A study developed in cooperation with UN bodies, NGOs and the corporate community reveals that NGOs have increasingly chosen engagement with businesses, rather than confrontation.
The report reveals that an increasing number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engage with business and governments, changing their initial confrontational posture.
At the same time, the authors indicate that “there is concern that such a move could compromise the independence of NGOs and draw criticism that they are ‘selling out'”. The report gives three recommendations for NGOs to handle 21st century challenges:
- Ensure higher levels of transparency and disclosure;
- Innovate in the area of branding to attract funding as “good investments” as opposed to relying on funding fuelled by public anger;
- Develop greater commercial understanding and work in partnership with businesses and governments to develop market-based solutions.