Title: The value of sustainable practices: a climate of stakeholder engagement

Authors: Wanda Tisby Cousar; Sharon Huff

Addresses: College of Business and Management, Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs, CO 80908, USA. ' Department of Criminal Justice and Public Administration, 4435 N. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907, USA

Abstract: Stakeholders wanted services but did not know how to access them, nor believed they had political power to be listened to; because their past experiences were that of rejection, intentional misunderstandings, and a lack of empowerment. To capture sustainable practices these factors cannot be ignored. The environment|s preservation is a critical component to its people while thriving and engaging them in sustainable planning. This creates the core of an organisation|s existence within the community that it aims to provide products and services wanted and needed.

Keywords: stakeholders; sustainability; sustainable development; natural environment; communities; sustainable practices; stakeholder engagement; political power; rejection; intentional misunderstandings; empowerment; sustainable planning; products; services; military backgrounds; USA; United States; civilians; communication; buy-ins; disenfranchised households; Shivers Academy; education; Colorado Springs; charter schools; success; business strategies; globalisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2011.042752

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2011 Vol.7 No.4, pp.459 - 470

Available online: 03 Oct 2011 *

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