Authors’ note: Earlier versions of this article were presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 30–September 2, 2007, Chicago, and the 67th Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2–5, 2009, Chicago, IL. We thank Anu Bradford, Kelly Kollman, the editors of International Studies Quarterly, and the anonymous reviewers for very helpful comments and Catriona Webster for research assistance. Replication materials and the appendix may be found on the International Studies Quarterly Web site (http://dvn.iq.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/isq).
The Private Provision of Public Goods: Corporate Commitments and the United Nations Global Compact1
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2010
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International Studies Quarterly
Volume 54, Issue 4, pages 1175–1187, December 2010
How to Cite
Bernhagen, P. and Mitchell, N. J. (2010), The Private Provision of Public Goods: Corporate Commitments and the United Nations Global Compact. International Studies Quarterly, 54: 1175–1187. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2010.00631.x
- Issue published online: 5 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2010
We examine the commitments of transnational corporations to human rights, labor, environmental, and anti-corruption standards. Modeling commitment as a function of the nature of the firm’s business activities and conditioned by neighborhood and audience contexts, we investigate adherence to the principles entailed in the UN Global Compact program by the world’s 2000 largest companies. Our results suggest that the decisions to participate in and to take steps to comply with the Global Compact are influenced by the characteristics of the firm as it adapts to its institutional and political environment. Signing up to the program increases the likelihood of firms developing human rights-related company policies and receiving positive external assessments of their performance.