Ethical trade networks as a catalyst for corporate compliance with human rights

Kirsteen Shields*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Elaborating on Ethical Trade Networks as a Catalyst for Corporate Compliance with Human Rights, Kirsteen Shields considers why voluntary regulatory efforts channelled by social movements, in particular Fairtrade, may achieve compliance in areas beyond the reach of traditional regulatory methods of international law. Insights from network theory cast light on how ethical trading networks may serve as catalysts for corporate compliance. Moreover the development of transnational voluntary regulation challenges the democratic accountability of traditional methods of international law, whilst bearing its own democratic deficits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetworked Governance, Transnational Business and the Law
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642412127
ISBN (Print)9783642412110
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Social Enterprise
  • Transnational Corporation
  • Scope Economy
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Ethical Trade


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