Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains

Stefano Ponte (2019)

New York: Zed Books.

About the book. The interaction of sustainability governance and global value chains has crucial implications the world over. When it comes to sustainability the last decade has witnessed the birth of hybrid forms of governance where business, civil society and public actors interact at different levels, leading to a focus on concepts of legitimacy within multi-stakeholder initiatives. Based on more than fifteen years of theoretical engagement and field research, Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains draws from both labor-intensive value chains, such as in the agro-food sector (coffee, wine, fish, biofuels, palm oil), and from capital-intensive value chains such as in shipping and aviation, to discuss how sustainability governance can be best designed, managed and institutionalized in today’s world of global value chains (GVCs).

Table of contents:

Introduction: Business, Sustainability and the Global Economy

  1. What We Know About Sustainability Governance
  2. Power in Global Value Chains
  3. Sustainability, Power and Governance in the Wine, Coffee and Biofuels Global Value Chains
  4. Value Creation and Capture through Economic and Environmental Upgrading
  5. Orchestrating Sustainability

Conclusion: “Just Sustainabilities” in a World of Global Value Chains

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