Partnerships for action involve two or more organisations teaming up with each other for mutual benefit. The parties can be within the same industry or from different sectors such as government, education, finance, not-for-profit and the community.
Collaboration with others enables organisations to overcome barriers and impediments to socially and environmentally beneficial change, acting as a force multiplier towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the (SDG)s.
Suzanne Orme’s role as independent 3rd party facilitator is to work with groups of managers and stakeholders to identify the social and environmental sustainability issues that are material to the organisation. Broad aims can be understood and issues prioritised for action.
In the next stage Suzanne will leverage her many contacts to find organisations with similar overall goals, commitment and partnership potential. She’ll define the arrangement and provide the impetus to get the partnership up and running . There is a need in the early stages to develop consensus about the end goals. This requires carefully balancing differing industries, incentives, cultures and biases.
As trust and confidence builds, the partnership members becomes a self-sustaining, cohesive group and Suzanne can either step back to hand over the reins, or continue an ongoing relationship.
Examples of successful partnerships for sustainability include the Responsible Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Suzanne is a Business Sustainability Specialist contributing to the team at the Better Business Partnership http://www.bbp.org.au/How-it-works.html