Co-creating a sustainable future

Approach

Why Stakeholder Dialogues?

We can only co-create a more sustainable way of life by working collectively towards common goals.

The challenges of sustainability have reached the entire globalized world. These challenges are far too complex to be solved by the corporate community, the public sector or civil society acting alone. Collaboration is Key!

  • 10 years ago the coffee industry had only 2 choices when it came to buying coffee: either purchasing expensive certified coffee or mainstream coffee without any social, environmental or trade standards.

  • In 2003 industry leaders, producers and international organizations came together (with the GIZ) to forge a multi-stakeholder initiative with the goal of establishing basic standards for coffee production worldwide.

  • At the end of 2011, a total of 2.5 million bags of 4C Compliant Coffee from 79 4C Units in 16 countries were brought to market and a worldwide network of nearly 100,000 business partners and 450,000 workers had been established.

An innovative methodology

Stakeholder Dialogues successfully engage and bring together key players from the private sector , the public sector  and civil society . They harness collective intelligence to support more responsible businesses, people-oriented public services and a stronger civil society.

The more attention is paid to the quality of communications and human relationships, the more likely they will result in effective and sustainable co-creation. This requires a methodological knowledge consisting of process and change management experience, a dialogical approach and self-reflection methods - all of which are combined in our Dialogic Change Model .

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