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Global governance for sustainable development

publication date: Apr 18, 2012
This paper by Halina Ward for the International Institute for Environment and Development, describes the development of ISO 26000, a new international standard on social responsibility, which offers guidance across themes including human rights, labour, environment, consumer protection, fair operating practices and community development. She discusses the ‘governance dissonances’ – potential conflicts or tensions between the standard and public governance/policymaking which could have broader implications for sustainable development and suggests steps to tackle these and enhance the positive contributions of the standard to global governance for sustainable development. More…