Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility
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Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility

Global Perspectives

Edited by Laura J. Spence, Jedrzej G. Frynas, Judy N. Muthuri and Jyoti Navare

The vast majority of businesses globally are small. If business is to be socially responsible, we need to go beyond the westernised concept of 'Corporate Social Responsibility', to develop 'Small Business Social Responsibility'. This agenda-setting Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility includes leading research from around the world, including developed and developing country contexts. It provides a foundation for the further development of small business social responsibility as a scholarly subject and crucially important practice and policy field.
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Chapter 7: Small business social responsibility and sustainability metrics: a focus on environmental performance measurement and waste

Diego Vazquez-Brust and Laura J. Spence


Going beyond research on corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues in global supply chains, this chapter takes a practical look at how small business social responsibility and sustainability issues can be meaningfully measured, especially from the perspective of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Taking a particular focus on the environmental aspects of social responsibility and sustainability, the chapter provides guidance in terms of principles of environmental performance measurement and offers a general overview of two outstanding sustainable supply chain assessment tools. Our empirically based illustrative case suggests that metrics for waste management in small British companies are likely to provide better information about quality of waste management and its impact when they are: collected by stream of waste identifying total weight and waste management solution; and analysed using relative, context-based and impact-weighted indicators.

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