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Environmental factors and organisations
The interactions of business with the non-commercial enviromnent are under increasing...
The interactions of business with the non-commercial enviromnent are under increasing scrutiny. This unit looks at the relationships between business and social and ecological environments, often referred to under the umbrella term of Corporate Social Responsibility. The unit examines efforts to reconcile what often look to be competing demands by moving towards a more ethical environment.
After studying this unit you will:
- understand the need for organisations to acknowledge the influence of their environments and the impact that they in turn as organisations have on those environments.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The commercial environment
- 2 The green environment
- 3 The ethical environment
- 4 Environmental factors and organisations: review
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Environmental factors and organisations
‘Environment’ is one of the more popular words in the management lexicon, most generally understood to be referring to ‘something outside’. But common usage today often interprets the Environment (with or without the capital ‘E’) as referring to the planetary ecosystem. On that basis the Environment includes such things as global warming, the state of the ozone layer, deforestation and the means of energy generation. Organisations need to coexist with their environment, responding to that which they experience from it and being responsible for that which they export into it. This unit will focus upon the interactions between the commercial environment and the green environment, looking at attempts to reconcile the two by moving towards a more ethical environment.
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