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Sustainable and socially responsible business: doable reality or just a luxury? An exploratory study of the Bangladeshi manufacturing SMEs

Hasan, M. N. (2016) Sustainable and socially responsible business: doable reality or just a luxury? An exploratory study of the Bangladeshi manufacturing SMEs. World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development. 1746-0581. (In Press)

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Drawing on the ISO 26000: 2010 – Guidance on Social Responsibility, this study investigates the extent to which Bangladeshi manufacturing SMEs are incorporating sustainability into their day-to-day business activities. The findings reconfirm the existence of the so called ‘attitude-behaviour’ gap. The barriers that hinder the sustainable engagement of SMEs include corruption, a weak regulatory environment, inefficient or ill-suited government and external support, and a lack of awareness of the environmental aspects of SR. In addition, this research reveals that Bangladeshi manufacturing SMEs do, to a certain degree, implement sustainability; only those few issues that suit the owner-managers’ personal motives are addressed, while some others are neglected. Finally, it has been found that the business type and size, and the owner-managers’ educational attainments have no significant influence on the degree of adoption of sustainable and socially responsible business practices by Bangladeshi manufacturing SMEs.
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs, social responsibility, ISO 26000, ethics, sustainability, developing countries, Bangladesh
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD60 Social responsibility of business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2340 Small and medium-sized businesses, artisans, handicrafts, trades
Creators: Hasan, Md Nazmul
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Sustainable Business Practices
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 18 June 2016
Date Type: Acceptance
Journal or Publication Title: World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development
Language: English
ISSN: 1746-0581
Status: In Press
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9788

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