Corporate actors – be they companies, their associations, foundations, or employees - play an ever increasing role in global, international and national policy making. They are regarded a source for finance for international organizations, for public service provision or infrastructure investments. They influence policy making on all levels as well as international discourses around issues like health, human rights, or tax.
This section looks at the role corporations play on various levels of governance. It highlights and analyzes the influence of corporate actors in various policy arenas and highlights the specific role of private philanthropic foundations. Are there potentially negative repercussions for relying too heavily on the private sector? And what could be the limits of and alternatives to the trend in establishing more and more so-called “partnerships” between the public and private sectors?
One specific focus in our work on corporations is following various processes that are aimed at creating binding norms for transnational corporations, especially in the area of business and human rights.