Partnerships between companies and NGOs have received considerable
attention in CSR in the past years. However, the question what makes
NGOs legitimate as partners of corporations, has been neglected so
far. In one publication (Baur & Palazzo 2012) I argue that the
legitimacy of NGOs as partners of corporations depends on their
moral legitimacy. Based on a conceptual framework that distinguishes
between different types of criteria it is argued that the moral
legitimacy of NGOs as partners of corporations is best judged along
In another publication (Baur & Schmitz 2012), I show that intensified interaction between NGOs and corporations has led NGOs to assume increasingly business-oriented roles which tend to blur the boundaries between them and economic actors. This trend, named co-optation, is also reflected in the debate on NGO accountability where current conceptions of accountability implicitly or explicitly promote the co-optation of NGOs.
In a third publication (Baur & Arenas, forthcoming) I take a critical look at the political model that is underlying political notions of the interaction between business and civil society and I argue in favour of a more critical assessment of the benefits and dangers of regulating the interaction between business and civil society in multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Baur, D. and H. P. Schmitz (2012). "Corporations and NGOs: When Accountability leads to Co-optation." Journal of Business Ethics 106(1): 9-21.
Baur, D. and G. Palazzo (2011). "The Moral Legitimacy of NGOs as Partners of Corporations." Business Ethics Quarterly 21(4): 579-604.
Baur, D. and D. Arenas (forthcoming). "The value of unregulated business-NGO interaction: a deliberative perspective." Business & Society.
CSR, NGOs, corporations as political actors, politlcal theory, democracy, legitimacy
|type||other project type|
|start of project||2009|
|end of project||2011|
business ethics, business and society, CSR, political theory
|profile area||SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte (KIM)|