Monthly Archives: April 2015

Policy Instruments and Co-Regulation for the Sustainability of Value Chains

SQ Consult is proud to present its research book “Policy Instruments and Co-Regulation for the Sustainability of Value Chains” written by SQ Consult co-founder Sergio Ugarte and SQ Consult Associate Vincent Swinkels. The book is published by ASME Press in theirTechnologies for Sustainable Life – Concise Monograph SeriesASME is the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, promoting the art, science & practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.

The book underlines the growing importance of sustainability aspects in the value chain of products and shows possible ways to manage (for companies) and regulate (for governments) these aspects. Because of the international nature of value chains and the limited possibilities for national governments to effectively regulate international value chains, experiences with co-regulation are analyzed and presented. In co-regulation, national policies build upon international private initiatives to monitor and control sustainability aspects of international value chains. The research shows that co-regulation has a lot of potential, but requires careful attention for design details, implementation and constant monitoring. A set of recommendations for policy makers, companies and promoters of private sustainability initiatives is given.