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Companies partnering with municipalities

Companies partnering with municipalities for local development and resilience:

Some companies are collaborating with municipalities and others to enhance local economic development and / or resilience (an ability to respond effectively to natural disruptions). One of the motives for this is the realization that local development and resilience are important for business success. But important questions remain. For instance: How might managers effectively motivate for such partnerships, given the possibly indirect nature of business benefits, and how might they respond to the complexities of partnering with municipalities and others to address multifaceted and diverse local problems?

The research team consists of Ralph Hamann and Lulamile Makaula from the UCT Graduate School of Business, Gina Ziervogel from the Environmental & Geographical Science department, and Clifford Shearing from the Law Faculty.

The research is motivated and financially supported by the Network for Business Sustainability (South Africa), which bridges research and practice to advance business contributions to sustainable development. Current NBS-SA members are AngloGold Ashanti, Nedbank, Old Mutual, Santam, Sappi, Woolworths, WWF-SA, and Yellowwoods.