Environmental management practices among small and medium manufacturing entreprises in Nakuru town, Kenya
Walela H Barasa, Dr. Mokua Millicent, Dr. Moses Otiali Esilaba, Moses Gichuho Chege
This paper discusses the findings of a study on environmental management strategies among small and medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) in Nakuru Town, Kenya. This paper discussed one of the objectives of identifying the specific actions taken by SMEs to reduce the environmental impacts originating from their activities. Stratified and simple random sampling procedures were used to select the thirty two (32) manufacturing SMEs in Nakuru Municipality. It was observed that the implementation of the environmental management strategies among small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises in Nakuru was minimal. Environmental practices such as engaging in environmental audits, developing an environmental policy, having designated environmental officer and implementation of EMS are still very low or non-existent. However resource conservation efforts take priority with most SMEs making efforts to reduce operational costs through energy and water conservation. It is concluded that SMEs are less concerned with environmental issues and that the lack of financial and technical capacity limit enterprises’ ability to engage in sound environmental management practices. There is need therefore, for SMEs to address the limiting factors such as capacity building so as to support sustainable environmental practices.