Guidelines for cooperation of businesses and NGOs

The new publication "Gaining Profit while Conserving Nature: Guidelines for cooperation of businesses and NGOs in the Visegrad countries" developed throughout multi-stakeholder consultations aims to enhance business – NGO partnerships through analyzing their complexity, spreading well-working case studies as well as providing practical tips for implementation.

Budapest, 10 February 2014

Biodiversity, its services, and natural resources form basis for humanity’s well-being, and for businesses to operate. Visegrad countries have unique natural beauties and resources, but threats posed by unsustainable business operations can lead to their irreversible destruction, damaging finally also society and economy. The project initiated expert level discussions between conservation NGOs and businesses in order to work together to preserve biodiversity and our natural resources.

In this context, CEEweb for Biodiversity published the Guideline for cooperation of businesses and NGOs which can be downloaded here in different languages: Leading companies know that "business as usual” is not an option anymore. Investors and customers want companies to address social and environmental concerns. Businesses recognize that meeting these needs would also contribute to their sustainability and competitiveness. At the same time, many professional NGOs see that they can achieve widespread and long lasting change by harnessing the power of the market. In order to be more effective, companies and NGOs are finding ways to work together. These partnerships, if designed and executed properly, can achieve remarkable business and environmental results — and inspire the next generation for successful cooperation[1].

Furthermore, biodiversity with its services and natural resources form the basis for humans to live and for businesses to operate. Visegrad countries have unique natural beauties and resources, but threats posed by unsustainable business operations can lead to their irreversible destruction, with the final result of damaging both society and economy. In order to avoid this, NGOs and businesses must find synergies in working together for the sake of biodiversity and natural resources. Establishing partnerships, however, is a complex and sensitive process due to different viewpoints. While in Western Europe the exchange between nature conservation NGOs and the private sector has a long history, civil society in the V4 countries has no significant experience in this field. The guidelines aim to enhance interest of businesses and NGOs to work together for biodiversity conservation in the Visegrad region and build their capacities for doing so.

Online database for partner search

Within the programme an online database was established, where parties open for cooperation can easily find their partners for future activities. This system currently contains data form 150 organizations both form the for and nonprofit sectors.

Further information

Veronika Kiss
Tel.: +36-1-398-01-35
Project website

[1] Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships, 2008
Tags: Building and Construction Industry | Ecosystem valuation | Biodiversity Check | Biodiversity Management | Extractive Industry

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