Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can, and often do, embrace social, environmental and economic sustainability as part of their business operations even when it might not be named as such and can seem far removed from core activities. SME owner-managers are often keen to ensure a strong, positive legacy for their business, especially where the business is a family concern. Their smallness can actually be an advantage: owner-managers can strongly influence employee behaviour and a lack of formal management structures can make change easier. SMEs can also adapt quickly and agilely when it suits them, leaving them well-positioned to take advantage of new niche markets for products or services with socially responsible components. Find resources and information on sustainability and SMEs here.
The Latest From the SME Blog
NBS Topic Editor Dr. Laura Spence and colleagues report on the evolving research agenda for CSR and SMEs. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in… Read More
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In small businesses, size and flat hierarchies make ecodesign changes easier to implement.