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Hållbar utveckling: Hjärtefråga eller nödvändigt ont? – Miljöarbete hossvenska SME-företag i konfektionsbranschen.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Sustainable development : Affair of the heart or a forced action? –Environmental work of Swedish SME in the clothing industry. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to give an insight to how work is being pursued within Swedish SME in the clothing industry. Furthermore we investigate how efforts can proceed with environmental questions in a quest for sustainable development and bring clarity in the difficulties that occur. Through the use of company examples and a description of how they work we wanted to give stakeholders knowledge in what resources and procedures that are used today on the market. The function of the report is moreover to provide Swedish small and medium-sized clothing enterprises suggestions and directions of how to advance within sustainable development. In our theoretical frame we have chosen to administer the theories that we found suitable for our study. Seen from a perspective of sustainability we have thus applied the theories of stakeholder and legitimacy, an analysis model for a company’s actions in environmental questions and the theory of SME which describes a small or middle sized enterprise’s five competitive variables. The empirical frame we acquired for this thesis is presented in three chapters. Firstly we describe the situation within environmental progress in the clothing industry, from the choice of materials to environmental markings. Secondly the reader is given insight in what laws and regulations that applies within the textile area together with the unions, environmental management systems and standards that prevail as support. Thirdly, to sum up our empirical study, we introduce seven company examples and describe in what ways they work with sustainable development. In the interpretation and analysis of our company examples, we found that there is a difference between how companies work with environmental questions and sustainable development. We implicate that their work in some cases is based on a genuine interest for environment and in other cases; environmental questions are brought forward as a result of external forces from stakeholders. Furthermore, our assessment was that the standardizations and environmental markings that are available today are regarded as far too resource demanding and complicated to implement. Our opinion is thus that enterprises have not realized the value that lies within sustainable development. Thereof arises the companies’ tendency towards a short-sighted economical growth rather than the long-term economical growth which an investment in sustainable development generates. The thesis is written in Swedish.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Textiles , 2009.
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Magisteruppsats
Keywords [en]
sustainable development, sme, standards, environment, textile, clothing, konfektion
Keywords [sv]
hållbar utveckling, miljö, textil
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19327Local ID: 2320/4835OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19327DiVA, id: diva2:1311261
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Program: Textilekonomutbildningen magisterAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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