Corporate Social Responsibility and Palestinian Civil Society: Potential Cooperation
By NGO Development Center/NDC
Worldwide, it is becoming very clear that direct impact of new technology, current demographic trends, climatic change, and general global health issues are all creating a new environment with new forms of risks that directly affect the work of governments, civil society, and the private sector.i Therefore, multi-stakeholder collaborations and the engagement of the private sector have become very important for finding proper holistic and sustainable solutions to communities’ problems. This implies that community empowerment means that all people should work together, including within the private sector, in order to make life better. It involves more people being able to influence decisions about their communities, and more people taking responsibility for tackling local problems, rather than expecting others to do so. Other factors that have motivated increased interest in private-sector partnerships include a growing concern with the effectiveness of traditional development approaches, recognition of the impact of globalisation and the increase of private capital flows into the developing world, and appreciation of the unique potential contribution of the private sector. This means that the business case for investing in development, with mutual benefits accruing when communities become development partners rather than passive recipients of philanthropy, has become ever more persuasive.ii On the other hand, and on the global level, Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number eight also calls for a global partnership for development with specific references to the engagement of the private sector. In 2002, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched a Global Corporate Citizenship Initiative that organised and mobilised its 1,000 corporate members around various development challenges. All of this has contributed to increasing the momentum toward corporate social responsibility (CSR).