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Greening British Businesses

SMEs and the New Wave of the Environmental Social Movement

Curtis Ziniel and Tony Bradley

This article examines relationships between a new wave of radical green activism and an increase in greening businesses in Britain. We examine the spread of the movement through the formation of businesses implementing more environmentally sustainable practices. Our empirical data, combined with Office for National Statistics data, are drawn from both the supply and the demand side of the economy. Our analysis tests key individual-level determinants (education, energy conscientiousness, localism) and area-level determinants (party politics, population density). Our findings indicate the main factors in determining the growth of the ethical marketplace. We draw conclusions about relationships between environmental social movements and SME business sectors. Our results have implications for research on ethical business development and consumerism and for literature on social movements and political geography.

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Editorial Introduction

The Cases of Germany and the United Kingdom

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

presence of green business; and the presence of radical environmental activist groups. The classification into specific groups also here is connected with the five social quality conditional factors. The best predictor of community resilience turns out to

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The Case of the United Kingdom

Mapping Localism, Resilience, and Civic Activism in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tony Bradley, Issam Malki, Curtis Ziniel, and Asad Ghalib

civic movement—which is local, national, and supranational—which supported this view. Radical environmental action was positively correlated with the local occurrence of green businesses, although we were skeptical about drawing a simple line of

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Inventing Eco-Cycle

A Social Enterprise Approach to Sustainability Education

Sandy Smith-Nonini

both environmental and artistic criteria, plus a best product for green job creation award (which happily went to an artistically painted Eco-Cycle rain barrel!). We filled the room with exhibits of upcycler crafters and local green businesses. This

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Critical pedagogy and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Questioning our post-secondary institutions’ investment strategies

David P. Thomas

local credit union rather than a large bank, or financing projects such as ‘affordable housing, social infrastructures such as seniors’ residences and women’s shelters, renewable energy and green businesses, or Aboriginal economic development’ ( Jackson

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The Societal Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Explained via Three Frameworks

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

—for example, austerity strategies, climate action, fair trade, green business, and radical environmental activism. These characteristics are connected with the social quality conditional factors. The presence of “radical (or even anarchist) environmental

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Utopian Spaces, Dystopian Places?: A Local Community-Based Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility

Zoe Bray and Christian Thauer

Thornton . 2003 . Shades of Green: Business, Regulation, and Environment . Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press . Hamann , Ralph , and Paul Kapelus . 2004 . “ Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining in Southern Africa: Fair Accountability or

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The Ordering of Green Values

Ecological Justification in Public Fracking Controversies in Germany and Poland

Claudia Foltyn, Reiner Keller, and Matthias S. Klaes

) . They discuss that much attention in “greening businesses” has been directed to issues of firm competitiveness. Still, they claim that behind this generic claim lies “a complexity of justifications, including issues of increased efficiency, social