U.S. Chamber's BCLC Reports on How Global Partnerships are Changing and Improving

January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) released a new report: Making the Connection: How Partnerships Contribute to Global Development. The report features best practices in business and lessons learned in global public-private partnerships (PPP).

"Public-private partnerships are really starting to mature as a strategy for addressing difficult humanitarian and development challenges," said Stephen Jordan, senior vice president and executive director of the U.S. Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center. "Making the Connection shares how businesses and their partners are developing new ways to work together, and provides insight about why this approach is likely to continue to grow as a way to lift people out of poverty and improve their quality of life."

Making the Connection features 12 leading companies including Abbott, Chevron Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, KPMG, and Microsoft Corporation. A new, short, behind-the-scenes video about the report is now available and includes an interview with Microsoft's Akhtar Badshah as well as perspectives from BCLC's Stephen Jordan and Taryn Bird. The report also features a chapter discussing the role of partnerships in humanitarian crises, including a timely article about the power of public-private partnerships in Haiti.

"We are living in a more frugal era where corporate involvement in addressing development challenges can't just be about philanthropy or throwing money at a problem and hoping it will go away," said Jordan. "Partnerships reflect this emphasis on solving problems, and this report helps to explain the change in the way companies are looking at these types of issues."

The U.S. Chamber's BCLC is a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests. BCLC's Global Corporate Citizenship Program represents the private sector's role in international development and provides members with connections and resources to further develop their global corporate social responsibility programs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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