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    Should I stay or should I go? Understanding stakeholder dis/engagement for deforestation-free Palm Oil

    Delabre, Izabela and Lyons-White, J. and Melot, C. and Veggeberg, E.I. and Alexander, A. and Schleper, M.C. and Ewers, R.M. and Knight, A.T. (2023) Should I stay or should I go? Understanding stakeholder dis/engagement for deforestation-free Palm Oil. Business Strategy and the Environment , ISSN 1099-0836.

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    Addressing tropical deforestation in the palm oil sector involves a diverse range of stakeholders who engage or disengage with each other. Palm oil Global Value Chain (GVC) firms (plantation companies, traders and processors, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers) as well as non-governmental organisations, financial institutions, consultancies and certification bodies, pursue their respective organisations’ agendas through engagement practices, including through coalitions, in a Palm Oil Sustainability Network (POSN). Building on interviews with different stakeholder groups, this qualitative study characterises and critically analyses ‘stakeholder engagement’ by examining: (1) The priority targets for engagement among different POSN stakeholders, (2) How mechanisms and tools are used in POSN stakeholder engagement or disengagement for addressing deforestation, and (3) The implications of stakeholder engagement or disengagement for addressing deforestation. Engagement and disengagement practices are shaped by and reshape GVC governance, with powerful stakeholders emerging as knowledge brokers and norms-setters, raising important challenges for how deforestation is addressed.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Izabela Delabre
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2022 16:21
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:19


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