Title: Gender and environment in the Japanese workplace

Authors: Paul Ofei-Manu

Addresses: The School Management Section, Miyagi Zao Board of Education, 157-7 Aza Nakajima Kami, Kakuda, Kakuda City, Miyagi 981-1505, Japan

Abstract: Previous literature depicts women as more pro-environment than men in terms of attitudes and behaviour. A survey was conducted in two sectors of Japanese society – industry and academia – whose workplace is considered relatively male dominated. The study sampled 221 respondents from 15 schools and ten firms to evaluate gendered differences in environmental concern. Women were found to demonstrate greater levels of pro-environmental behaviour compared to men due to their higher level of consideration of the impacts of their companies| production processes and products on the environment, their willingness to pay slightly more for environmental products than men, their positive perception of sustainable behaviours and their higher general level of concern about the environment. The study also reveals that the successful implementation of environmental sustainability programmes in organisations hinges on the interest and participation of management.

Keywords: gender differences; environment; sustainable development; sustainability; management participation; Japan; industry; academia; environmental concern; environmental impact; women; female behaviour.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2009.028069

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2009 Vol.4 No.2/3, pp.150 - 164

Available online: 03 Sep 2009 *

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