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Environmental sustainability orientation and financial resources of small manufacturing firms in the Philippines

Roxas, Banjo and Chadee, Doren 2012, Environmental sustainability orientation and financial resources of small manufacturing firms in the Philippines, Social responsibility journal, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 208-226, doi: 10.1108/17471111211234842.

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Title Environmental sustainability orientation and financial resources of small manufacturing firms in the Philippines
Author(s) Roxas, BanjoORCID iD for Roxas, Banjo orcid.org/0000-0003-3675-0535
Chadee, DorenORCID iD for Chadee, Doren orcid.org/0000-0001-6745-1891
Journal name Social responsibility journal
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 208
End page 226
Total pages 19
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication West Yorks, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1747-1117
1758-857X
Keyword(s) Philippines
environmental sustainability orientation
small firms
small business
manufacturing firms
SME
Summary Purpose - This study challenges the conventional view that resources determine the extent of environmental sustainability orientation (ESO) of small firms in a developing Southeast Asian country context. First, this study attempts to develop a measurement model of ESO of small firms in the manufacturing sector in the Philippines. Second, the study explores the impact of the financial resources on the ESO of firms.

Design/methodology/approach - The study uses survey data from 166 small manufacturing firms in three Philippine cities. Multiple regression modelling is used to estimate the relationships between firm resources and ESO.

Findings - The results indicate that ESO is a multi-dimensional construct with three facets: awareness of, actions for, and appreciation of environmental sustainability. The empirical evidence does not support the conventional firm resources – ESO proposition.

Research limitations/implications - A proactive ESO is not necessarily beyond the reach of resource-constrained small firms. The generalisability of the findings however is limited to small manufacturing firms in the Philippines.

Practical implications - This study informs owner-managers of small firms that a proactive ESO does not largely depend on financial resources. Government policies and programs to encourage small firms to become sustainable should not only focus on financial forms of assistance.

Originality/value -  To date, this is the only Philippine-based study and one of the scarce small firm-focused studies that examine the proposition that small firms are unable to pursue a proactive ESO due to resource-constraints.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/17471111211234842
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042412

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