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Water 2017, 9(11), 830; https://doi.org/10.3390/w9110830

Water Management Reporting in the Agro-Food Sector in South Africa

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Research Visitor in Stellenbosch University, South Africa/Business Administration and Sociology Department, School of Economics, University of Extremadura, Ave. Elvas s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Research Visitor in Stellenbosch University, South Africa/Business Administration and Sociology Department, School of Economics, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Researcher at the Water Institute, Stellenbosch University, Matieland 7602, South Africa
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Received: 24 June 2017 / Revised: 26 October 2017 / Accepted: 27 October 2017 / Published: 29 October 2017
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The purpose of the study is to assess whether Corporate Social Responsibility regarding water is considered relevant for sustainability in companies related to agriculture in South Africa, considering that their impact directly influences public access to water. To accomplish this purpose, a qualitative approach was developed through the study of the 22 existing companies from the agriculture sector, food and beverages, forest and paper production, and Tobacco, which published their last integrated report within the Global Reporting Initiative framework. A thematic content analysis was carried out, involving the analysis of the written sustainability reports. For data analyses, ATLAS.ti 7.1 software was used to match the main aspects related to water management. Pragmatic advice for practitioners derives from the research results, considering that Corporate Social Responsibility in general—and sustainable water management in particular—represents an opportunity for companies to get competitive advantages in the market. The study also determines the best practices in the field in South Africa with benchmarking purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: water management; corporate social responsibility; sustainability; reporting; disclosure water management; corporate social responsibility; sustainability; reporting; disclosure
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Sánchez-Hernández, M.I.; Robina-Ramírez, R.; De Clercq, W. Water Management Reporting in the Agro-Food Sector in South Africa. Water 2017, 9, 830.

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