Fostering sustainability through sourcing from small businesses: public sector perspectives

Walker, Helen and Preuss, Lutz (2008) Fostering sustainability through sourcing from small businesses: public sector perspectives. Journal of Cleaner Production, 16 (15). pp. 1600-1609. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

This article examines the opportunities for fostering sustainable development through public sector sourcing from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Buying from small businesses can make such contributions in a variety of forms, ranging from a contribution to local economic development through providing innovative green products and services, particularly in the food sector, to helping the public sector organisation to better align its operations with its community. Sourcing from small businesses also has implications for the governance of sourcing processes and can benefit from a partnership approach. Barriers to public sector sourcing from small businesses are discussed and suggestions made on how these can be overcome.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Canning, Electric energy storage, Environmental engineering, Environmental protection, Food preservation, Food products, Industrial economics, Planning, Strategic planning, Sustainable development, Elsevier (CO), Food sector, Green products, Local economic development (LED), public sectors, Small and medium sized enterprise (SME), Small businesses, Industry
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 14:11
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 14:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63856
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