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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
394 Think Tank XVII A Structural Model Predicting Tourists Behavioural Int... 340 Aug 17, 2017

The contribution of the tourism sector towards the development of host nations is undeniable in that it provides several benefits such as creation of employment, generation of added value and tax revenue, and boosting of inward foreign direc...

Author: Robin Nunkoo & Viraiyan Teeroovengadum & Boopen Seetanah & Robin Sannassee 

Year: 2017 

393 Think Tank XVII New Forms of ‘Responsible Tourism’ in Refugee Camps an... file 341 Aug 17, 2017

Responsible Tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”. Traveling responsibly is thus about managing travel and destinations in an environmentally and culturally responsible way and de...

Author: Jaume Guia, Sil van de Velde & Lauren Chan 

Year: 2017 

392 Think Tank XVI Polar bears, Climate Change, CSR and Sustainable Tourism 343 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Jeremy Pearce 

Year: 2016 

391 Think Tank XVI Rural communities’ participation in the planning and m... file 344 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Limpho Lekaota 

Year: 2016 

390 Think Tank XVI United we stand, divided we fall: Strategies for engag... file 352 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 

» Think Tank XVI Assessing the sustainability reporting of a JSE compan... file 353 Jul 02, 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 grow...

Author: Candice Hunter & Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2016 

388 Think Tank XVI Challenges to attaining “Accessible Tourism for All” i... file 364 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 

387 Think Tank XVI Empowering communities and enabling conservation: Revi... file 378 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 

386 Think Tank XVI A study of innovation in the making CARMACAL and the D... file 379 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Harald Buijtendijk, Jorine Vermeer & Juultje Blom 

Year: 2016 

385 Think Tank XVII Investigating the relationship between FDI and Tourism... file 381 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 

384 Think Tank XIX Organizational drivers of sustainable behaviour and it... file 384 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 

383 Think Tank XVI Adoption and diffusion of sustainability in tourism an... file 387 Jul 02, 2016

This study explores why family firms adopt social and ecological policies that go beyond regulations, which includes hard (e.g., law; Berrone et al., 2010) or soft (e.g., certificates; Rivera, 2002) regulations. To accomplish this, the stud...

Author: Johanna Zanon, Andreas Kallmuenzer, William Nikolakis & Mike Peters 

Year: 2016 

382 Think Tank XIX Perceptions of sustainability practices in hospitality... file 391 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 

381 Think Tank XIX Bridging the Gap: Co-design for Sustainable Tourism De... file 405 Oct 23, 2019

Key words: Sustainable tourism development; co-design; collaboration; education; transformative learning. Page: 34-37 Bridging the Gap.pdf Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style...

Author: Eva Duedahl and Janne Liburd 

Year: 2019 

380 Think Tank XIX Pilgrum experience as an avenue for sustainable tourism? file 407 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 

379 Think Tank XVIII Sustainable tourism products and services: development... file 423 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: sustainable urban tourism, urban regeneration, precincts, Johannesburg Maboneng

Author: Felicite A Fairer-Wessels & Emma J Pearse 

Year: 2018 

378 Think Tank XVI Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Modern De... file 462 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 

377 Think Tank XVII Responsible tourism and innovation practices by touris... file 470 Aug 17, 2017

Responsible tourism incorporates economic, environmental and social imperatives in accordance with ‘sustainable tourism’ notions (Booyens & Rogerson, 2016a). This research argues that tourism firms need to innovate in order to be economi...

Author: Irma Booyens and Christian M. Rogerson 

Year: 2017 

376 Think Tank XIX Factors influencing barriers and enabling factors for ... file 477 Oct 23, 2019

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Author: Tinat Nhep, Mondher Sahli and Christian Schott 

Year: 2019 

375 Think Tank XVI The Act of Giving – Understanding CSR in Myanmar in a ... file 485 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Nicole Häusler & Kathrin Dischereit 

Year: 2016 

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