About the conference
Building on the success of past conferences Value 2012 will be the forth biennial
Value conference hosted by the Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences, University
The understanding of the term ‘value’ varies from person to person and from discipline to discipline.
For profit-oriented organisations the main focus might be on adding financial value to ensure
organisational viability. Adding and recognising value may be useful for a growing business with
innovative ideas on learning critical lessons for managing the 21st century marketplace. In an
academic environment the term ‘value’ might have a completely revolutionary meaning. There is
however still much to be learnt about what drives the concept of value in society today and how
sustainable business practices could influence and enhance value.
Worldwide corporate governance reform requiring the adoption and disclosure of sustainable
business reports; together with stakeholders becoming more educated and aware of how
organisations generate profits and base investment decisions on more than just the financial
bottom line, have led to the corporate environment placing a greater focus on sustainable business
practices. These developments occur alongside the ongoing debate on the nature and extent of
value in sustainable business practices.
Academics investigate the concepts of value and sustainability and industry leaders attempt to
model new business strategies to capture the essence of value through sustainable business
The Value 2012 conference is the perfect platform for researchers and academic minds in related
financial disciplines, as well as business leaders, to present and debate issues in a way that would
lead to a better understanding and hence, recognition of value through sustainable business
practices, thereby contributing to a more sustainable corporate Africa.