Multi-Interest Self-Governance through Global Product Certification Programs

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Multi-Interest Self-Governance through Global Product Certification Programs

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Published as Chapter 9 in Responsible Business: Self-Governance and Law in Transnational Economic Transactions, Olaf Dilling, Martin Herberg & Gerd Winter, eds.

This paper describes emerging new governance systems centered on programs that seek to 'certify' products as having been produced in environmentally or socially appropriate ways. These programs typically promulgate their own standards, which are often stricter than state standards, and implement them through distinctive inspection and monitoring institutions. Conventionally labeled as 'self-governance' because they are organized around global product chains, the programs also incorporate a growing variety of non-economic interests from around the world in policy making and implementation. The paper focuses on forestry, but also discusses organic agriculture, apparel, and fisheries certification, describing the structure and dynamics of these programs as well as their relationships to state legal regimes. It suggests, among other things, that the programs have had surprisingly large effects on operational practices, that they may be evolving distinctive new accountability systems, and that they rely particularly heavily on 'logics of appropriateness' in seeking to establish their legitimacy.

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

Hart Publishing

ISBN

9781841137803

First Page

259

Last Page

291

Keywords

accountability, administrative law, certification, conformity assurance, eco-labeling, environmental management, globalization, governance, international trade, labor standards, legal pluralism, self-regulation, self-governance, standard setting

Disciplines

Administrative Law | International Trade Law | Law

Multi-Interest Self-Governance through Global Product Certification Programs

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