The report calls for more to be done to engage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with resource efficiency and suggests that intermediary organisations, such as banks, need to promote the agenda further.
The report is based on a programme of work undertaken on behalf of SDRN by AEA Technology. The workstream explored what is required to improve the operating effectiveness of businesses in the UK and culminated in a research workshop earlier this year. A mix of policy makers and academics, as well as representatives from NGOs, and the corporate sector attended the event, providing a diverse range of opinions on the issues that were discussed.
Key findings of SDRN’s Business Resource Efficiency workstream, which can be found in the report, include:
- Many businesses still perceive resource efficiency as a distraction from the core purpose of a business. Support programmes should help businesses realise that they can achieve their core objective better and more efficiently by adopting more sustainable practises.
- More consistent messages on resource efficiency are needed; a single ‘language’ would improve the communication of resource efficiency messages to businesses.
- Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro-businesses are less engaged with business resource efficiency. Future support programmes need to do more to ‘reach out’ to SMEs.
- The recession provides a perfect opportunity for encouraging businesses to become more resource efficient. Support programmes need to concentrate on communicating this message, and should identify the best means of reaching all businesses. There is an important role for intermediary organisations, like banks, in this.
The full report summarising findings from the research workshop, which focused primarily on support programmes for businesses in England, can be downloaded here: SDRN BRE Report.
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