Sustainability Management And Small And Medium Sized Enterprises

966 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Sustainability is an important issue with regards to minimizing environmental impact. Large corporations are under a great deal a political and public pressure to practice sustainable business methods that reduce their environmental impact. The article Sustainability Management and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises sheds light on the over looked small to medium size companies in Germany and their lack to implement methods that achieve sustainability. The goal of the article is to raise awareness within these mid-range enterprises on how much of an ecological footprint they leave on the environment and propose adjustments to establish sustainability within this region. Sustainability was presented early in the semester as a foundation for understanding the impacts humans have on the environment. Sustainability is defined as the capacity of the earth’s natural systems and human cultural systems to survive, flourish, and adapt into the very long-term future (Miller and Spoolman). There are three scientific principles of sustainability; Solar energy, Biodiversity, and chemical cycling. Dependence on solar energy is key because the sun provides warmth and fuels photosynthesis that provides oxygen for our planet. Biodiversity is important because supporting variety and adaptability of natural systems and species limits threats and extinctions to occur in ecosystems. Chemical cycling is the flow of elements between the environment to organisms and then back into the environment.…

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