SMEs, environmental management and global warming: a fusion of influencing factors?

SMEs, environmental management and global warming: a fusion of influencing factors?
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Raar, Jean
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1 January 2015
Journal of Business Enterprise and Development. Vol. 22; Number 3
Business & management history: including the development of management thought
Business and management
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This is an article about the approach to environmental issues in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Australia. The diversity in issues examined ranges from concern for immediate stakeholders, their industry group and the influence of global warming on their business activities, to the type of environmental information included within their internal information systems. The authors used a mailed survey to obtain data from SMEs operating in Australia. The focus was primarily directed to medium size firms. According to the authors, the findings indicate that SMEs were aware that their stakeholders, particularly their employees and customers, were concerned about environmental issues. The respondent SMEs were also aware that global warming would influence their activities, for example, the design of their projects, health and safety, labour contracts, and customer relations. The authors conclude that any tailored approach to regulate or self-regulate environmental management in SMEs, be industry and stakeholder driven.

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