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SME Sector -- the challenges ahead.

Authors:
Bhatia, N. K.
Source:
Paintindia; Apr2008, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p66-66, 1p
Document Type:
Article
Subject Terms:
*SMALL business
*POLLUTION
*TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
*MANUFACTURING processes
*QUALITY control
GREEN products
GLOBAL warming
Geographic Terms:
INDIA
Abstract:
The article focuses on the challenges facing the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India. It
states that one of these is the development of environment friendly productssince the current
emphasis is on reducing the pollution and global warming. Another challenge according to the
author is technological upgradation in terms of manufacturingprocess, quality control and
product performance.
ISSN:
05564409
Accession Number:
32849013
Database:
GreenFILE
SME Sector -- the challenges ahead.Detail Only Available By: Bhatia, N. K.. Paintindia, Apr2008, Vol. 47
Issue 4, p66-66, 1p; (AN 32849013)

Environmental Respect: Ethics or Simply Business? A Study in the Small and Medium Enterprise
(SME) Context.
Authors:
Cambra-Fierro, Jesús1 jjcamfie@upo.es
Hart, Susan2
Polo-Redondo, Yolanda3
Source:
Journal of Business Ethics; Oct2008, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p645-656, 12p, 1 Diagram
Document Type:
Article
Subject Terms:
*BUSINESS enterprises -- Environmental aspects
*SOCIAL responsibility of business
*SMALL business
*CORPORATE image
*ENVIRONMENTAL responsibility
ETHICS
Author-Supplied Keywords:
environmental respect
ethics
image
market
regulation
Abstract:
In recent years there have been ever-growing concerns regarding environmental decline, causing
some companies to focus on the implementation of environmentally friendlysupply, production
and distribution systems. Such concern may stem either from the set of beliefs and values of the
company’s management or from certain pressure exerted by the market – consumers and
institutions – in the belief that an environmentally respectful management policy will contribute to
the transmission of a positive image of the company and its products. Sometimes, however,
ethics and market rules are not enough to deal with this situation and specific laws must be
considered. This is the case when companies base their activity on the ‹ethics of self-interest’
concentrating their efforts on projecting an adequate image – e.g. environmental respect – rather
than fundamentally behaving in environmentally respectful ways. This article, taking as reference
the SME context, discusses the reasons for implementing environmentallyfriendly systems. Both
ethics and business seem to be relevant and, therefore, a certain balance between market and
interventionism seems to be necessary. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Author Affiliations:
1
Business & Marketing , University “Pablo de Olavide” , Ctra. Utrera, km. 1 Sevilla 41.013 Spain
2
Department of Marketing , University of Strathclyde , 173 Cathedral Street Glasgow G4 ORQ UK
3
Department Economia y D. de Empresas , University of Zaragoza , C/ Gran Via 2 Zaragoza
50.005 Spain
ISSN:
0167-4544
DOI:
10.1007/s10551-007-9583-1
Accession Number:
34729179
Database:
Business Source Premier
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Environmental Respect: Ethics or Simply Business? A Study in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME)
Context.Detail Only Available By: Cambra-Fierro, Jesús; Hart, Susan; Polo-Redondo, Yolanda. Journal of
Business Ethics, Oct2008, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p645-656, 12p, 1 Diagram; DOI: 10.1007/s10551-007-9583-1;
(AN 34729179)

Stepwise environmental product declarations: ten SME case studies.


Authors:
Zackrisson, Mats1 mats.zackrisson@swerea.se
Rocha, Cristina2
Christiansen, Kim3
Jarnehammar, Anna4
Source:
Journal of Cleaner Production; Nov2008, Vol. 16 Issue 17, p1872-1886, 15p
Document Type:
Article
Subject Terms:
*PRODUCT information management
*CASE studies
*PRODUCT life cycle
*SUPPLY chain management
COMMUNICATION in the environmental sciences
GREEN products
Abstract:
Abstract: The lack of reliable communication tools is anticipated to become an important barrier to
design and sell products with improved environmental performance. In this paper,
environmental product declarations, EPDs, and in particular a Stepwise EPD approach is
investigated as a means to overcome the communication barrier. The experiences of ten
European SMEs who have tried to use Stepwise EPDs for market communication and as a basis
for eco-design are described and discussed. The experiences suggest that Stepwise EPDs
based on life cycle assessment can be a cost-efficient tool to improve the
environmental performance of products. For normal marketing activities the Stepwise EPDs
were disappointing. Using the underlying LCA as a platform for in-depth communication with
selected parties in the supply chain showed more promise. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]

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download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is
given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the
material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Author Affiliations:
1
Swerea IVF AB, Stockholm, Sweden
2
INETI, National Institute of Engineering, Technology and Innovation, Lisbon, Portugal
3
2.-0 LCA Consultants, Copenhagen, Denmark
4
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd, Stockholm, Sweden
ISSN:
0959-6526
DOI:
10.1016/j.jclepro.2008.01.001
Accession Number:
34249429
.

Academic Journal

Stepwise environmental product declarations: ten SME case studies.Detail Only Available By: Zackrisson,
Mats; Rocha, Cristina; Christiansen, Kim; Jarnehammar, Anna. Journal of Cleaner Production, Nov2008,
Vol. 16 Issue 17, p1872-1886, 15p; DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2008.01.001; (AN 34249429)