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An exploratory study of motivations driving corporate investment in voluntary climate change mitigation in South Africa

Michelle Reyers, Daan Gouws, James Blignaut
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 14, No 1 | a53 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v14i1.53 | © 2011 Michelle Reyers, Daan Gouws, James Blignaut | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 July 2010 | Published: 23 March 2011

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Michelle Reyers, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Daan Gouws, University of Pretoria, South Africa
James Blignaut, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

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.


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