The Guide provides detailed recommendations for both businesses and NGOs looking to develop successful partnerships, and relevant case examples based on EDF's twenty years of success working with corporations and GEMI member companies' experiences. While the Guide focuses on environmentally driven partnerships, lessons learned can be adapted to a wider range of partnerships, including those focusing on community development, health and other social issues.
"Business-NGO partnerships, if designed and executed effectively, can achieve remarkable results and inspire the next generation of successful partnerships," said
"Environmental Defense Fund has a long legacy in partnering with companies to achieve substantial environmental and business results," said
The Guide provides an in depth overview of the key drivers behind business-NGO partnerships, best practices in project design, project implementation and measurement. It also showcases specific examples of business-NGO partnerships covering a range of environmental opportunities from transportation to energy efficiency to habitat restoration to nanotechnology. While companies can help the environment and society in many ways, including through philanthropic activities, the Guide distinguishes business-NGO partnerships from corporate philanthropy. GEMI and EDF believe the most effective partnerships do not rely on financial contributions. Rather, a partnership occurs when independent organizations bring together their distinct views, resources and expertise to work towards a common goal.
"Private sector leaders recognize that they should develop strategies to meet social and environmental needs while remaining profitable," said
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Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Environmental Defense Fund has a 20 year track record of success in partnering with business. To maintain its independence and credibility, EDF accepts no money from corporate partners; generous individuals and foundations fund its work. For more information, visit www.edf.org.
The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) is a non-profit organization of leading companies dedicated to fostering environment, healthy and safety excellence and corporate citizenship worldwide. Through the collaborative efforts of its members, GEMI also promotes a worldwide business ethic for environmental, healthy and safety management and sustainable development through example and leadership. For more information, visit www.gemi.org
GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; BNSF Railway Company; Cadbury Schweppes PLC; Cargill, Inc.; Carnival Corporation & PLC; The Coca-Cola Company; ConAgra Foods; The Dow Chemical Company; Duke Energy; DuPont; Eastman Kodak Company; Ecolab, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson Controls, Inc.; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Koch Industries, Inc.; Kraft Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; Novartis Corporation; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Owens Corning; Perdue Farms, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; The Procter & Gamble Company; Roche; Schering-Plough Corporation; The Scotts Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; Vulcan Materials Company; and, Wyeth.