Environmental performance in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) certified to ISO 14001 in the United Kingdom

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This study reports the environmental performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), who are already certified to the ISO 14001 standard in the United Kingdom. A survey questionnaire was used and 59 SMEs responded to this study. The results show that SMEs has gained various benefits from the implementation of the standard. The ISO 14001 implementation has increased awareness among SMEs staff, improved procedure and documentation, improved management structures and upheld their image. SMEs also recorded financial savings in areas like waste recycling/reuse, energy and water consumption and legal compliance. Even though, the saving are far less than larger organizations has obtained, its shows that this standard could give more to SMEs in the longer period. Through a good environmental image and having EMS in place, SMEs have a competitive edge in the market where supply chain pressure is increasing. However, they still faced problems in terms of costs and time during the implementation processes and in maintaining the standard. These problems can be solved if they have support from the authorities, business clubs and environmental NGOs. Publicity and promotion of the benefits of ISO 14001 implementation in SMEs could encourage other SMEs to follow suit. Further incentives by the government like tax reduction and financial grants to SMEs who are certified should be considered. As financial problems still remain an obstacle for SMEs in adopting EMS, financial grants, like SCEEMAS can be useful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-14
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Business Management
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Environmental performance
Small and medium-sized enterprises
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Long period
Management structure
Costs
Tax
Water consumption
Non-governmental organizations
Supply chain
Reuse
Implementation process
Energy consumption
Government
Documentation
Clubs
Savings
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Keywords

  • Business and the environment
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental performance
  • Green consumerism
  • ISO 14001
  • SMEs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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