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A case study of Barriers and overcoming strategies for the adoption of sustainable supply chain management by Chinese manufacturing SMEs in emerging economies
1.1 Background Information
Small and medium enterprises, or what in the popular parlance are called SMEs, has long been accepted as the engines of economic growth and development. The impact of SMEs in the global economy is a very crucial role in the construction of a society which is free of poverty. The reason is that they not only provide ample job opportunities to the different strata of the society but also ensure the flow of money across the various levels of society. SMEs also play a very critical role in the world economy by contributing to the employment scenario along with the input and output. In a contemporary complex and competitive business environment, the adaptation of appropriate strategies is a particularly important effort to furthering the development of companies from the SMEs sector. Professionals should focus beyond just economic impacts but also the environment and social factor. In this context, the application of the concept of sustainable supply chain management (SCM) in the operation strategy of SMEs seems to be a very important function. (The SMEs mainly consist of Chinese manufacture industry, Brazilian mining industry and Australian Agriculture and animal husbandry).