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Collaboration in private-social partnerships: the case of third party certification in aquaculture


Vince, J, Collaboration in private-social partnerships: the case of third party certification in aquaculture, Governance of Collaboration Workshop: Co-production, Contracting, Commissioning and Certification, 21-22 August 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Collaborative governance has traditionally focused on the relationships between market, community/non-state actors and the state. Third party certification organizations provide opportunities for market and community/non-state actors to collaborate with minimal state involvement in the assessment of sustainable resource management practices. This paper examines the way these private-social collaborative relationships are changing the way traditional governance is being utilized. Emerging market based approaches are driven by shareholder expectations as well as commitment to corporate social responsibility, whereas community engagement is increasingly centered on the questions of social license to operate. This paper argues that a community’s lack of trust of industry and/or certification organizations and assessments hinders the collaborative process. This paper explores the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) that is still in its infancy and establishing itself in the market and its role in the Australian salmonid aquaculture industry. This industry is Australia’s most valuable fishery, yet key stakeholders, environmental NGOs and local communities are at odds over its operations and environmental impacts. It is found that community groups can grant or withhold social license to operate, ceasing industry progress despite its commitments to corporate social responsibility policies and certified standards.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:hybrid governance, aquaculture
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Dr Joanna Vince)
ID Code:125230
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-09
Last Modified:2018-04-11

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