In their new article “The business responsibility matrix”, Noemi Sinkovics, Rudolf R. Sinkovics, and Jason Archie-acheampong propose an integrative framework that enables the mapping of firm activities along two dimensions of responsible business behavior: a width and a depth dimension. This two-dimensional mapping method allows the classification of firm activities into different functional categories based on how they relate to a firm’s business model as well as in terms of the meaningfulness of each activity. Thus the framework proposes an approach to a more nuanced mapping of a firm’s activities and its contributions toward the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The responsibility matrix offers a benchmarking tool for progress that can be used in conjunction with existing guidelines and initiatives such as the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Full reference: Sinkovics, N., Sinkovics, R.R. and Archie-Acheampong, J. (2020), “The business responsibility matrix: a diagnostic tool to aid the design of better interventions for achieving the SDGs”, Multinational Business Review, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 1-20.