ABSTRACT

The dialogue on partnerships urgently needs to be reframed, if we are to reach any understanding of 'sustainability'. People need to have a candid look at life relationships together with Indigenous Peoples. At the World Ecotourism Summit (WES) in 2002, there was broad support for conventional corporate training. One industry delegate said bluntly that community groups should stick to enterprises that complement existing infrastructure; for instance, if there is already an eco-lodge, they should offer day trips for the lodge clients. The corporate way infuses nearly all types and levels of economic partnership. All of the major international institutions allegedly promoting sustainable development - for instance, the United Nations (UN), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) - function on business principles. When funding and other corporate 'giving' stems from industrial activities which capitalize on colonialism or damage life systems, it is inaccurate and misleading to call this philanthropy, corporate citizenship.