This was expressed in various forms and wording by the various respondents in

This was expressed in various forms and wording by

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acknowledged stakeholder engagement practice in the sustainability practice. This was expressed in various forms and wording by the various respondents in the selected firms. For example, at ministry of energy, respondent C was noted to have indicated that: "They normally approach us when they have complains and we listen to them because they know
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what the consumers want." A critical look at the stakeholder engagement practices of selected firms shows that, firms' stakeholder engagement practices differ from the suggested stakeholder engagement practices listed in the ISO 26000 CSR Standard. The ISO 26000 CSR Standard views stakeholder engagement from a more active point of view. Thus the examples from the ISO 26000 included consultation, round-table discussions among others. However, from the perspective of the AA1000 SES, firms' stakeholder engagement practices were at the same level as the suggest stakeholder engagement practices. The AA1000 SES suggests more of the passive stakeholder engagement approaches. Notable among the practices cited by the AA1000 included monitoring stakeholders, remaining passive, informing stakeholders etc. 4.6 The stakeholder engagement arrangements and structures Among the well-crafted questions of my interview guide was to assess the stakeholder engagement arrangements and structures in firms if any. By thus, the objective was to find out if the selected firms have or had in place any structured way of engaging their stakeholders. The central theme of this objective was the presence and operational existence of stakeholder engagement committees within the selected firms. There was a general lack of a standing committee to handle and implement the stakeholder engagement processes in selected firms beyond the adhoc committee sanctioned by the EPA. The adhoc committee that handles sustainability issues is sanctioned by the EPA and made up as follows; environmental officers, accounts officers, technical officers, production managers, sustainability managers. Beside the above listed members making up a committee as per the EPA's sanctions to handle sustainability practices in selected companies, no company so far among the selected companies has a standing
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committee to handle sustainability practices. In response to the question of whether or not there is a committee to ensure the system adopted is followed, respondent A responded that; "The EPA insists on a committee. It is a very loose committee though. They meet occasionally. I will say, it is more of a requirement than necessity. The committee is only made up of the environmental officers, the accountant, technical officer, production manager and other officers who may be involved with some specific things." Likewise, respondent D also pointed out that: "No, we don't have any committee in charge of stakeholder engagements." At ministry of energy, power sector the interviewee explained that; "We don't really have a committee for that, but as and when the need arises, we assemble a team to handle it." The above explains the current state of affairs with regard to the formation and existence of
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  • Fall '18
  • DR MAAME ADWOA GYEKYE JANDO
  • researcher, Corporate social responsibility

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