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Environmental management systems and sustainability in SMEs

Environmental management systems and sustainability in SMEs

Shah, Satya, Naghi Ganji, Elmira and Hasan, Syed (2016) Environmental management systems and sustainability in SMEs. In: 20th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers (CSCC 2016). Systems, 76 (02006). Matec Web of Conferences, Greece. ISSN 2261-236X (Online) (doi:

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Environmental sustainability in manufacturing sector has been allocated a major consideration in the international literature. Due to growing concerns over the high effect of SMEs on world manufacturing industries and their contribution to pollution; this research attempts to focus on the key parameters that interact in the application of environmental management system, taking into account the main features of SMEs and also the integral role of industrial entrepreneurs in inspiring their firms’ approaches. The paper explores the potential opportunities which enable these enterprises to move towards organizations with high level of responsibility regarding environmental protection in order to provide a healthier life for future generations. Case investigation is carried out on an adhesive manufacturing company, which covers a notable market share within the sector. The research identifies that the company requires developing both internal and external entities within an explicit plan to revolutionize the recruitment patterns. Given the lack of adequate studies in adhesive technology, more researches are recommended in the future to consider the sustainable innovations on a broader sample of adhesive manufacturing companies to perform the life-cycle analysis due to the harmful organic compounds and toxic vapours of the adhesive products.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 20th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers (CSCC 2016)
Additional Information: © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2016. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental management systems; Sustainability; SMEs; Manufacturing
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 23:36

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