Small businesses embrace “green” practices without financial incentives, survey shows

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a significant self-initiated role in sustainable and environmentally aware business practices, according to a new report from Canada’s University of Waterloo.

Researchers found that 80 percent of SMEs — which they say make up more than 98 per cent of all businesses in Canada — polled in a survey were actively engaged in sustainable business practices.

The survey results highlight the importance of implementing policies to support their efforts, the report states, indicating that SMEs represent a significant potential force in advancing the triple bottom line of profit-making, social wellbeing and environmental health.

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