This paper deals with issues surrounding ethical trade, self-regulation and the information and communication technology revolution. The paper has the following objectives: First, to identify a range of underlying issues which are pertinent to ethical trade and self-regulation; Second, to emphasise the critical importance of information-flows to the design, operation and evaluation of systems of self-regulation, such as represented by ethical trade; Third, to suggest that ICTs are likely to play an increasing role in supporting information flows within market-based self-regulatory systems, and to identify a number of issues concerning their application to ethical trade; and Fourth, to identify gaps in current research concerning ethical trade and self-regulation, and suggest a number of critical research issues that will form the basis of a research plan.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 8, 29 pp.
Ethical trade, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and self-regulation.