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Roberto Merli     Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Roberto Merli published an article in January 2019.
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Gabriella Arcese

18 shared publications

Faculty of Economics, Niccolò Cusano University, Via Don Carlo Gnocchi 3, 00166 Rome, Italy

Maria Claudia Lucchetti

17 shared publications

Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

Michele Preziosi

5 shared publications

Ilaria Massa

3 shared publications

Management Department, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Via del Castro Laurenziano 9, 00161 Rome, Italy

Alessia Acampora

2 shared publications

Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico, 77-00145 Rome, Italy

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Article 6 Reads 0 Citations The impact of green practices in coastal tourism: An empirical investigation on an eco-labelled beach club R. Merli, M. Preziosi, A. Acampora, M.C. Lucchetti, F. Ali Published: 01 January 2019
International Journal of Hospitality Management, doi: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.08.011
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Article 1 Read 7 Citations Promoting Sustainability through EMS Application: A Survey Examining the Critical Factors about EMAS Registration in Ita... Roberto Merli, Michele Preziosi, Christian Ippolito Published: 23 February 2016
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su8030197
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One of the tools set by the European Community (EC) to reduce the environmental impact of firms is EMAS Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009), setting up an Environmental Management System (EMS), which aims for a continuous improvement of environmental performances. Italy has the highest number of certified organization among all European Member States, accounting for over one thousand registrations. The paper presents the result of a survey conducted through a questionnaire about EMAS implementation and targeted to all Italian registered organizations. Of nearly 1000 organizations, over 500 answers were collected. The main goal is to understand how organizations experience the scheme, focusing on main drivers for its adoption, main difficulties encountered, and perceived benefits. In particular, survey results contribute to define a reflection on the difficulties regarding EMAS diffusion among European companies. Aspects identified as critical can lead to a contraction of registration requests, especially those formulated by SMEs, which constitute the majority of Italian companies. Moreover, perceived difficulties might affect the firms’ willingness to renew EMAS registration. Data provided by the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) recently highlighted the increasing rate of firms who decide to withdraw from registration. This study offers interesting inputs related to main critical issues in EMAS implementation, which can be the baseline for future research on companies that abandon the certification scheme, in order to provide suggestions for the improvement of its effectiveness both for national and communitarian institutions.
Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Why Companies Do Not Renew Their EMAS Registration? An Exploratory Research Michele Preziosi, Roberto Merli, Mara D’Amico Published: 22 February 2016
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su8020191
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The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is the official Environmental Management System (EMS) issued by the European Union (EU). Italy is the country where EMAS is most widespread, accounting for over 1000 registered organizations. Since entry into the force of the Regulation in 1997, the number of registrations has constantly grown until 2008, when the figures started to drop. The phenomena are due to both the decrease of the annual registration rate and the lack of renewals. According to the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), in recent years, an increasing number of organizations decided to withdraw from EMAS registration. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the reasons of this negative trend. The first step consisted of a literature review concerning the main barriers, difficulties, and costs incurred by EMAS-registered organizations. Subsequently, this information was integrated with data about the evolution of EMAS registrations and the results of a previous survey, which involved the entire population of registered firms. The present exploratory research highlighted economic and operational domains concerning the cancellation trends that deserve a deeper investigation, which will be conducted through a questionnaire addressed to Italian firms that did not renew the registration in the last lustrum. The intended output will allow us to identify stakeholders’ priority intervention areas in order to suggest an operative strategy to reduce EMAS cancellation rates, addressed to Member States (MS) Competent Bodies.
Article 1 Read 6 Citations Social Values and Sustainability: A Survey on Drivers, Barriers and Benefits of SA8000 Certification in Italian Firms Roberto Merli, Michele Preziosi, Ilaria Massa Published: 08 April 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7044120
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Companies are increasingly required to deal with sustainability issues through the adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. Among the different CSR aspects, workers securities fulfill a necessary issue. SA8000 is an internationally accepted tool that aims to guarantee decent workplace across all industrial sectors. Italian companies represent more than 30% of certified organizations on a global level. Company size is a key factor in the definition of managerial strategies. A survey that involved more than 600 SA8000 certified companies has been conducted. Company dimension has been used as a parameter to interpret survey results. The aspects analyzed mainly consisted of drivers, barriers and benefits in SA8000 certification pathway. The study showed a high level of homogeneity among firms. According to SA8000 requirements, one of the main issues is the implementation of control and awareness mechanisms addressed to suppliers. Survey results highlight that all respondents recognize the importance of suppliers’ involvement, considered as one of the most difficult phases in implementing certification. However, there were no significant differences among Micro, Small, Medium and Large companies.
Article 0 Reads 5 Citations EMAS Regulation in Italian Clusters: Investigating the Involvement of Local Stakeholders Roberto Merli, Michele Preziosi, Ilaria Massa Published: 22 July 2014
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su6074537
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The last revision of the EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) Regulation encouraged a cluster approach to increase the participation of the organizations and to involve local stakeholders in the commitment to sustainability. Our research activity intends to partially fill the literature gap in the field by investigating the Italian cluster approach to EMAS, characterized by the creation of a cluster Managing Committee (MC)—which can receive an EMAS Cluster Certificate—in order to improve the implementation of the scheme. We investigated the effectiveness of MCs actions on different stakeholder categories in the nine Italian clusters with EMAS Cluster Certificate. We present the results of a survey conducted through different stakeholder categories in the considered clusters. The main goals of the investigation are to determine the effectiveness of EMAS Certificate for: local stakeholder involvement, network creation, environmental performance improvement and the increase in EMAS single registration. We find that EMAS Cluster Certificate is perceived as effective in improving environmental performance of the area and enhancing cluster image. Despite the recognition of these positive aspects, few organizations showed interest in EMAS registration because of the costs involved and the lack of incentives available from public institutions.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 6 Reads 1 Citation Life Cycle Approach: A Critical Review in the Tourism Sector Gabriella Arcese, Maria Claudia Lucchetti, Roberto Merli Published: 11 November 2013
Proceedings of The 3rd World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf3-a007
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Sustainability is a key factor of competitiveness. It is important that sustainability assessments are effectively addressed in a global perspective. Therefore, beside instruments such as, for example, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Life Cycle Assessment, which analyze the environmental, economic and social impacts throughout the life cycle of a product/process or a service, different tools and approaches are adopted as strategic tools for the management to evaluate more in detail and in an organic manner the impacts in terms of sustainability. Among these, it is particularly significant that the Life Cycle Management, being still in its early stage of development, is not applied by means globally shared, but presents extremely promising methodological features. For these reasons, it seemed interesting to propose an application to tourism activities, for the particular characteristics of service delivery, which better than others lend themselves to the development of data related to sustainability. The main goal of this paper is to present a wide theoretical review in literature for the tourism sector application, characterizing gaps and critical issues and, at the same time, outlining the well-established assumptions and the unexplored themes by the international community about this topic.