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Co-producing sustainability indicators for the port of Antwerp: how sustainability reporting creates new discursive spaces for concern and mobilisation

Coproduire des indicateurs de sustainabilité pour le port d'Anvers: comment le rapportage de la sustainabilité peut-il créer de nouveaux espaces discursifs d’investissment et de mobilisation?
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Bergmans, Anne; Vandermoere, Frédéric; Loots, Ilse

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Abstract In this article we discuss the port of Antwerp’s sustainability reporting initiative, reporting on the joint performance of the harbour community, as a process of co-production. By means of ‘stakeholder elicitation’ and in interaction with the port’s sustainability reporting initiative we investigated potentially meaningful indicators (mainly qualitative in nature) for environmental nuisance and citizen participation as aspects of responsible care. Reflecting on this work, we argue that such initiatives not only produce new sustainability indicators and standards, but also encourage dialogue through which identities are formed and a sense of (port) community is established.
Keywords sustainability; reporting; environmental impact; environmental pollution; perception; conflict potential; decision making; citizens' participation; stakeholder; corporate social responibility; urban development; Netherlands
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Area Development Planning, Regional Research; Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords port community; stakeholder dialogue; sustainability indicators (SIs)
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 107-123
Journal ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, 7 (2014) 1
Issue topic Environment and communication
ISSN 1775-352X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial