With some of the world’s biggest economies now companies, not states, the benefits for civil society of working more closely with business are clear. Yet, perhaps less well understood, are the benefits for business of defending civic space – the freedom of citizens to organise, speak up and protest governance failings and corruption. The good news is that in one area at least, businesses and civil society are increasingly seeing eye to eye. The success that civil society has had working with businesses on climate change, shows that a better relationship between businesses and civil society is possible. The new challenge is to convince businesses that action on civil liberties is just as important as action on global climate change. More information is available here.
Source: World Economic Forum