Stakeholder perceptions of the environmental effectiveness of multi-stakeholder initiatives: evidence from the palm oil, soy, cotton, and timber programs

Okereke, Chukwumerije and Stacewicz, Izabela (2018) Stakeholder perceptions of the environmental effectiveness of multi-stakeholder initiatives: evidence from the palm oil, soy, cotton, and timber programs. Society & Natural Resources, 31 (11). pp. 1302-1318. ISSN 0894-1920

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Abstract

The roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO), the round table on responsible soy (RTRS), the better cotton initiative (BCI), and the forest stewardship council (FSC) are examples of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs), established to foster sustainable commodity production. While these programs are promoted as collaborative schemes for natural resource management, the significant gap in understanding of MSIs’ effectiveness presents a major concern over the credibility and legitimacy of such programs. We explore stakeholders’ perceptions of the environmental effectiveness of four MSIs in relation to their impacts in reducing agrochemical use and conserving habitats. We found that stakeholders feel positive about the role of the schemes in advocating environmental sustainability in the commodity sectors, and establishing norms of good practice. However, numerous issues, including the inadequate monitoring and evaluation contribute to perceptions of ineffectiveness and a lack of confidence in the schemes’ ability to drive fundamental transformation in environmental performance.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Management
Depositing User: Izabela Delabre
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2018 08:46
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 14:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77891

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