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Communicating progress on meeting the United Nations Global Compact goals : an analysis of the South African experience

dc.contributor.authorMalan, Danielen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorUngerer, Mariusen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-28T13:39:04Z
dc.date.available2019-08-28T13:39:04Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationMalan, D. & Ungerer, M. 2017. Communicating progress on meeting the United Nations Global Compact goals : an analysis of the South African experience. African Journal of Business Ethics, 11(2):1‑18, doi:10.15249/11-2-158
dc.identifier.issn0976-3600 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1817-7417 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.15249/11-2-158
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106393
dc.descriptionCITATION: Malan, D. & Ungerer, M. 2017. Communicating progress on meeting the United Nations Global Compact goals : an analysis of the South African experience. African Journal of Business Ethics, 11(2):1‑18, doi:10.15249/11-2-158.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://ajobe.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of business has been a consistent focus area in the field of corporate responsibility (CR). This article examines public disclosures on CR made by South African signatories to the United Nations Global Compact, with reference to recent contributions on the purpose of business. Over time, the focus of CR has shifted from an internal corporate to a broader systemic perspective, reflecting the view that the responsibility of corporations cannot be addressed in isolation. In terms of purpose, Porter and Kramer present Creating Shared Value (CSV) as a way to reinvent capitalism. Donaldson and Walsh argue that what counts as value for a single firm is not the same as value for business in general, and propose a world where collective value is optimized. Corporations have to confront global challenges with commitment and innovation. If they can do so successfully it will be in their own interest and also in the interest of the planet. It is frequently argued that – in addition – it will be the right thing to do from a moral perspective. The use of “in addition” is significant: it illustrates one of the key conceptual challenges to understanding the (perceived) tension between the business case and the moral case for corporate responsibility. “In addition” implies that the business case and the moral case are separate, but that, if they are aligned, there would be no tension. It is argued that the traditional resolution of this tension – enlightened self-interest –is both superficial and flawed. It is proposed that more corporate support for CR based on a normative foundation should be encouraged, and that the concept of Optimized Collective Value is an appropriate way to achieve this.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://ajobe.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/158
dc.format.extent18 pages ; illustrations
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherMedknow Publications
dc.subjectGlobal Compact -- South Africa Sustainable development reportingen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial responsibility of business -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectSustainable development reportingen_ZA
dc.titleCommunicating progress on meeting the United Nations Global Compact goals : an analysis of the South African experienceen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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