The ‘purpose ecosystem’: emerging private sector actors in earth system governance

Dahlmann, F., Stubbs, W., Raven, R. and Porto de Albuquerque, J. (2020) The ‘purpose ecosystem’: emerging private sector actors in earth system governance. Earth System Governance, 4, 100053. (doi: 10.1016/j.esg.2020.100053)

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The private sector arguably plays a critical role in addressing the challenges of the Anthropocene and providing potential solutions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, a myriad of new actors in the form of intermediaries, initiatives and organisations have started driving wider systems change by advocating and advising companies to reconsider and broaden their fundamental ‘raison d’être’. In this Perspective we argue that the emergence of this ‘purpose ecosystem’ could play an important function within earth system governance, specifically by endorsing and accelerating action aligned with achieving the UN SDGs; yet we also highlight a number of risks, barriers and critical considerations for its overall assessment and propose important questions for further research.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors gratefully acknowledge funding received from the Monash-Warwick Alliance Catalyst Fund (January 2019).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Porto de Albuquerque, Professor Joao
Authors: Dahlmann, F., Stubbs, W., Raven, R., and Porto de Albuquerque, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Earth System Governance
ISSN (Online):2589-8116
Published Online:27 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Earth System Governance 4: 100053
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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