Proactive Compliance? – Repercussions of National Product Regulation in Standards of Transnational Business Networks

TranState Working Paper No. 64, Bremen: Sfb 597 'Staatlichkeit im Wandel', 2007 ISSN 1861-1176

42 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2013

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Olaf Dilling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This working paper illustrates the links between the self-regulation of transnational business networks and the law by analysing the management of chemical substance risks in the electric and electronic equipment industry. National product regulation (and to some extent regulation of production processes) can influence standards employed globally by leading corporations within their network of suppliers and contract manufacturers. However, it is also shown that the diffusion of regulatory standards within transnational production networks is not a linear process: corporate actors to some extent selectively appropriate standards and proactively self-regulate substances of concern that are not yet regulated by state-based law. Similarly, the suppliers may also influence the contents of the standards used in the network.

Keywords: environmental law, hazardous chemicals, risk management, corporate responsibility

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Dilling, Olaf, Proactive Compliance? – Repercussions of National Product Regulation in Standards of Transnational Business Networks (2007). TranState Working Paper No. 64, Bremen: Sfb 597 'Staatlichkeit im Wandel', 2007 ISSN 1861-1176, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2185986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2185986

Olaf Dilling (Contact Author)

University of Bremen - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 330440
Bremen, 28334
Germany

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