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

Okereke, C. and Stacewicz, I. (2018) Stakeholder perceptions of the environmental effectiveness of multi-stakeholder initiatives: evidence from the palm oil, soy, cotton, and timber programs. Society and Natural Resources, 31 (11). pp. 1302-1318. ISSN 1521-0723

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1482037

Abstract/Summary

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 drive sustainable commodity production. While these programs are promoted as good models of 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. Here, we explore stakeholders’ perceptions of the environmental effectiveness of the above 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 four schemes in advocating environmental sustainability in the commodity sectors, and establishing norms of good practice. However, numerous issues, including the lack of monitoring and evaluation contribute to perceptions of ineffectiveness and a lack of confidence in these schemes in meeting their objectives.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:77461
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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