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The contribution of an FSC certification towards compliance with the EUTR requirements : a case study in Germany.

Dieckmann, Marc (2020) The contribution of an FSC certification towards compliance with the EUTR requirements : a case study in Germany.

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Abstract:This paper identifies the contribution of an FSC certification towards meeting the requirements of the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) for importing companies in Germany. The study proposes an overall value of private certification by also considering market and customer pressure for private certification. A case study design at a medium-sized paper manufacturer in Germany was selected. Interviews with various stakeholders from the public and private sector have been conducted. Given the different implementation and interpretation approaches of the EUTR in terms of strictness across member states, previous studies from other European countries are not generalizable to the case of Germany where a rather strict implementation is observable. Using the Transnational Business Governance Interaction (TBGI) framework by Eberlein et. Al (2014), the findings imply that an FSC certification highly contributes complying with the EUTR due diligence requirements in the short to medium term given the current recognition of the certificate by the German competent authority and the usability of relevant information and mechanisms preexistent in the FSC system. However, the long-term recognition yields uncertainties given changing valuation of the FSC certificate by the German competent authority due to existing weaknesses in the current FSC system. The proposed findings are especially valuable for medium-sized companies in the pulp and paper industry given a topical assessment of the FSC certification value and its current strengths by also shedding light on potential uncertainties in the long-term future. Moreover, the study contributes to the TBGI literature through a recent assessment of the compliance contribution of an FSC certification in Germany. However, findings may not be generalizable to other industries than the paper and pulp industry.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81786
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