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NGOs and big business: Too close for comfort? - #CSR #NGO #Activism #Engagement

Any engagement on a product or issue must be part of a bigger process of systemic change across the whole company. It’s fine to start small, but there needs to be a long-term commitment to better performance in the round, including the abandonment of unsustainable business practices, whether relating to products, investments, services or lobbying activities. The NGO must be able to walk away at any point and have clear and published criteria for doing so. Otherwise their credibility has no foundation. We don’t hear enough stories about NGOs walking away. The NGO, as well as the company, must report regularly on progress , citing real and measurable achievements, as well as failures. The NGO should identify no-go sectors. If there are none, it should explain why. The NGO must be fully transparent about the decision-making process governing decisions on which companies it wi...

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