1 Business and Environment, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Marketing and Statistics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University5 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
It has long been recognised that education and training are essential to the development of environmental management in business organisations. So far, however, there has been little information about environmental management practice and related educational and training requirements in even leading companies. To help formulate future policy in this area, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions, a Dublin-based EU organisation, initiated a research project aimed at identifying general trends in the introduction of environmental management in leading European companies and the educational and training needs this will require in future. The results will then be compared with the findings of initiatives carried out at various educational and training institutions. The project has been divided into three stages: i) corporate environmental management, (ii) middle managers, and (iii) workers. The project has been based partly on interviews in a small number of European companies at the forefront of environmental management and ditto educational and training institutions, and partly on more large-scale questionnaire surveys. This paper will briefly describe the background of the overall project, and, in more detail, the questionnaire survey on environmental attitudes and training interests among Danish middle managers.