The advance of private governance initiatives in sustainability markets: the case of global roundtables in feedstock for biofuels

Louise Nakagawa, Arílson da Silva Favareto, O. Hospes

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Abstract

Social and environmental barriers arising from the production system, added to the fragility of public policies and the action of markets, have resulted in the emergence of a new institutional arrangement consisting of social and economic agents from different areas, giving rise to multi-stakeholder initiatives. Named on this work as private governance, these structures refer to global roundtables dealing with the development of sustainability criteria through certification systems. Inserted in markets that rely on forms of natural resource that claim to be sustainable, these initiatives have advanced on many sectors. However, when analyzing processes in private governance, what we see is that most of the studies are focused on the interference of economic-institutional factors, and not around the social relations. Thus, it sought to deepen the understanding of the dynamics of global roundtables from the political-cultural approach, based on the New Economic Sociology. By revealing the conceptions of control and the SAF, it was possible to improve the understanding of the operation and establishment of private governance initiatives, and explain the differentiation of the performances of the three major global roundtables dealing with the production of feedstocks for biofuels: RTRS, RSB and RSPO.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-62
JournalRevista de Estudos Sociais da Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso
Volume34
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Private Governance
  • Sustainability
  • Biofuels

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