Report of the Sixth Consultation of the Corporate Engagement Program

January, 2014 | Dost Bardouille, and Sarah Cechvala

Suggested Citation: Bardouille, Dost, and Sarah Cechvala. “Report of the Sixth Consultation of the Corporate Engagement Program.” Consultation Report, Cambridge, MA: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, 2014.

The sixth Consultation of the CDA Corporate Engagement Program (CEP) was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts from October 29-30, 2013. The Consultation brought together representatives of extractive and energy companies, multilateral organizations, international NGOs and institutes for corporate social responsibility and citizenship (CSR). Participants expressed eagerness to engage in the collaborative learning process to discuss, share, and improve upon the existing resources and corporate practice in maintaining constructive stakeholder relations and upholding international human rights standards in conflict-affected and fragile operating environments. The Consultation was held to assess the direction of CEP’s portfolio of work and to discuss both the internal and external challenges that continue to weaken relationships between companies and communities. The Consultation provided a platform for continued dialogue about both internal management challenges as well as external factors related to conflict contexts and sustainable business practices. Over the course of the Consultation, participants discussed experiences, challenges, and successes from their own work and CDA shared findings from its field and desk research that has been integrated into a range of policy and guidance documents.

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