An investigation into the sustainable actions of micro and small businesses

Williams, Sarah ORCID logo ORCID: and Marshall, Stacey (2019) An investigation into the sustainable actions of micro and small businesses. In: Crowther, David, Shahla, Seifi and Wond, Tracey, (eds.) Responsibility and governance. Approaches to Global Sustainability, Markets, and Governance . Springer Link, Switzerland, pp. 237-255. Item availability may be restricted.

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Although much is written about the approach of larger companies towards their environmental responsibilities, there is much less concerning smaller companies. This gap in research is particularly apparent within micro businesses. If the sustainability actions of a business are related to the perceived drivers and barriers of the leader, then this should be even more apparent in very small companies where the leader is closer to the firm. This paper contributes by investigating the current sustainability behaviours of micro and small businesses, with a specific emphasis on the drivers and barriers of their environmental activity. In order to achieve this, an empirical, cross-sectional study was carried out using a mixed methods approach in partnership with the UK-based Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The results find a surprising number of eco-friendly activities carried out by micro and small business with a strong desire for support to overcome resource and capability barriers.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Springer Link
ISBN: 9789811310478
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
Depositing User: Sarah Williams
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 15:43
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 09:19
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