Multi-Interest Self-Governance Through Global Product Certification Programs

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS? SELF-GOVERNANCE IN TRANSNATIONAL ECONOMIC TRANSACTIONS 259-291 (OLAF DILLING, MARTIN HERBERG, & GERD WINTER, EDS., OXFORD: HART PUBLISHING 2008). ISBN: 978 1 84113 779 7

SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-102

18 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2014

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Errol Meidinger

University at Buffalo Law School

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Date Written: 2008

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

Meidinger, Errol, Multi-Interest Self-Governance Through Global Product Certification Programs (2008). RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS? SELF-GOVERNANCE IN TRANSNATIONAL ECONOMIC TRANSACTIONS 259-291 (OLAF DILLING, MARTIN HERBERG, & GERD WINTER, EDS., OXFORD: HART PUBLISHING 2008). ISBN: 978 1 84113 779 7, SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-102, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477003

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