1st Edition

Business Regulation and Non-State Actors Whose Standards? Whose Development?

Edited By Peter Utting, Darryl Reed, Ananya Reed Copyright 2012
    406 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume assesses the achievements and limitations of a new set of non-state or multistakeholder institutions that are concerned with improving the social and environmental record of business, and holding corporations to account. It does so from a perspective that aims to address two limitations that often characterize this field of inquiry. First, fragmentation: articles or books typically focus on one or a handful of cases. Second, the development dimension: what does such regulation imply for developing countries and subaltern groups in terms of well-being, empowerment and sustainability? This volume examines more than 20 initiatives or institutions associated with different regulatory and development approaches, including the business-friendly corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda, ‘corporate accountability’ and ‘fair trade’ or social economy.

    Introduction: Multistakeholder Regulation in a Development Perspective Peter Utting  1. Development and the Problematic of Non-State Regulation Darryl Reed  2. Activism, Business Regulation and Development Peter Utting  3. Assessing the ETI Codes of Labour Practice Stephane Barrientos and Sally Smith  4. Social Accountability 8000 and Socioeconomic Development Andreas Rasche and Dirk Ulrich Gilbert  5. The International Organizaiton for Standardization Stepan Wood  6. The United Nations Global Compact and Development Catia Gregoratti  7. The Global Reporting Initiative: Promise and Limitations David L. Levy and Halina Szejnwald Brown  8. Balanço Social and Sustainability Reporting in Brazil Eduardo R. Gomes and Ana Maria Kirschner  9. The Forest Stewardship Council Graeme Auld and Benjamin Cashore  10. The Marine Stewardship Council Graeme Auld  11. The Global G.A.P. Agni Kalfagianni and Doris Fuchs  12. Global Retail Accululation Strategies and Wal-Mart's CSR Regime Ngai-Ling Sum  13. Applying the Atlanta Agreement on Child Labour in South Asia Peter Lund-Thomsen and Khalid Nadvi  14. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Carola Kantz  15. Blood Diamonds, Non-State Actors and Development: The Kimberley Process and Beyond Ian Smillie  16. Peoples' Tribunals in Latin America Marcelo Saguier  17. The Worker Rights Consortium Don Wells  18. International Framework Agreements and Development Nikolaus Hammer  19. IFOAM and the Instiutionalization of Organic Agriculture René Audet and Corinne Gendron  20. 'Fair Trade Gold': Prospects for Africa's Artisanal Miners Gavin Hilson and Paul Kamlongera  21. The World Fair Trade Organization: From Trust to Compliance Eileen Davenport and William Low  22. Fairtrade International (FLO) Darryl Reed  23. Comercio Justo México: Potential Lessons for Fairtrade? Alistair M. Smith and Francisco VanDerHoff Boersma  24. From Non-State Regulation to Governance? Shifting the Site of Contestation Darryl Reed and Ananya Mukherjee-Reed


    Darryl Reed is Associate Professor in the Business and Society Program at York University, Canada.

    Peter Utting is Deputy Director at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

    Ananya Mukherjee-Reed is Professor, Department of Political Science at York University, Canada.