As trade and production have increasingly crossed international boundaries, private bodies and governments alike have sought new ways to regulate labour standards and advance goals of fairness and social justice. Governments are harnessing social and market forces to advance corporate accountability, while private bodies are employing techniques drawn from command and control regulation to shape the behaviour of business. This collection brings together the research and reflections of a diverse international mix of academics, activists and practitioners in the fields of fair trade and corporate accountability, representing perspectives from both the industrialized and developing worlds. Contributors provide detailed case studies of a range of social justice governance initiatives, documenting the evolution of established strategies of advocacy and social mobilization, and evaluating the strengths and limitations of voluntary initiatives compared with legally enforceable instruments.
'The last decade has borne witness to increasing efforts by social movements, business, consumers, and others to achieve a more just and fair world. This book provides a timely assessment of the success of such initiatives, and the challenges they face in the decade ahead to achieve greater global justice.' Cameron Neil, Fairtrade Labelling Australia and New Zealand 'An excellent and timely book. It presents a rich array of studies on fair trade and CSR initiatives. The analysis provides essential insights into the different approaches, and succinctly clarifies common and divergent themes. An essential read for researchers and practitioners interested in this field. Highly recommended.' Stephanie Barrientos, University of Manchester, UK 'This collection, written by academics and practitioners, focuses on the social responsibilities of corporations...the text bristles with a broad spectrum of ideas and insights. The book should interest those concerned with fair trade, corporate social responsibility, and the interests of labor in social justice...Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.' Choice 'This edited collection [...] shares a useful analytical framework that brings an institutional perspective to the issue of redressing injustice and augmenting social justice in the global marketplace. ... the book is rich with accounts of various initiatives related to social justice ...' International Journal of Consumer Studies