care strategies are meeting market-driven needs via product quality and profit maximization via cost efficiency for vendor selection and the R&D focus on product development. As a result, ecosystem health has become the indirect beneficiary. The lack of R&D effort on the usage of new materials can have detrimental effect on ecosystem health if there is a faster draw-down on non-renewable resources. For the transformation process, investing in the best available technology is highly dependent on deep financial pockets, which are in turn underpinned by the overarching concerns of market-driven needs and in tandem profit maximization. Energy conservation in the production process has not met with much success and as such has an adverse impact on ecosystem health. Compliance with the various certifications has morphed into standard operating procedures. These certifications, containing ecological characteristics, helped gain access to developed markets and in turn bring about direct and indirect positive impacts on ecosystem health. However, the lack of continuous upgrading of waste management system has an adverse impact on ecosystem health. For outputs, environmental care in the form of product standards especially eco-standards to fulfil the demands of developed markets has a positive impact on ecosystem health. Likewise, waste disposal methods abiding to environmental regulations also help in sustaining ecosystem health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-80
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sustainability Science and Management
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Keywords

  • Ecosystem health
  • Environmental care
  • Market-driven needs
  • Profit maximization
  • Systems theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Pollution
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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