NGO and Corporate Partnerships: Can they really change the world?

  • June 11, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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What might be seen as an adjunct to 'CSR and Leadership', which was the topic of our May Meetup, is the important issue of NGO and Corporate Partnerships. Hence CSR Meetup London is very pleased to announce that James Cole, who leads Friends of the Earth's business engagement work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will give a presentation on this topic at our June Meetup.

James will give a brief over-view of the range of NGO partnerships 'out there' before moving into a focus on Friends of the Earth as an example of an NGO that actively considers and engages in corporate partnerships but is extremely sensitive about what they are and what the governing principles, parameters and constraints need to be. That can include a couple of examples of where they partnered with the private sector including a summary of what brought the two sides together, how they worked jointly and what each side looked to get out of the relationship.

James spent 5 years working as a commercial manager at Vodafone UK where he managed strategic relationships, indirect sales channels and corporate accounts before having his interest in sustainability reignited. Since then he has worked in Spain and Peru setting up sustainable agriculture projects and completed a Masters in Sustainable Development with forum for the future. He has an agriculture & business-related first degree and is interested in cycling, running, travel and anything that gets him outdoors.

We will be at our normal venue (see below for details) and as usual, a cash bar will be available. Space is limited so if you genuinely intend to come, please sign up quickly and if you subsequently find that you aren’t able to make it, please change your RSVP status as soon as possible so as to allow availability to those who might be on a waiting list.

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  • Pamela R.

    James Cole, Engagement Manager at Friends of the Earth gave a talk about his, and FOE's, take on partnerships between NGOs and corporations. Starting out with reflections on what type of partnerships exists and what their pros and cons are, he then went on to explain how these approaches work in specific cases. The examples he drew on came from both FOE's own collaborations as well as from examples from the wider realm of the topic.
    There was a vivid discussion taking place during the 2nd half of the talk as well as thereafter upstairs over a pint.
    CSR Meetup London would like to thank James Cole and Friends of the Earth for their time and collaboration in making this event possible.

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • John S.

    Probably arrive a little earlier than planned nursing a pint :-)

    June 11, 2013

  • Adam B. R.

    I can no longer attend due to work commitments and another event. Apologies

    June 10, 2013

  • Kelsey

    Conflicting event!!

    June 10, 2013

  • Adrian P.

    Unfortunately I cannot now make this Meetup as, due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be out of the country on the 11th of June. So I will leave you in the capable hands of Pamela, who will run the session.

    May 27, 2013

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