Title

Sustainability Standards and Stakeholder Engagement: Lessons From Carbon Markets

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2017

Publication Title

Organization and Environment

Volume

31

Issue

3

First page number:

263

Last page number:

282

Abstract

Stakeholders play an increasingly active role in private governance, including development of standards for measuring sustainability. Building on prior studies focused on standards and stakeholder engagement, we use an innovation management theoretical lens to compare stakeholder engagement and standards developed in two carbon markets: the Climate Action Reserve and the U.N.’s Clean Development Mechanism. We develop and test hypotheses regarding how different processes of stakeholder engagement in standard development affect the number, identity, and age of stakeholders involved, as well as the variation and quality of the resulting standards. In doing so, we contribute to the growing literature on stakeholder engagement in developing sustainability standards.

Keywords

Sustainability standards; Inclusivity; Stakeholder engagement; Carbon markets; Crowdsourcing

Disciplines

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Sustainability

Language

English

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