Issues for small businesses with waste management: Resources or attitude?

Janice Redmond, Elizabeth Walker, Calvin Wang

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Participation by small and medium enterprise (SME) in corporate social responsibility issues has been found to be lacking. This is a critical issue, as individually SMEs may have little impact on the environment but their collective footprint is significant. The management style and ethical stance of the owner-manager affects business decision making and therefore has a direct impact on the environmental actions of the business. Although adoption of environmental practices to create competitive advantage has been advocated, many businesses see implementation as a cost which cannot be transferred to their customers. After a brief review of pertinent literature this paper reports on an exploratory investigation into the issue. Results show that whereas owner-managers of small enterprises express concern regarding the environment, this does not then translate into better waste management practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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