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Systems 2015, 3(1), 6-26; doi:10.3390/systems3010006

How Corporations Deal with Reporting Sustainability: Assessment Using the Multicriteria Logistic Biplot Approach

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Department of Statistics, University of Salamanca, Campus Miguel Unamuno, Universidad de Salamanca, 37007, Salamanca, Spain
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Department of Geography, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 0A1, Canada
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Faculty of Economics, and CIEO, University of the Algarve, 8000, Faro, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Graham Winch and Carmine Bianchi
Received: 4 November 2014 / Accepted: 21 January 2015 / Published: 27 January 2015
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This paper suggests a new methodology capable of accessing in detail the contribution of companies to countries’ sustainability related to economic performance. The concept of sustainability has been brought up in several debates, leading to a clearer understanding of its progress in recent decades. The most adequate indicators to achieve a unique value to define sustainability have been identified. However, specific behaviors of economic agents such as exist in particularly large organizations, have rarely been exposed and evaluated regarding their positive or negative contribution to the increase of sustainability throughout the world. This paper proposes an integrated approach incorporating an evaluation of the positive and negative contributions to sustainability by means of a logistic biplot application. This allows the creation of a summarized index that combines all single sustainability indicators. These synthetic indices allow the positioning of each of the companies in a geometric representation for an original exploration of the sustainability paradigm. The supplied method permits accessing and evaluating information concerning specific behaviors of economic agents such as big companies. In our paper, we have followed the engagements towards sustainability of big corporations, individually or as groups, across the different activity sectors in Portugal and Spain. View Full-Text
Keywords: Logistic Biplot; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); sustainability; large corporations; social responsibility Logistic Biplot; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); sustainability; large corporations; social responsibility
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Vicente Galindo, P.; Vaz, E.; de Noronha, T. How Corporations Deal with Reporting Sustainability: Assessment Using the Multicriteria Logistic Biplot Approach. Systems 2015, 3, 6-26.

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