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The possibilities of cross-sector relations: A study on partnerships between private companies and environmental NGOs in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The possibilities of cross-sector relations : A study on partnerships between private companies and environmental NGOs in Swe (English)
Abstract [en]

It is a common misconception that the cross-sector partnership between private companies and environmental NGOs purely benefit financing and image possibilities. However, suppositions like these are worryingly out-of-date and do no longer correspond to the actual make-up, ambitions, effort, and functionings of said partnerships. Most companies use a concept called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) when describing their sustainability work, often including partnerships with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The term was coined at a time when sustainability work was less refined than what we see today, and while societal awareness and industrial appreciation for the importance of environmental agendas has developed, the term CSR and its definition has remained the same. This study interviewed three environmental NGOs and four private companies in Sweden in order to investigate the structure and outcomes of their current partnerships with the respective actor. The findings underline the need for an updated conceptual definition, that facilitates cross-sector partnership development parallel to societal development rather than to hold it back. With environmental threats winning the attention of both private and public actors in local as well as global settings, the issue of this conceptual misalignment and possible snag in efficiency that it may pose, becomes highly relevant.

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2019. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Cross-sector Partnerships, NGOs, Private companies, Environmental engagement, Environmental issues, CSR, Stakeholders, Sustainability
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-85324DiVA, id: diva2:1324548
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Peace and development
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Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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