A corporate environmental value system (CEVS) is a universal view or a set of paradigms that help shape the way your company perceives, evaluates, and deals with environmental issues. This CEVS view is influenced by many variables including cultural (including religion), economic and socio-political contexts (i.e., .democratic or authoritarian society), and like all other systems, has inputs and outputs which are determined by the actions made or not made.  Information and data flow from people in societies into changes in perceptions of the environment and changes in decisions about how to handle environmental issues. The corporate goal is to discover it’s value’s so that it will lead to direct positive actions in response to concerns about the environment. In this document, when we refer to the world ‘value’ we mean ‘worth.’


There are 3 main types of Environmental Values Systems

Technocentrism – proposes that humans and the use of technology will be able to provide solutions to solving environmental problems, even when resources are pushed to the limit.

On the extreme Cornucopians: View the world as a place with infinite resources to benefit humans. They believe that growth will provide wealth to improve the lives of everyone and proposes that a free-market economy can achieve this. On the other extreme Environmental Managers: Holds that law is needed to protect the environment and that if an environment is damaged, those who suffer should be compensated.

    • Nature: nature is a model, but can be replaced by technology when needed
    • Society: human health and well-being are central to decision-making
    • Economy: maintain an overall total of human, built and natural capital
    • Who decides: technology experts (as advisors to the government)

Anthropocene – a people dominant centric view between technocentricism & ecocentrism

    1. Nature: the environment is a resource for humans to use as needed
    2. Society: human health and well-being are central in decision-making
    3. Economy: maintain an overall total of human, built and natural capital
    4. Who decides: elected government representatives

Ecocentrism (Deep Ecology) – takes that position that we know very little about living things and their complex relationships, and there we do not have the ability to manage the environment truly. Deep Ecologists: Believe that the living environment has the same right to live and flourish as humanity. Concerned about the impacts of human life as one part of the eco-sphere. Not all natural resources are for human use. Deep ecology seeks a more holistic view of the world we live in.

    • Nature: environmental conservation is central to decision-making
    • Society: humans are part of nature
    • Economy: maintain natural capital, as well as overall total capital
    • Who decides: empowerment; everyone has the capacity and the opportunity to participate in decision-making

Discover your corporate values. Answer and circle the top 5

  • What are the core values of your business?
  • What are the values of your leaders and management?
  • What are the values of your employees?
  • What is the value of your customers?

Values list for reference

  • Authenticity
  • Achievement
  • Adventure
  • Authority
  • Autonomy
  • Balance
  • Beauty
  • Boldness
  • Compassion
  • Challenge
  • Citizenship
  • Community
  • Competency
  • Contribution
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Determination
  • Fairness
  • Faith
  • Fame
  • Friendships
  • Fun
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Honesty
  • Humor
  • Influence
  • Inner Harmony
  • Justice
  • Kindness
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Love
  • Loyalty
  • Meaningful Work
  • Openness
  • Optimism
  • Peace
  • Pleasure
  • Poise
  • Popularity
  • Recognition
  • Religion
  • Reputation
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Security
  • Self-Respect
  • Service
  • Spirituality
  • Stability
  • Success
  • Status
  • Trustworthiness
  • Wealth
  • Wisdom

Discover your value influences. Answer and circle the top 5

  • What influences your value systems?
    • Inputs
      • Media
      • School
      • Peers
      • Religion
      • Culture
      • Family
    • Processes
      • Listening
      • Rejecting
      • Accepting
      • Learning
      • Thinking
      • Deciding
    • Outputs
      • Decisions
      • Actions
      • Answers
      • Choices
      • Perspectives
      • Viewpoints