By Vijay Kanal, CMC, Kanal Consulting
NGOs, or Non Government Organizations, have long been known for promoting socially responsible activities and engaging in philanthropic efforts. What is less known is that several are also partnering with major corporations around the globe on environmental sustainability efforts. On the surface, such partnerships may seem strange, since historically business and NGOs have had a somewhat adversarial relationship (mostly instigated by the NGOs). But enlightened companies and a few business-friendly NGOs have realized that their interests are more often aligned than not, and they have much to gain from working with one another.
What NGOs offer
NGOs have expertise in a number of areas – such as energy, food and agriculture, waste, and natural resources – to help business become more environmentally friendly, which can positively impact a company’s operations, supply chain, and impact in the marketplace. And they have a long history of working globally on these issues, so they can be valuable allies for companies even outside their home country.Click to continue reading »