Value Chain Analysis Research Team

As the world economy became more integrated, the production processes were distributed across boundaries. Therefore, the governance of corporate production has also become more hybridized, intertwining with regulations from national or international public regimes, as well as standards from private firms. The value chain analysis team of the ESG center therefore focuses on three questions. First, how the concerns over environmental or labor issues were translated into regulations or standards in the framework of hybrid governance? Second, how has this hybrid governance reshaped the landscape of global industries? Third, how small or medium businesses, especially those from the developing countries, managed to navigate their ways in the changing contours of the global economic development.


Research Posts

The Current Situation of Sustainable Packaging in the Taiwanese E-commerce Industry
Abstract The e-commerce industry in Taiwan is growing rapidly with the total revenue reaching 240 billion NTD in 2019, which can be assumed that over 120 …
The Orchestration between Private and Public Governace: The Case of Sustainability Certification Schemes for Palm Oil
The palm oil industry has been increasingly relying on international private initiative schemes, e.g. RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). While the GoI (Government of Indonesia) …
Transnational business governance within the palm oil industry: The case of ISPO and RSPO
Abstract There is an increasing importance of transnational business governance which can be seen from the adoption of it as a novel mode of regulation to …
An indigestible feast? A multi-scalar approach to the energy transition in Taiwan
Written by Ker-Hsuan Chien Image credit: unsplash.com Abstract Whilst current, global efforts in energy transition have driven up renewable energy generation around the world, this growth …
When the State Brings Itself Back into GVC:The Case of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge
In the past decades, there has been an increasing fragmentation of governance, authority, andinstitutions in the global value chain (GVC). The change from state to non-state …
Case Study: RePack
What is RePack? RePack is a company based in Finland who makes efforts in the aspect of waste reduction by providing Transit Packaging (reusable packaging for …
A Wake-Up Call to Improve Factory Working Procedures in a Time of Crisis
Written by Chan-Yuan Wong, Ker-Hsuan Chien, and Mei-Chih Hu. Image credit: Worker by We Make Noise/Flickr, license CC BY-ND 2.0 As the world enters the second …
Current Situation of Sustainable and Recycle Packaging in Taiwan
According to EPA (Environmental Protection Administration), the domestic logistic industry is growing yearly in a rapid rate, from 27 billion NTD in 2012 to 32 billion …
Sustainability of the palm oil industry: The effectiveness of functional meta-partnership in driving system-wide change
Abstract The increasing global demands for palm oil is followed by the rising critique associated with sustainability issues towards the production practices as it is the …
Sustainability of palm oil industry: Inclusiveness of smallholder value chain integration
This study puts forth the importance of the smallholders’ role on the sustainability of palm oil.  A comprehensive literature review has revealed that there are just …