From compliance to practice
Börzel, Tanja A. ;  Hönke, Jana ;  DFG Research Center (SFB) 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Modes of Governance?

Main titleFrom compliance to practice
Subtitlemining companies and the voluntary principles on security and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo
AuthorBörzel, Tanja A.
AuthorHönke, Jana
InstitutionDFG Research Center (SFB) 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Modes of Governance?
No. of Pages38 S.
Series SFB Governance working paper series / Englische Ausgabe ; 25
Classification (DDC)321 Systems of governments and states
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AbstractTransnational institutions increasingly commit multinational companies to human rights and social standards on a voluntary basis. Our paper investigates the security practices of multinational companies and whether these comply with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Analysing the case of mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo we evaluate the impact of the Principles on local security practices and critically analyse the effects of these practices. We argue that one needs to go beyond compliance studies, which focus on the implementation of formal programs (output) and rule-consistent behaviour (outcome), in order to evaluate corporate governance contributions. We therefore develop a conceptual framework that looks at companies’ local security practices, including non-compliant practices, and their effects on local security. Our approach leads to a more differentiated evaluation of the effects of voluntary standards and the potential for corporate governance contributions than much of the literature on business and governance does.
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FU DepartmentDepartment of Political and Social Sciences
Other affiliation(s)DFG Sonderforschungsbereich 700 Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit - Neue Formen des Regierens?
Year of publication2011
Type of documentBook
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