Professor Graeme Auld and his colleague, Stefan Renckens, have published a chapter in a newly released book Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Advancing Marginalized Actors and Enhancing Regulatory Quality. Their chapter examines a dataset of 312 audits performed against the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a certification and eco-labeling program for seafood sustainability. The program was set up in the late 1990s as an effort to provide seafood buyers information about the sustainability of fisheries. It has grown to the point where somewhere around 10% of the world’s capture fisheries is certified by the program. The chapter is one of very few studies to focus on the organizations and individuals that perform audits for the MSC. The paper is able to trace the changing competition among auditors and link these patterns to audit outcomes.

This study is part of Professor Auld’s research undertaken through his Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair, an initiative supported by the Faculty of Public Affairs.

Graeme Auld and Stefan Renckens, 2019 “Micro-level interactions in the compliance processes of transnational private governance: The market for Marine Stewardship Council auditors and assessors” in S. Wood et al. (eds.) Transnational Business Governance Interactions, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham