Modeling co-creation of knowledge via international project stakeholder engagement: case of rural and Arctic CSR

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.12 Connecting polar research, policy and stakeholders across scales - examples from Europe and beyond
Location IT105
Presentation Type Poster
Presenter Sonja Bickford
Author(s) Sonja Bickford (University of Nebraska Kearney, USA), Kamrul Hossain (University of Lapland - Arctic Centre, Finland), Rasmus Bertelsen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway), Marc Lanteigne (Massey University, New Zealand)
Abstract text

Aiming to address Arctic communities’ sustainability and resilience by focusing on issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a focal collaborative effort of community stakeholders and researchers. The question of what keeps people in their communities is addressed. Many rural communities are currently experiencing outmigration, recruitment and retention issues, and deciding what infrastructure and services are most needed. From the business/organizational perspective, the goals of employee retention and return on the investment (ROI) of chosen CSR practices are of importance. From the public decision maker perspective community services and infrastructure are vital when decisions regarding community life are made. In addition, all decision-makers seek information regarding the value of their investments, such as those regarding CSR. To model a solution and best practices, this international CSR project will use a stakeholder engagement model to find applicable solutions for Arctic CSR practices. Initially, a community member survey is conducted to understand current CSR practices and needs, followed by the gathering of a 12-member steering committee (SC) of community stakeholder representatives. SC’s in 3 Arctic and 2 non-Arctic countries will be established. SC's will meet every 6 months during a 3-year project to provide feedback and discussions from the stakeholders' perspectives. SC's will be provided with an opportunity to join in the data collection process. Project experiences and results will be shared via online forums throughout the project and in person at a final project meeting where all researchers and SC members share results, experiences, and their applicability.