This webinar is an opportunity to hear about - and discuss the implications of - the results from a pilot project which brought together small and medium enterprises (SMEs) together for two workshops in Oxford in the summer of 2017. The project is being led by Professor Richard Blundel of The Open University Business School, in partnership with Dr Tina Fawcett from the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and Sam Hampton, Oxfordshire Business Support.
The project ‘Growing Green; SME perspectives on sustainable growth in a low carbon economy’ is the first stage of a programme which combines leading-edge research on SME growth processes and environmental behaviours with practitioner expertise in SME engagement and climate change communication. Its primary aim is to help SMEs and intermediaries gain a better understanding of sustainable growth and its implications for their businesses.
If the UK and other countries are to meet their carbon reduction obligations, it is clear that SMEs will need to make significant, and in some cases radical changes, not only in terms of their day to day operational practices but also in their longer term trajectories. SMEs also influence the sustainability practices of countless other organisations and individuals through their products, services and communications.
As well as sharing insights into the barriers and opportunities that emerged during the workshops, Dr Chris Shaw, Senior Researcher at Climate Outreach, will be on hand to answer any questions about the process and findings, and discuss the next steps for the project.