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Global Public Policy Networks: An Emerging Innovation in Policy Development and Application

The 1990s saw an expansion of dialogue around environmental issues, an increasing concentration of market power, and an explosion of information and communication technology into the mainstream. The combination of these factors created a backdrop for the emergence of a key global public policy network—the Global Reporting Initiative—in which the free-flow of information and the rapidity of communication enabled interested parties to scrutinize corporate activities much more closely, while also providing incentives to these businesses for voluntary disclosure.