services; they are responsible for the property and buildings they own. In addition to that, one of their most signifi cant responsibilities is as examples to their employees or members.
SMEs are often characterized by a strong personal leader fi gure. They operate mainly in a regional context, rarely across national borders. Their products may well be intermediate inputs for the production of goods by bigger companies. At the same time, they depend on raw materials. They have little or no influence on the way these inputs are produced or exploited.
Suppose for instance that you are running a business that uses precious metals in its process, or its products. You will have to depend on the work of the people who mine the metals – and they may be obliged to destroy a forest to reach their goal and earn a living. Or again, palm oil is used in a huge range of products, from soap to margarine, and now increasingly in biofuels. Growing it can mean forest destruction and consequent releases of CO2 and methane, and probably other GHGs.
But business can infl uence emissions through its policies. If your procurement policy, for example, depends on spare parts or raw materials reaching
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