In the context of a lack of international conventions and rather ineffective private sustainability governance, the calls for new public policies to address the negative externalities of agro-commodity chains have become louder. This project analyzes the emergent public policies for regulating the soy and beef commodity chains between Brazil and Europe and discuss to what extent they have hardened the foreign accountability of corporations with regard to their human rights and environmental performance. The project combines document analysis of emerging public policies with multi-sited field work in Brazil to explore the impacts of such initiatives on local populations.

Project participants: Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Stockholm University, Almut Schilling-Vacaflor, University of Osnabrück and Andrea Lenschow, University of Osnabrück.

Contact: Maria-Therese Gustafsson