Industry Trade Associations: An Examination of their Sustainability Efforts and Messaging of Those Efforts.
Abstract: This research examined domestic manufacturer trade associations to understand their engagement with environmental or sustainability challenges facing their member companies. After systematically narrowing a list of domestic trade associations, 20 were selected for in-depth study. Content analysis was used to assess the tone and messaging related to sustainability or environment of trade ... read moreassociation website content and relevant reports produced by the trade association and available on the website. Results indicate manufacturing trade associations view their industry as central to the United States economy. Manufacturer trade associations view the environmental impacts of the manufacturing process in the context of broad policy that does not inhibit their role as a domestic economic engine. An unexpected finding was that eight trade associations have branded programs related to sustainability or product stewardship. Based on this research, product stewardship programs are largely immature and significant opportunity exists to examine the outcomes achieved by such programs.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: Mary Davis.
Keywords: Sustainability, Environmental management, and Business.read less