Addressing complex sustainability challenges-like climate change-requires coordinated responses from organizations of all types, including governments, businesses and non-profit agencies. Businesses are increasingly looking to multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) to tackle complex sustainability problems and help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet there is little evidence that these partnerships have been successful at this.
As Canada Research Chair in Governance and Sustainability, Dr. Adriane MacDonald is looking for evidence to support or challenge claims about the effectiveness of climate-action MSPs in Canada. She and her research team are studying these partnerships’ links with greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The knowledge that she and her team generate will clarify whether and how MSPs have been effective at addressing local climate change issues in Canada and help organizations understand when and how to participate in MSPs to ensure they deliver the greatest possible benefit.