Social/Environmental Reporting: Can it Help to Change the World?

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Higgins, Colin (2008) Social/Environmental Reporting: Can it Help to Change the World? Community Business Review (4). pp. 24-25. ISSN 1835-0461


While social/environmental reporting (SER) is lauded as a way for business organisations to voluntarily effect some transition towards sustainable development, doubt persists about the extent to which current practice is enabling this. In this paper, Colin Higgins reports on two recent research projects that explore techniques that businesses use to resist change, as well as how external drivers influence organisational activities. Stakeholders interested in encouraging change, such as towards a greater degree of responsiveness to Indigenous issues, need to target more specifically innovative companies and also the arguments used to justify social/environmental initiatives.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Historical > FOR Classification > 2201 Applied Ethics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Keywords ResPubID15755, social/environmental reporting (SER), sustainable development, businesses resisting change, stakeholders encouraging change, responsiveness to Indigenous issues, justifying social/environmental initiatives
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