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Third party certification: implementation challenges in private-social partnerships


Vince, J, Third party certification: implementation challenges in private-social partnerships, Policy Design and Practice, 1, (4) pp. 323-336. ISSN 2574-1292 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/25741292.2018.1541957


Third party certification organizations provide opportunities for market and community/non-state actors to collaborate with minimal state involvement. This new hybrid form of collaborative governance raises questions about accountability and responsibilities of private-social partnerships and the challenges to policy implementation. 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. 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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:third party certification, governance, aquaculture, trust
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 (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
ID Code:129418
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-11-29
Last Modified:2021-10-25
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