Topic: SME

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.

 

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SME Sustainability Challenges 2014

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Download(s): SME Report

For the third consecutive year, NBS’s Montréal office met with the SME Council to discuss their sustainability priorities. NBS was pleased to welcome several new […] ... Read More »

Game of Loans: Opposing Management Strategies in Microfinance

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Managers come in all shapes and sizes. Is there a management strategy that yields the best results? Should managers define rules and practices, expecting collaborators to follow […] ... Read More »

The Goldilocks Principle

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No company can function independently from the community in which it operates. This is especially true for small businesses. What’s more, a mutually supportive company-community […] ... Read More »

Six Tips to Help SMEs with Ecodesign

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Ecodesign Imparts Competitive Advantage, Especially for SMEs Ecodesign means designing products that minimize environmental impact along the entire product life-cycle.  This includes reducing resource consumption […] ... Read More »

SME Sustainability Challenges 2013

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Download(s): SME Challenges Report 2013

For the second consecutive year, this report identifies SME-specific challenges, while highlighting the contributions of small firms towards sustainability. This year, NBS’s SME Council brought […] ... Read More »

How to Make Money by Going Green

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In this economy, every business needs an edge. A new guide called How to Make Money by Going Green identifies actions small businesses can take that will […] ... Read More »

The Power of “Good Enough”

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Studies show consumers are willing to pay 5 to 10 per cent more for green products and services, so long as they function as well […] ... Read More »

How Going Green Can Help Your Business

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Quick and easy changes in your small business can help you cut costs, increase revenues, keep great employees and build community goodwill. Why Go Green? […] ... Read More »

Top 10 CSR Research Findings of 2012

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The following are the most popular Research Insights published in 2012: 1. Burned-Out Employees? Reduce Absenteeism with Workplace Interventions Michael Leiter shows weekly meetings and […] ... Read More »

A Guide for Retailers: Engaging Employees in Going “Green”

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Download(s): Employee Engagement Guide

This guide presents 10 proven ways to engage employees in your company’s environmental and social goals. It is based on 30 years of academic and […] ... Read More »

A Guide for Service Providers: Engaging Employees in Going “Green”

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Download(s): Employee Engagement Guide

This guide presents 10 proven ways to engage employees in your company’s environmental and social goals. It is based on 30 years of academic and […] ... Read More »

A Guide for Manufacturers: Engaging Employees in “Going Green”

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Download(s): Employee Engagement Guide

This guide presents 10 proven ways to engage employees in your company’s environmental and social goals. It is based on 30 years of academic and […] ... Read More »

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