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ECO-PRODUCTIVITY AS THE SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE SOURCE: AN ANALYSIS OF RECENT APPLICATIONS FROM TURKISH ENTERPRISES

AUTHOR/S: T. AKGEMCI, B. DOGANALP, V. CAGLIYAN
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2010

10th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2010, www.sgem.org, SGEM2010 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 20-26, 2010, Vol. 2, 537-544 pp

ABSTRACT

In the context of global environmental crisis being experienced, it has become an
obligation to take urgent measures and have environmental awareness for both the
nations and the enterprises that are the basic dynamics of the society and indispensable
components of the economic life in order to achieve sustainable development. In recent
years, it has seen that the comprehension begun with the pollution control in 1970s has
been transformed into the comprehension named clean production consisting of the
applications of using less resource, energy and hazardous material, recycling the waste
materials, and eco-designing. The enterprises can regard the activities of environmental
improvement as a cost factor. Actually, the paradigm of eco-productivity as a technique
of clean-production aiming to generate minimum pollution while producing more with
less resource can be considered as an requisite application in the twenty first century
because of its effects on reducing the costs, increasing the corporate image, providing
an opportunity for exporting, and strengthening the competitive advantage together with
reducing the environmental effects. In addition to these, the increase in the
environmental performance considered to be more effective in the future causes the
increase in the organizational performance.
In this context, this study is a descriptive study that discusses and states the concept of
eco-productivity and the applications of sample firms in Turkey.

Keywords: Clean production, eco-productivity, sustainable development, sustainable competitive advantage, SMEs, Turkey.