Environmental commitment and environmental sustainability practices of manufacturing small and medium enterprises in Uganda

Kasimu Sendawula (Department of Marketing and Management, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Vincent Bagire (Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Cathy Ikiror Mbidde (Department of Marketing and Management, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Peter Turyakira (Department of Marketing and Management, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Publication date: 7 December 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the relationship between environmental commitment and environmental sustainability practices of manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study employed a cross-sectional and correlational design using evidence from 106 manufacturing SMEs in Uganda. Data was analyzed through Statistical Package for Social Sciences Version 23.

Findings

Results show that environmental commitment is a significant predictor of environmental sustainability practices and its dimensions which comprise of eco-friendly packaging, energy efficiency, waste management and water conservation of the manufacturing SMEs in Uganda.

Originality/value

This study offers initial evidence on the association between environmental commitment and environmental sustainability practices using evidence from a developing country’s perspective. The results also provide new insights on the relationship between environmental commitment and the dimensions of environmental sustainability practices which comprise of eco-friendly packaging, energy efficiency, waste management and water conservation.

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Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the financial and moral support received from Makerere University. This paper is part of my PhD work and the listed co-authors are my PhD supervisors. The authors also acknowledge the contribution of the Doctoral committee (Dr Akileng Godfrey, Dr Anthony Tibaingana, Dr Pros Katumba and Dr Namanya David) for the insightful guidance and suggestions toward this work.

Citation

Sendawula, K., Bagire, V., Mbidde, C.I. and Turyakira, P. (2020), "Environmental commitment and environmental sustainability practices of manufacturing small and medium enterprises in Uganda", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-07-2020-0132

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