A social-ecological framework for corporate sustainability

The University of Oslo hosts a workshop where academics and corporate representatives will discuss how to further include social-ecological systems thinking in corporate sustainability practices. The event is organised by SMART and the Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability.


Workshop background

Sustainability is no longer a peripheral topic for most corporations but ecological analyses indicate worsening and alarming state of affairs. The Planetary boundaries framework presents the most pressing and unprecedented social-ecological consequences of human activity that affect nine intrinsic biophysical processes that regulate the stability of the Earth system. It is not unexpected that with so many social-ecological systems problems co-existing at the same time, they outline together boundaries that the human corporation has no other choice than to respect. However, despite awareness of the declining state of ecosystems, the link between business processes to macro ecological processes and boundary conditions have yet to be identified. Certain advances have been recognized, but this “corporate-ecological” disconnection is still a concern.

This workshop aims to further discussions on structures and strategies for incorporating social-ecological systems thinking in corporate sustainability practices with the aim of co-producing ‘a social-ecological framework for corporate sustainability’. Academics and corporate representatives will critically discuss how and to what extent corporate sustainability practices provide opportunities for inclusion of such systems thinking that will furthermore outline a base for further research on integration into legal frameworks, targeting improved policy coherence for sustainable development.


A tentative programme will be available at the end of November.


By invitation only.


Seminar room "Kjerka", Karl Johans gt. 47. the midle building, Domus Media, at the Faculty of Law. Entrance from the Canteen (left side of the building). Elevator/stairs to 1st floor.


Hanna Ahlström (University of Oslo)






Published June 30, 2017 1:47 PM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2017 3:50 PM