Sustainable Environmental and Social Practices in Companies in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

  • Simone SehnemEmail author
  • Hilka Pelizza Vier Machado
Part of the Applying Quality of Life Research book series (BEPR)


Current research, comprising a questionnaire answered by 50 companies, identifies the introduction and implementation of sustainable and social practices by the companies, their motives for implementing them, the difficulties they face, and the benefits they receive. Results reveal that environmental practices fully implemented by 68% of the companies comprise the monitoring of risks and opportunities for the organizations’ activity due to climatic changes, 56% of the firms under analysis separate wastes, and 52% of the firms train personnel in health and safety procedures on work. Non-implemented practices include incineration (burning of mass) by 80% of the firms, hiring of indigenous and tribal workers by 68%, composting by 64%, and use of surface water in processing.


Sustainability Sustainable practices Environmental and social practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Doutorado em Administração. Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina, Campus Chapecó, SeminárioChapecóBrazil

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