Corporations and NGOs: When Accountability Leads to Co-optation

  title={Corporations and NGOs: When Accountability Leads to Co-optation},
  author={D. Baur and H. Schmitz},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
Interactions between corporations and nonprofits are on the rise, frequently driven by a corporate interest in establishing credentials for corporate social responsibility (CSR). In this article, we show how increasing demands for accountability directed at both businesses and NGOs can have the unintended effect of compromising the autonomy of nonprofits and fostering their co-optation. Greater scrutiny of NGO spending driven by self-appointed watchdogs of the nonprofit sector and a prevalence… Expand
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