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Corporate/NGO Relations

Corporations who have resisted NGO campaigns have met with devastating consequences. Many corporations now work to pre-empt NGO activism with aggressive Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and broad engagement and support for NGOs. Do corporations see this dialogue as a necessary price to pay to protect its brand from attacks? Are there best practices in the way corporations enter into dialogue with NGOs? Are corporate-NGO relations transparent to the shareholder or of benefit to the public?

This part of NGOWatch is still under construction. More resources on understanding corporate/NGO relations coming soon!!

The Contrarian: Are NGOs Playing Both Sides of the Human Rights Debate?

7.18.2006 - When Harvard’s John Ruggie was tapped by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to examine corporate responsibility for human rights violations, he promised to address “whether multinational firms should be the direct bearer of international human rights obligations--and, if so, what those standards should be”. That’s exactly what he’s done. In a rebuke of NGOs’ key position, Ruggie found no precedent for “hard” international laws except for war crimes. Read the article
Ethical Corporation

Governance: Audit culture learns from corporations

5.5.2005 - Frances Williams discusses how international organizations and NGOs are coming under increasing pressure to demonstrate the same level of accountability that is demanded of private corporations. Read the article
Financial Times (London)

Power and counter-power?

2004 - Ulf Gartzke discusses the relationship between multinational corporations and NGOs in the age of globalization. The challenge, he says, is for MNCs and NGOs to develop cooperative relationships that leverage the productive forces of free markets for the benefit of all stakeholders in industrialized and developing countries. Read the article
Herbert-Quandt-Stiftung Publication

Living with the Enemy

8.7.2003 - Companies are increasingly under attack from NGOs. Should they co-operate? Read the article
The Economist

The New Corporate Balance Sheet

10.1.2002 - In AEI's Environmental Policy Outlook, Steve Hayward examines how some corporations have embraced the concept of the triple bottom line: financial, environmental, and social. But does this represent a revolutionary business model? Read the article
The Economist