A Comparative Analysis of Stakeholder Dialogue Regimes

PI: Shareen Hertel

Stakeholder dialogues are integral to conflict negotiation in business settings worldwide. They are a central tool in the business and human rights field, legitimated and professionalized in the early 2000s during the mandate of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business & Human Rights, John G. Ruggie. This project analyzes the scope of stakeholder dialogues taking place globally (drawing on the 6,000 company dataset of the New York and London-based Business & HR Resource Centre); explores the historical evolution of varying forms of public dialogue around business harm and benefits from the 1970s to present; develops a two-company in-depth case study of successful and failed stakeholder dialogues in a single industry and geographic region; and explores concrete mechanisms for enhancing the practice and content of stakeholder consultation with a view toward empowering the most vulnerable among workers and community members.


October 5-6, 2017   |   Protecting Rights at the End of the Line: Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing

On October 5-6, 2017, the Initiative hosted a conference titled "Protecting Rights at the End of the Line: Stakeholder Engagement in Light Manufacturing". The conference explored the opportunities and challenges for meaningful stakeholder engagement in light manufacturing. Scholars, advocates, and professionals took part in a comprehensive discussion of specific tools and strategies, and examined concrete examples of empowered community engagement.

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The Initiative has published a White Paper, authored by Deborah Leipziger, that outlines and elaborates on the conference's discussions: