Institutional Design of Voluntary Sustainability Standards Systems: Evidence from a New Database

25 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2017

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Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Marion Jansen

International Trade Centre

Philip Schleifer

University of Amsterdam - Department of Political Science

Olga Solleder

International Trade Centre

Regina Taimasova

International Trade Centre (ITC)

Joseph Wozniak

International Trade Centre (ITC)

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Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) have become a common attribute of international production and trade. Even though VSS are not mandatory (required by law), in practice they often are necessary for producers to participate in global value chains. This paper uses a new international database to shed light on specific institutional dimensions of VSS systems that directly impact on the costs of compliance borne by producers and identifies a number VSS-specific features that are associated with the "producer-friendliness" of different VSS systems. These include membership in meta-standard organizations and stakeholder engagement in VSS decision-making.

Keywords: certification, SMEs, sustainability, voluntary standards

JEL Classification: F13, L15, O10, Q01

Suggested Citation

Fiorini, Matteo and Hoekman, Bernard and Jansen, Marion and Schleifer, Philip and Solleder, Olga and Taimasova, Regina and Wozniak, Joseph, Institutional Design of Voluntary Sustainability Standards Systems: Evidence from a New Database (August 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12204, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3018455

Matteo Fiorini (Contact Author)

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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Bernard Hoekman

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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Marion Jansen

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Philip Schleifer

University of Amsterdam - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Olga Solleder

International Trade Centre ( email )

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Regina Taimasova

International Trade Centre (ITC) ( email )

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Switzerland

Joseph Wozniak

International Trade Centre (ITC) ( email )

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Geneva
Switzerland

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