Factors influencing the implementation of environmental management practices among small and medium sized enterprises in Nakuru town
Hillary Barasa Walela, Millicent A Mokua, Moses O Esilaba
A Logit regression model was used to analyse the influence of attributes of environmental awareness, age of firm, size, regulatory pressure and financial resources towards the implementation of environmental practices. A stratified and simple random sampling procedure was used to select thirty-two (32) manufacturing SMEs in Nakuru Municipality. Primary data was collected through structured questionnaires, face to face interviews and observations. Secondary data was collected from literature review, company reports and from the relevant publications. The findings revealed that the level of environmental awareness, the size of the firm and the availability of finances had significant influence on the implementation of environmental management practices. Such environmental practices include environmental audit, implementation of environmental management policies and resource minimization measures. However, the age of the firm and the regulatory pressure did not have significant influence on the implementation of environmental practices. We recommend increased efforts in raising environmental awareness of among the SMEs employees and managers as well offering incentives to SMEs to support programs that promote sustainable development.