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Sustainability through partnerships. Capitalizing on Collaboration

Authors: Dr. Gray, B. & Ms. Stites, J.P. (for the Network for Business Sustainability)
Publication date: 2013

Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability, with leaders from all sectors of society agreeing that that solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation.

This report provides authoritative guidance to best practices for multi-sector partnerships. The authors reviewed more than 275 publications to develop a model of four factors affecting partnership outcomes: drivers, motivations, partner characteristics and process issues.

The report identifies:

  • What organizations can achieve through partnerships
  • Different types of partnerships and their associated goals
  • How to achieve more effective partnerships through partner selection and process management
  • How collaborative partnerships provide the greatest gains