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IOG Policy Brief No. 19: Stewardship, Good Governance and Ethics

As the IOG discovered in a survey of common usages of the term ‘stewardship’ in various contexts around the world, the term has gained currency in a wide variety of policy debates – particularly around environmental, product, and technological stewardship – but there is remarkably little consistency to the concept’s meaning. This policy brief clarifies the meaning of ‘stewardship’ by: (1) outlining common current usages; (2) illustrating the problems with inconsistent usages in the context of biotechnology in Canada; and (3) comparing ‘stewardship’ to the related concepts of ‘good governance’ and ‘ethics’.

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