Can organisations pave the way for sustainability in communities?

Mary Bonich, Louise Metcalf

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Abstract

Organisations are increasingly asked to respond to local environmental issues, however, due to competing interests, initiatives they can often be viewed with skepticism and mistrust. Research on organisationally led initiatives to respond positively to environmental issues is lacking. Using qualitative methodology, this case explores the drivers of a successful sustainable water allocation strategy in the town of Griffith NSW, part of the Murray Darling Basin, facilitated by the local irrigation authority. Data indicated that community engagement in planning and scoping was important in fostering support and project success. Equity in engagement, and facilitation via a combined top-down/bottom-up management style, increased trust. Understanding of the needs of each stakeholder group generated better engagement in the project, regardless of project outcomes, indicating that authentic consultation was a significant factor. This research suggests that given the appropriate stimulus, communities can ‘emerge’ their own sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the International Association for Business and Society (IABS)
Subtitle of host publicationreclaiming the societal dimension
EditorsColin Higgins, Jamie R. Hendry
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherInternational Association for Business and Society
Pages201-212
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780991086702
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAnnual Conference of the International Association for Business and Society (25th : 2014) - Sydney
Duration: 19 Jun 201422 Jun 2014

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Association for Business and Society (25th : 2014)
CitySydney
Period19/06/1422/06/14

Bibliographical note

Previously published in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership, Butt, Lorne and Avery, Gayle C. (Eds), p.45-60 (2014)

Keywords

  • Murray Darling Basin
  • Sustainability
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Organisationally led initiatives

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