Business Resource Efficiency (BRE) competency frameworks

Start date:
October 2010
March 2011

WRAP was tasked by Defra to deliver Business Resource Efficiency (BRE), by supporting resource efficiency amongst Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). This piece of research aimed to help WRAP better understand the sectors and/or types of SME that will be more willing to act than others; to better understand SMEs generally; and to understand how different types of intervention will be more appropriate to different types of business. Aims of this work included:
• Considering the types of resource efficient behaviours WRAP should seek to influence during their next business plan, and to establish a framework of key competencies to benchmark progress.
• Developing a competency framework for resource efficiency for SMEs in the UK
• Better understanding the motivations and barriers for SMEs to act in a resource efficient way
• Developing a repeatable method of measuring behaviour change in SMEs

Our methodology had four phases:
• A focused literature review of secondary evidence sources;
• Development of an outline competency framework for resource efficiency for SMEs;
• Primary research (in depth interviews) to test the initial framework and to cognitively test questions for a quantitative survey;
• Second phase of in-depth interviews with a sample of larger SMEs, seeking to determine whether the evolving competency model was valid.

The final report is available for download from the link in the centre column.

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