Stakeholder Audits: An Alternative Approach to Environmental Auditing


  • Sanford Lewis

    1. Sanford Lewis is an environmental attorney and Director of the Good Neighbour Project for Sustainable Industries. He also teaches Environmental Law and Pollution Prevention in the Graduate Departments of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University and the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles.
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  • The Good Neighbour Project for Sustainable Industries aids organizations and government in developing and implementing partnerships, strategies and policies to promote sustainable local industries. The Good Neighbour Project is made possible with the support of the Bauman Foundation, Beldon Fund and the Unitarian Univer-salist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. Special thanks to the DataCenter for research in conjunction with this article.


NGOs in the United States (US) are pioneering an innovative approach to the question of environmental auditing in industry. Instead of relying upon industries to evaluate themselves, citizens groups and trade unions are requesting detailed disclosures from companies as well as the right to conduct their own on-site audits of industrial environmental and safety performance. This article will review this alternative approach to environmental auditing and makes several recommendations for implementing effective policies for stakeholder participation in health, safety and environment matters.