10 april: Beyond deterrence: Punishment, Deterrence, and Compliance in the Dutch Waste Industry

The UvA Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE), and the VU Department of Criminal Law and Criminology cordially invite you to a seminar session with

Drs. Karin van Wingerde about
Beyond deterrence: Punishment, Deterrence, and Compliance in the Dutch Waste Industry

Presentation compliance and enforcement seminar April 10- Karin van Wingerde

Firms’ environmental behavior is expected to be influenced by both public and private pressures. Yet, we know little about the ways in which both public and private regulation shape firms’ environmental behavior. Does the threat of severe penalties influence compliant behavior or are private pressures more important? What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of both public and private pressures in shaping corporate environmental behavior and how do public and private pressures interact? Based on a qualitative empirical study among 40 companies in the waste industry in the Netherlands this paper seeks to answer these questions. Overall, the results show that waste companies perceive private pressures as far more important than general deterrence messages. These findings can be explained by the history and developments that characterize the waste industry. The waste industry has evolved from a small scale branch of industry to an international economic sector that seeks for high level innovations to improve environmental performance. Nowadays, many waste companies talk about maintaining their social license to operate (Gunningham, Kagan & Thornton, 2003; 2004). These results emphasize the need for public regulatory authorities to make use of and interact with private forms of regulation.

About the Speaker
Karin van Wingerde is a final year PhD student at the Criminology Department of Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research interests include corporate compliance, the (public and private) regulation of corporate behavior, and especially the interaction between different mechanisms of regulation and governance. Besides working on her dissertation Karin works as a researcher at the Rotterdam Court of Audit.
karinvanwingerde@gmail.com, cg.vanwingerde@rekenkamer.rotterdam.nl.

10 April 2012
15.00 – 16.00
Universiteit van Amsterdam | UvA
Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid | Amsterdam Law School
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam
Room no.:
A 2.08
Prof. Dr. Benjamin van Rooij | b.vanrooij@uva.nl

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