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Author : Candice Hunter & Kevin Mearns
School/Work Place : University of South Africa
Contact : mearnkf@unisa.ac.za
Year : 2016
The world is changing into a place where broader spectra of responsibilities are now being embraced. A significant realisation has grown throughout the world that the Earth’s natural resources are scarce. Industrialisation and economic growth has provided worldwide prosperity. The increasing evidence of negative impacts caused by climate change has given rise to persistent environmental concerns, particularly caused by the global reliance on fossil fuels and limited energy and water supplies (Gummer & Goldsmith, 2007). There is vast evidence of devastating effects that humans have had on the environment (Schmidt-Traub& Sears, 2005). Economic development has also resulted in both positive (emergence of middle classes, better water and electricity supply, better transport systems and education) and negative social impacts around the world (high levels of poverty, youth unemployment, shortages of housing and other social resources). Protests against these negative social issues have encouraged institutional and corporate efforts to address environmental and social concerns, resulting in more organised interventions and incentives for people, companies and governments to change their behaviours and actions that are creating negative social and environmental effects. However, there is still a continuing need to address the environmental and social changes as humans are dependent upon the natural environment and its resources to achieve human development goals. All the environmental and social problems will have a direct effect on every human being around the world unless steps are taken to mitigate and reverse negative environment impacts. It is unsustainable to continue to ‘practice as normal’ focussing only on economic gains. It is crucial to look after the environment and society through changes in behaviours, practices and activities. “Sustainable development had a profound influence on the way people now perceive themselves as an integrated part of the environment: people are increasingly aware that their activities have a significant impact on the environment (Mearns, 2012: 7851).” A strong call for the implementation of sustainable development and triple bottom line reporting has been made. A new focus on companies’ environmental and social impacts have grown in the corporate world. Corporate impropriety resulted in calls for corporate transparency and accountability, which has led to the rising demand for corporate social responsibility, sustainability reporting and sustainable development (Freemantle, 2005; Erlandsson & Olinder, 2009).  The triple bottom line, was enforced within the corporate world through several avenues. An influential aspect that has practically forced companies to implement the triple bottom line reporting in South Africa is the development of the King Code III on corporate governance. According to the code, all JSE listed companies are required to comply with the latest King code, incorporating sustainable development into their business practices (King Committee on Governance, 2009). With the pressure placed on companies to enforce the triple bottom line within their business practices, this has challenged companies to create a balance of economic, social and environmental priorities.  As a consequence to implementation of sustainability practices, sustainability reporting has become an important phenomenon amongst corporations. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a focus on corporate governance, especially with regard to sustainable development and sustainability reporting, also known as triple bottom line reporting (Aras & Crowther, 2008). This has had an influence on business activities and the way in which businesses report their activities.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort Date
34 Think Tank XIX Factors influencing barriers and enabling factors for ... file 682 Oct 23, 2019

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Author: Tinat Nhep, Mondher Sahli and Christian Schott 

Year: 2019 

33 Think Tank XVIII Advocating the utilisation of visitor book inscription... file 673 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: Visitor books, visitor experience, visitor satisfaction, Mnemba Island, Zanzibar.

Author: Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2018 

32 Think Tank XIX The dive resort industry in Indonesia: An exploration ... file 643 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: Dive tourism, marine life, current and future threats, mitigation, resilience, sustainability. Page: 12-33 The dive resort industry in Indonesia.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoN...

Author: Joerg Domroes and Mondher Sahli 

Year: 2019 

31 Think Tank XVI Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Modern De... file 642 Jul 02, 2016

Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion; it is considered one of the fastest growing economy sectors in the world. Modern tourism is closely associated to development of the host-community and its surroundings. Coopera...

Author: Gabriela Estrella, Myrta Zemp & Urs Wagenseil 

Year: 2016 

30 Think Tank XVII Investigating the relationship between FDI and Tourism... file 627 Aug 17, 2017

This paper employs a dynamic time series econometrics framework, namely a vector error correction model (VECM), to investigate the link between foreign direct investment (FDI) and tourist arrivals in Mauritius for the period 1980-2015. The r...

Author: Sheereen Fauzel, & Boopen Seetanah 

Year: 2017 

29 Think Tank XV Protected areas and community wildlife-based tourism i... file 614 Jul 27, 2015

Tourism planning in protected areas (PAs) entails addressing two partly competing and overlapping goals: preserving heritage and providing access. Resolving potential conflicts between these two goals is particularly challenging at the inter...

Author: MorenTibabo Stone & Gyan P. Nyaupane 

Year: 2015 

28 Think Tank XVI The Act of Giving – Understanding CSR in Myanmar in a ... file 567 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Nicole Häusler & Kathrin Dischereit 

Year: 2016 

27 Think Tank XIX Pilgrum experience as an avenue for sustainable tourism? file 566 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: religious tourism, pilgrimage, sustainable practicesPages: 8-11 Pilgrim experience as an avenue for sustainable tourism.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-nam...

Author: Senebto Dagnachew 

Year: 2019 

26 Think Tank XVI Rural communities’ participation in the planning and m... file 512 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Limpho Lekaota 

Year: 2016 

25 Think Tank XVI Challenges to attaining “Accessible Tourism for All” i... file 506 Jul 01, 2016

Although the discussion on Accessible Tourism has increased in intensity over the past 20 years, and by now there are even a few examples of Good Practices being implemented, it nevertheless must be pointed out that this approach is not yet ...

Author: Andreas Kagermeier 

Year: 2016 

24 Think Tank XVI United we stand, divided we fall: Strategies for engag... file 487 Jul 01, 2016

Many tourism corporate responsibility programs require the support and/or compliance of guests or customers, yet little attention has been paid to the design of strategies to encourage this compliance. Research in the areas of tourist inter...

Author: Karen Hughes & Gianna Moscardo 

Year: 2016 

OPA: 2016 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

23 Think Tank XIX Perceptions of sustainability practices in hospitality... file 478 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: Sustainability, Sustainable Hospitality, Sustainability Measures, Sustainable Experience, Environmental Psychology, Forced Choice Assessment Pages: 52-57 Perceptions of sustainability practices in hospitality.pdf Normal 0 false fa...

Author: Sven-Olaf Gerdt, Julia Koch, Elisa Wagner and Gerhard Schewe 

Year: 2019 

22 Think Tank XIX Organizational drivers of sustainable behaviour and it... file 476 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: Sustainability, organizational capabilities, entrepreneurial orientation, customer satisfaction, financial performance Page: 79-85 Organizational drivers of sustainable behaviour and its consequences for customer satisfaction and ...

Author: Julia Koch, Sven-Olaf Gerdt, and Gerhard Schewe 

Year: 2019 

21 Think Tank XVI Empowering communities and enabling conservation: Revi... file 473 Jul 01, 2016

The Africa Foundation a non-profit organization was founded in 1992 when Conservation Corporation Africa (since renamed and rebranded to &Beyond) was founded in South Africa. A central principle of the Conservation Corporation, safari l...

Author: Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2016 

20 Think Tank XVI Polar bears, Climate Change, CSR and Sustainable Tourism 451 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Jeremy Pearce 

Year: 2016 

19 Think Tank XIX Promoting sustainable tourist experiences and resilien... file 448 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: adapt, resilient, tourist experience, Maasai, Tanzania Page: 38-51 Promoting sustainable tourist experiences and resilient communities in the Ngorongoro Crater.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definition...

Author: Claire Louisa Fordred and Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2019 

18 Think Tank XVII Making hotel guests voluntarily waive daily room cleaning file 440 Aug 17, 2017

Tourism is the fourth largest economic contributor globally and outperforms the growth of the world economy (United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 2013). But tourism growth comes at a cost. Not surprisingly, therefore, tourism i...

Author: Sara Dolnicar & Ljubica Knezevic Cvelbar & Bettina Grun 

Year: 2017 

17 Think Tank XVI Influencing sustainability through engagement in polic... file 431 Jul 01, 2016

The ability of businesses to influence the sustainability of tourism development is generally examined from two standpoints: the regulatory frameworks requiring particular actions with respect to how business is carried out, or to clients; ...

Author: Valentina Dinica 

Year: 2016 

16 Think Tank XVI Spirituality and corporate social responsibility in to... file 428 Jul 01, 2016

This ongoing study investigates the role of spirituality for corporate social responsibility (CSR) by tourism businesses in lesser developed countries and the implications this has at the destination level. While much of the world’s tourism...

Author: Alexandra Law, Putu Indah Rahmawati & Terry De Lacy 

Year: 2016 

15 Think Tank XIX Fun with Fungi in the Forest: Making Tourist Experienc... file 401 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: sustainable tourist experiences, interpretation, stories, rainforest Page: 58-74 Fun with Fungi in the Forest.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table N...

Author: Karen Hughes and Gianna Moscardo 

Year: 2019 

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