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

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Authors: Jake Wilson & Marc Saner

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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Institute on Governance

Institute on Governance

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

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