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Papers and Reports

The Evolution of Trust in Business - From Delivery to Values

This document is a report from the World Economic Forum Leadership, Trust and Performance Equation Project (in collaboration with PwC), published in January 2015.  

UK Advertising Standards Authority: Prioritisation Principles Consultation

In October 2014, the ASA launched a public consultation on new Prirotisation Principles which will provide a framework to guide us in how we regulate our resources and pri

Partnership in regulation: Making the case for Smarter Intervention

This report was prepared by Ms Hanne Melin (eBay Inc. Public Policy Lab) to illustrate the need for partnership in regulation, what it entails and how it could look. It was presented at the 2014 European Health Forum Gastein during a session organised by DG SANCO on stakeholder involvement.

Presentation - “Business-to-business Unfair Trade Practices (UTPs) in the retail supply chain and the enforcement challenge: a Comparative Study”

This presentation is based on the “Study on the legal framework covering business-to-business unfair trading practices in the retail supply chain”, prepared for the European Commission (DG MARKT) by the College of Europe, the European University Institute and CEPS, with the participation of Dr.

A comparative analysis of transnational private regulation: legitimacy, quality, effectiveness and enforcement (F. Cafaggi)

Comparative Report in the framework of the Research Project Private Transnational Regulatory Regimes – Constitutional Foundations and Governance Design.

Creating policy for uncertainty by enabling, learning and analyzing

This article suggests that it is time for the next step of governance reform. The EU’s Smart Regulation agenda should become a European-wide Smarter Intervention project promoting informed problem solving with effective use of stakeholders and technologies.

The relationship between CSR and SR/CR – Memo for the Community of Practice

Both in the CoP Inaugural Meeting on 3 December 2013 and its follow up, participants underlined the need to clarify the relationship between CSR and SR/CR...

Activity Report on action#5 of the Communication A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility

Under the fifth action of the action plan set out in the 2011 Commission Communication A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility, the Commission committed to "[l]aunch a process in 2012 with enterprises and other stakeholders to develop a code of good practice for self- an

UK Advertising Standards Authority: Online Advertising Survey 2012

The ASA’s Compliance team has undertaken this survey to determine the compliance rate of marketing claims on companies’ own websites and in other non-paid-for space online under their control. The same survey was conducted in 2011, and this survey serves as a comparison against it.

UK Advertising Standards Authority: Online Advertising Survey 2011

A survey conducted across a range of company websites in eight broad sectors, in the two months before the ASA’s remit was extended to include companies’ marketing claims on their own websites. It will serve as a benchmark survey against which the 2012 follow-up survey will be compared.

UK Advertising Standards Authority research: Children and advertising on social media websites

A new ASA survey commissioned to find out what ads young people see and engage with online, and whether those ads stick to the UK advertising rules, suggests that the majority of young people are registering on sites using false ages.

Transnational Private Regulation - F. Cafaggi, A. Renda, R. Schmidt

As markets and regulatory tasks become increasingly global, forms of private international regulatory cooperation are emerging along with – or sometimes as a replacement for – inter-governmental cooperation.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodies in the Internet: self-regulation as a threat and a promise - Jonathan Cave and Chris Marsden

The research reported in this paper analyses the roles, functions and impacts of these organisations in various ICT-related domains and considers their implications for developing a regulatory posture that is more supportive of overarching policy objectives, more transparent and accountable, more

Smarter Intervention

This paper is a comprehensive overview and analysis, in light of today's and tomorrow's world, of authoritative writing on problem-solving and decision-making methods and models.

Options for and Effectiveness of Internet Self- and Co-Regulation

Options for and Effectiveness of Internet Self- and Co-Regulation: Final Recommendations.

EESC brochure on European Self- and Co-Regulation

The aim of this report is to assess the whole issue of self-regulation and co-regulation in the context of the European Union and think about, in particular, what qualitative criteria are needed for a reliable and effective implementation of these participatory standard-setting instruments, which

DG SANCO - Self-Regulation in the EU Advertising Sector, A report of some discussion among interested parties

This report reflects the issues identified during the Round Table on Advertising Self-Regulation between some Commission colleagues, some interested NGOs and representatives of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA).

Corporate responsibility, governance and accountability-from self-regulation to co-regulation, L. Albareda

The paper analyzes the changing role of business in a globalized society, focusing on transnational corporations as private authorities which have gained power in global governance.

Fostering Corporate Responsibility Through Self- and Co-regulation

As forms of self- and co-regulation, sector-specific initiatives with government involvement can adequately tackle sustainability issues. These initiatives re

New models of governance in the shadow of hierarchy - Self-regulation by industry in Europe - A. Heritier, S. Eckert

This article theorises and empirically investigates the conditions under which self-regulation by industry (governance) emerges in environmental policy at the Euro

Soft Law, Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation in European Law-Where do they meet - L. Senden

Over the past decade, the EU has been developing a new regulatory policy, which increasingly puts emphasis on the use of alternative instruments or on instruments that are complementary to traditional command-and-control legislation.

Codes and Experiences

UK Advertising Standards Authority: Five Year Strategy

The ASA launched its Five Year Strategy in 2014. The strategy sets out how the ASA will have more impact and be more proactive in its ambition to make every UK ad a responsible ad. 

Smarter Logos, better informed consumers | AIM-BEUC Joint Initiative

This document is part of a joint reflection process by AIM, the European Brands Association and BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, on how to provide consumers with better product information for non-advertising purposes.

FEDMA On-Line Annex

The On-Line Annex to the FEDMA code of practice for the use of personal data in direct marketing provides additional best practices, specifically for the sector of electronic communications. The On-Line Annex has also been negotiated with the Article 29 Working Party.

FEDMA European code of practice for the Use of personal data in direct marketing

The FEDMA code of practice for the use of personal data in direct marketing has been negociated with the Article 29 Working Party and provides the direct marketing industry with guidance in implementing data protection rules.

egta's guidelines for the implementation of the industry initiatives on OBA

The document aims to provide sales house executives with all the necessary information to enter into discussions with stakeholders in their countries in order to help ensure proper and effective implementation of the EASA Best Practice Recommendations on OBA.

egta's interpretative guidelines on the ICC Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing Communication

This publication addresses egta member professionals in charge of screening advertisements with the aim of helping them to better understand the most commonly used self-regulatory codes on food advertising and to equip them with concrete suggestions on how to call more frequently on the support o

Data Protection Code for Geodata Services

This Code of Conduct aims to foster trust and the realization of the rights of individuals to privacy by striking a balance between the interests of citizens, users and providers of geodata services.

Global Network Initiative - Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics, who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sect

Information Security labeling

This document includes the proposal for a new way of evaluating the security of cloud computing services through the development of a labeling systems that provides kite marks to individual services according to the security measures the provider implements in that specific service.

ISEAL Code of Good Practice: Setting Social and Environmental Standards v5.0

The ISEAL Alliance facilitated the development of the Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards as a means to evaluate and strengthen the process for setting voluntary standards.

Advertising Standards Authority Good Practice Examples

You can find here an overview of the Advertising Standards Authority good practice examples, indicating the way they work via their website, the social media and the media coverage of their work.

EASA - International Guides to developing a self-regulatory organisation

This text offers practical guidance to those who are contemplating setting up a self-regulatory system or improving, or future-proofing, one that already exists.

ICAP - Guiding Principles Self-Regulation of Marketing Communications for Beverage Alcohol

The Guiding Principles approved in November 2011 by the sponsors of the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP): Anheuser-Busch InBev, Asahi Breweries, Bacardi-Martini, Beam Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, Diageo, Heineken, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, SABMiller, and UB Group.

Vertical relationships in the Food Supply Chain - Principles of Good Practice - B2B Platform

Following a request made by the European Commission in the B2B Platform of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, a multi-stakeholder dialogue was created to discuss fair/unfair practices along the food supply chain.

OECD Guidelines for Muntinational Enterprises

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries.

Open discussions

Share your comments and ideas on a future “decision support tool” for starting any SR/CR initiative

One of the key conclusions of the 2nd CoP plenary meeting is that the issue of having the process right from the very beginning is a crucial factor for success. The principles are essential but non-sufficient on their own and their pragmatic application must be enhanced.

Let's innovate the "business of regulation"!

Modern data analytics and decision-making techniques can benefit the regulatory process just as they have benefitted almost every business sector and industry.

Potential areas for future SR/CR actions in e-commerce & retail sectors?

Following the outcome of the CoP Inaugural Meeting and its online interactive follow-up, we have reviewed potential areas for SR/CR actions within the e-commerce and retail sectors. The attached Memo aims at offering the CoP members some food for thought and avenues for further exchanges...

Follow-up panel 1 of the Inaugural Meeting: Mapping knowledge base

You are invited to start crowding sources in, and enrich our network of knowledge base.  The fields you can mention in your comment may include the name, the author, the publication date, some keywords, a link if any and the type - Data, Analytic, Research, Know-how or Link.

Follow-up panel 2 of the Inaugural meeting: Results on the vote on issues and sectors for attention


Members of the CoP platform were invited to select cross-cutting issues and sectors in order to identify the next priority work packages for the Community.

The votes are now closed - thank you very much for your input!

Follow-up panel 3 of the Inaugural meeting: Success factors

You are invited to confirm or add elements, and provide views and comments on the set of identified success factors of self- and co-regulation activities, listed in the attached document.

CoP Forum

Welcome to the CoP Forum!

This forum is the place to start or join conversations on specific SR/CR initiatives, documents or around a topic of your choice with other members of the Community.

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