SMART at 'Forskningsdagene' (the University of Oslo)
If we are to take the UN Sustainable Development Goals seriously, given the knowledge we have about the planetary boundaries, we need to re-think our approach to economy and politics. Beate Sjåfjell explains (in Norwegian) during the 2017 research days at the University of Oslo (26 September 2017).
Non-Financial Reporting for a Sustainable Circular Economy: Towards Greater Policy Coherence?
On 19 September 2017, academics, businesses, civil society experts and regulators gathered in Brussels for the “Non-Financial Reporting for a Sustainable Circular Economy” conference. This event was aimed at identifying best practice and built upon the latest developments, most notably the interim recommendations of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the French Energy Transition for Green Growth Act. Over 20 speakers discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the Non-Financial Reporting Directive in fostering a shift towards a sustainable circular economy. The conference was organised by the SMART project, Frank Bold and the Modern Corporation Project at Cass Business School.
Welcome and session 1 with:
Stuart Cooper, University of Bristol
Katarzyna Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, University of Glasgow
Koen van Bommel, VU Amsterdam
Georgina Tsagas, University of Bristol
Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo
Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo
Eli Rudshagen, University of Oslo
Amanda Sonnenfeldt, Lund University
Keynote speech by Pavan Sukhdev, CEO of GIST; founder and author of 'Corporation 2020'.
Keynote speech by Richard Howitt, CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council
Reflections by Antoine Begasse, DG FISMA, Zsofia Kerecsen, DG Justice (European Commission) and Heidi Hautala, MEP Greens (via video).
Panel on the company perspective:
Jo Iwasaki, Head of Corporate Governance at ACCA (moderator)
Cora Olsen, Global Lead TBL Reporting at NovoNordisk
Jannik Lindbæk jr., VP Communications at Statoil
Lise Bergan, Corporate Affairs Director at Cermaq
Panel on the investor and stakeholder perspective:
Eleni Choidas, European Policy Officer at ShareAction (moderator)
Ladislas Smia, Co-head of Responsible Investment Research, MIROVA - Responsible Investing
Martin Rich, Executive Director at Future Fit Business Benchmark
Harald Francke Lund, Senior Advisor at CICERO – Center for International Climate Research
Jennifer Law, Vice President at BlackRock
SMART project at European Commission
Podcast:'We are on a very certain path towards a very uncertain future'
There is no shortage of climate markers suggesting that we are marching towards an uncertain environmental future. In the current efforts to halt and reverse our environmental degradation, there is virtually no questioning of whether we can have sustainability in a world of global capitalism and it is inconceivable that continuing with our traditional global investment scheme will get us through the rest of this Century.
Listen to the podcast featuring professor Beate Sjåfjell and professor Benjamin Richardson.
Sustainable Business Models: Designing the Future for Business in Society
Audio files from the conference which was held in Madrid, 26-27 June 2017.