While standards play an increasingly important role in international trade and global value chains, little is known about their actual impacts in these chains. By applying a systematic literature approach, The Impacts of Private Standards on Global Value Chains aims to apply the key research findings to this question. Generally, the research in this area was found to focus on few standards, products and countries. In most cases the case studies do not allow for the identification of correlations between variables. A systematic analysis of value chain impacts across standards and products providing quantitative, statistically valid data is lacking. Data is not comprehensive enough to make standard or product specific conclusions. Finally, there is a focus on the production side of the value chain, despite claims made about examining the entire value chain.
Publication Date: 30 Mar. 2011