Green Denial Amongst Smaller Businesses

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Green Denial Amongst Smaller Businesses

David Connor's commentary appears regularly on his blog, David Coethica's Blog
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 2:00pm

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Houston, we have a problem, and I mean we ALL have a problem.

The UK Environment Agency yesterday reported that more than 50% (from a sample of 7000) of small and medium sized businesses said “an environmental policy was of ‘no use’ to their business in the current climate.” The same research also showed a fall in the appreciation about their environmental impact.

Did you know approximately 99% of businesses in developed countries are small or medium sized? In the UK that means 59% (14 million people) of private sector employees and 52% (£1450 billion) private sector turnover in the UK. The potential scale and therefore impact of this problem, if such apathy within UK small and medium enterprises (SME) is similar around the globe it woudl be too depressing to comprehend. How much scarce energy, water and materials are being wasted in the name of economic survival?

Instead of blaming China and the rest of the developing world for all the future environmental damage how about picking on your neighbourhood hairdresser, restaurant, printers, taxi cab or plumber?

 

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