Partnerships for Strategic Sustainable Development (Partnerships4SSD).
"Partnerships4SSD" is a collaborative venture formed between our students and industry partners, for mutual benefit.
- Richard Blume, Miriam Karell, and Andrew Outhwaite
"Our thesis examined the contribution of partnerships between business and civil society organizations (CSOs) to societal transformation towards sustainability. We collaborated with The Natural Step office in France and global carpet manufacturer, Interface Europe, and this provided us the opportunity to examine a leading example of a partnership for sustainability Interfaces ReEntry carpet reclamation program.
The ReEntry program involves waste management partnerships with local community-based social enterprises to identify re-use opportunities for used carpet tiles (avoiding waste going to landfill) and provide social services (such as employment or skills training for disabled people). Under the remit of TNS France, we were involved in expanding the program to Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) by identifying and establishing contact with potential partners for Interface.
The collaboration was mutually beneficial. We examined the partnering process and wider societal implications of ReEntry partnerships, and this allowed us to iteratively develop theory and practice . Interface / TNS France benefited from the partner search and identification of potential partners in Scandinavia and recommendations from our research into how to improve the ReEntry program."