Environmental NGO and Corporate Partnerships
2018 – 2019 Academic Year Projects
The NGO-Corporate Partnerships team has researched partnerships between different stakeholders, including public-private partnerships. In February 2018, the team organized a conference that brought together experts from nonprofit organizations, multinational corporations, and government agencies. This year, the team is continuing to research what factors make partnerships successful and facilitating relationships between NGOs and corporations in southern California.
2017 – 2018 Academic Year Projects
First Annual NGO-Corporate Partnerships Conference
The NGO-Corporate Partnerships explored strategies for partnership possibilities and worked 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 Projects
In the previous 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. This year, the team planned 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 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. The analysts also held a task force conference at Claremont McKenna College in the spring.
2014 – 2015 Academic Year 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. The event also offered panel discussions on various aspects of environmental jobs and issues.
Research on the Structures, Opportunities, and Challenges of Partnerships between Environmental NGOs and Corporations
The team has 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 draft reports of the team over the past two years have been essential for the work of an international task force working in parallel with the REC.
2013 – 2014 Academic Year Projects
During the 2013-14 school year, the Partnerships Team focused on the nature and best practices of partnerships between environmental NGOs and corporations.