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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436

Abstract

REYERS, Michelle; GOUWS, Daan  and  BLIGNAUT, James. An exploratory study of motivations driving corporate investment in voluntary climate change mitigation in South Africa. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.1, pp. 92-108. ISSN 2222-3436.

This study investigates factors driving investment in voluntary climate change mitigation among a selection of listed corporations in South Africa. Based on a review of the literature, a proposed conceptual framework is developed and empirically tested using case studies. A qualitative analysis of the data reveals three key motivational drivers: legitimacy, the financial business case and moral responsibility. In addition, a number of sub-drivers are identified which provide insights for engagement with companies in developing South Africa's response to climate change.

Keywords : corporate sustainability; climate change strategies; investment.

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