In 2018 and 2019 we are moving from research to concrete results.
Our comprehensive analysis on the state of art on market actors’ contribution to sustainability was completed in August 2018. Concentrating on the global value chains of products sold in Europe, our analysis bring together the results of research done on the level of international law and policy, on the EU level, and the level of selected Member States. We have identified the barriers, gap and incoherencies in the regulatory frameworks that keep market actors form making more sustainable decisions. We have also identified possibilities that need to be enhanced if we collectively are to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With our comprehensive analysis as the foundation, we will produce guidelines for improved impact assessment for the EU’s policy coherence work, and develop reform proposals to achieve the necessary changes.
The EU is the main recipient of our reform proposals. However, reform proposals may also be directed towards other legislative and policy levels.
We will also develop proposals for market actors who have ambitious plans for their sustainability work and agenda.
We have initiated the SMART Investor Forum and the SMART Business Forum to engage with market actors. These Forums are in addition to our general stakeholder engagement in SMART and are our platforms for industry engagement.
The SMART Investor and Business Forums provide a space for mutual learning and exchange of knowledge in an inclusive and friendly environment where people can feel free to speak their mind. We wish to learn more about what investors and businesses perceive as the main barriers to and possibilities for more sustainable market actors. The Forums are also our opportunity to receive feedback on our research.