Environmental NGO and Corporation Partnership 2018-03-27T18:02:33+00:00

NGO-Corporation Partnerships

2017 – 2018 Academic Year Student Projects

The NGO-Corporate Partnerships explores strategies for partnership possibilities and works to preempt risks that partnerships between NGOs and corporations can face. In the 2017-2018 academic year, the NGO-Corporate Partnerships team organized the Partnerships Conference on February 23-24, 2018, which brought together leaders from corporations, environmental NGOs, and government to examine the rationales and opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships. Panelists included a senior VP from Wells Fargo, The Director of Corporate and Foundational Relations for The Nature Conservancy, and more. Attendees came from a variety of backgrounds, including nonprofits like GRID Alternatives and financial institutes like Capital Group.

2016 – 2017 Academic Year Student Projects

Last year, the team completed a guide for corporate executives to understand the considerations necessary to decide whether and how to seek partnerships with environmental NGOs and the arrangements of such partnerships. Currently, the team is planning a conference for early spring 2017 to bring together key figures from the corporation, environmental NGO and academia worlds to discuss the benefits and challenges of a partnership. The conference will ideally serve as a catalyst to spur both corporations and NGOs to pursue partnerships, the development of which the team will serve as a third party consultant and facilitator.

2015 – 2016 Academic Year Student Projects

The team completed and published a guide for corporate executives to understand the considerations necessary to decide whether and how to seek partnerships with environmental NGOs and the arrangements of such partnerships, and vice versa. A task force conference was held at Claremont McKenna College in the spring.

2014 – 2015 Academic Year Student Projects

First Annual Green Careers Conference

The team organized a careers conference for all 5-C students that brought in representatives of environmental groups, consulting firms, law firms, and government agencies; and offered panel discussions on various aspects of environmental jobs and issues. For more information, refer to the GCC 2015 page here. The second annual conference is scheduled for Feb 5, 2016. 

Research on the Structures, Opportunities, and Challenges of Partnerships between Environmental NGOs and Corporations

The team has nearly completed a guide for corporate executives to understand the considerations necessary to decide whether and how to seek partnerships with environmental NGOs and the arrangements of such partnerships. The parallel guide for the NGO leaders remains to be done. The draft reports of the team over the past two years have been essential for the work of an international taskforce working in parallel with the REC.

2013-2014 Academic Year Student Projects

During the 2013-14 school year, the Partnerships Team focused on the nature and best practices of partnerships between environmental NGOs and corporations.