The full Report may be accessed HERE (PDF). Brief reflections and the Report's Management Summary follow.
6. There is a potentially important role for RBGs to play in the management of production chains. The Dutch government was well ahead of its time. But RBGs work principally because they are respectful of the different character of duty (of states) and responsibility (of enterprises) within a global production chain that is quite resistant to unified and centralized governance. In this new era sates are at their best when they facilitate the second pillar market mechanisms through law. These, in turn are best served by the legalization of the principles of the UNGPs and the OECD Guidelines (for example); enterprises are at their best when they might be encouraged to look beyond either their institutional organization or the strategic use of borders. To hold enterprises to account but to do so in a regulatory environment in which sector specific firms might develop the mechanisms for robust accounting appears to serve--at least in this stage of development--as a promising avenue for the sort of gap filling envisioned for the UNGP and for the continued centering of globally driven principles of business conduct. Eventually those will be embedded n the financial reporting of enterprises--but that is a story for another day.