Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Johannes Blankenbach, Archna Negi, Jorge Antonio Pérez-Pineda
    Pages 1-15 Open Access
  3. Global Governance Frameworks for Sustainability Standards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Archna Negi
      Pages 39-59 Open Access
    3. Axel Berger, Dominique Blümer, Clara Brandi, Manjiao Chi
      Pages 61-81 Open Access
    4. Ana Carolina Mendes dos Santos, Ayuni Larissa Mendes Sena, Vana Tércia Silva de Freitas
      Pages 99-111 Open Access
    5. Kuntala Bandyopadhyay
      Pages 113-129 Open Access
  4. Sustainability Standards in Sectoral and Country Contexts

About this book


This open access book focuses on the issue of sustainability standards from the perspective of both global governance frameworks and emerging economies. It stems from the recognition that the accelerated pace of economic globalization has generated production and consumption patterns that are generating sustainability concerns. Sustainability standards (and regulations) are increasingly being used in a bid to make global consumption and production more sustainable. Given the dense inter-connectedness of economic affairs globally, the use of sustainability standards has become a concern of global governance, who face the challenge of achieving a balance between the use of standards for genuine sustainability objectives, and not allowing them to turn into instruments of protectionism or coercion.
The emerging economies, given their increasing engagement with the global economy, are most impacted by the use of sustainability standards. The emphasis of ‘emerging economies’ in this book is retained both by using case studies from these economies and by collating perceptions and assessments of those located in these economies. The case studies included span sectors such as palm oil, forestry, food quality, vehicular emissions and water standards, and address the problems unique to the emerging economies, including capacity building for compliance with standards, adapting international standards in domestic contexts and addressing the exclusion of small and medium enterprises etc.
Complex interfaces and dynamics of a global nature are not limited to the thematic of this book but also extend to the process through which it was written. This book brings together insights from developed as well as emerging economies (Germany, India, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico and China). It also brings together scholars and practitioners to jointly ponder upon the conceptual aspects of the global frameworks for sustainability standards. This book is a very useful resource for researchers and practitioners alike, and provides valuable insights for policy makers as well. 


Open Access Sustainability Standards Global Governance Emerging Economies Social and Environmental Standards Sustainable Development Goals

Editors and affiliations

  • Archna Negi
    • 1
  • Jorge Antonio Pérez-Pineda
    • 2
  • Johannes Blankenbach
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversidad Anáhuac MéxicoEstado de MéxicoMexico
  3. 3.Business & Human Rights Resource CentreBerlinGermany

About the editors

Archna Negi is Associate Professor at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. She has about 15 years of teaching experience at JNU, in which she has taught courses on international organization, law and diplomacy. She has supervised research both at Ph.D and M.Phil. levels. Her research expertise is in the issue areas of trade and environment. She was at the Trade and Environment Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva as a Visiting Scholar for a brief period of two months in 2007. She has also participated in the six-month ‘Managing Global Governance’ programme at the German Development Institute in the year 2007. She has a Masters Degree in Political Science (from Delhi University) and a Doctorate in International Law (from Jawaharlal Nehru University).

Jorge A. Pérez-Pineda is a research professor at Anahuac University Mexico in the Faculty of Business and Economics and belongs to the National Research System (SNI) in Mexico. He has been consultant for Mexican and international institutions such as AMEXCID, OXFAM, Endeva, UNDP, AECID, GIZ, IICA, and professor in other universities such as UNAM and Mora Institute. He holds a BA in Economics for the National University Autonomous of Mexico and a Masters degree and PhD by the Complutense University of Madrid, with postgraduate studies at the University of Essex and a specialization on Global Governance by the German Development Institute (DIE). His research interests are on the topics of private sector and international cooperation, CSR, middle income countries, and financing development.

Johannes Blankenbach works at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre as its Berlin-based EU Researcher & Representative, having joined the organisation in May 2018. Prior to this, he was a researcher at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn for more than five years, contributing to knowledge cooperation across the institute’s Managing Global Governance (MGG) network with partner institutions from emerging economies. He co-chaired a research project on sustainability standards and also helped to set up the German chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which focuses on the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Johannes holds a BA in International Relations from Dresden University, Germany, and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research interests lie in the fields of corporate human rights due diligence and voluntary sustainability standards, as well as in their interconnections with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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