Environmental Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Practices of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises


The main aim of this paper is to facilitate small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt environmental management (EM) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. The study reveals SMEs‟ motivation, pressure, targets and methods for EM and CSR practices. Additionally, the paper investigates how these variables relate to employee number, turnover and geographical locations. The outcomes of the research will add value to SMEs decision-making processes in both strategic and policy levels (e.g. supplier selection) and policymakers‟ initiatives to make SMEs environment and socially friendly. Although there are studies on EM and CSR practices of SMEs, they mainly focus on impact of EM and CSR practices on business performance, and SMEs‟ motivation for adopting EM and CSR practices in specific country. Studies that reveal SMEs‟ motivation, pressure, targets and methods for EM and CSR practices and their relationship with their characteristics (e.g. size, turn over, and geographical location) are scant. This research bridges this gap. Our data originates from 223 carefully selected representative SMEs in the West Midlands, UK (105) and Kolkata, India (118) covering manufacturing and process industries. The relevant data was collected using questionnaires and analysed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) methods. The results reveal that perceptions of SMEs‟ motivation, pressure, targets and methods of EM and CSR practices vary considerably with respect to size, turn over and geographical location. The findings are significant to policymakers, client organizations and individual SME for improving EM and CSR practices.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.201
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
Additional Information: © 2018, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental management ,Corporate social responsibility ,SMEs ,Developed/emerging economies
Publication ISSN: 1879-1786
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2024 09:33
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 07:40
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Published Date: 2018-09-10
Published Online Date: 2018-05-28
Accepted Date: 2018-05-23
Authors: Dey, Prasanta K (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9984-5374)
Petridis, Nikolaos
Petridis, Konstantinos (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0733-9336)
Malesios, Chrisovalantis
Nixon, Jonathan D
Ghosh, Kumar

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