Human rights charities and sustainable businesses are often working towards the same goal, but partnerships between the two remain controversial
It’s the perfect match. A company grappling with a minefield of human rights issues and rules partners with an advocacy group, perhaps for expert policy advice or to take part in a joint campaign. In return, the non-profit organisation, run on a wafer-thin budget, receives financial compensation for its efforts.
On the face of it, the arrangement – fully disclosed – makes a lot of sense. Yet such partnerships between human rights organisations and companies are far from common. Is the corporate sector too afraid of getting into bed with firebrand campaigners or are worrisome NGOs keeping companies at bay? The answer depends on who you ask.
Peter Frankental, economic relations programme director for Amnesty International UK, sees little room for partnerships with companies. In straitened times – in Britain, one in six charities say they may close owing to falling revenues – Frankental concedes there is “always a strong temptation” to get into bed with a corporate donor, but insists it should be resisted.
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