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.
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
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.
 Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships, 2008
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