Life-cycle based management and reporting for sustainable business

This conference intends to critically investigate life-cycle based governance and management, finance, accounting and reporting, as a means to achieve corporate sustainability.


Industrial mobile clanks near Boulby Mine, England. Illustrasjonsfoto: summondbyfells/flicr

Life-cycle thinking for corporate sustainability

Meeting the grand challenge of securing a social foundation for all people today and for future generations without destroying the very basis of our existence, is arguably not possible without the contribution of business. What this requires of business in aggregate may be denoted corporate sustainability, which can be defined as when businesses (or more broadly, private, public and hybrid economic actors) in aggregate create value in a manner that is (a) environmentally sustainable in the sense that it ensures the long-term stability and resilience of the ecosystems that support human life, (b) socially sustainable in the sense that it facilitates the respect and promotion of human rights, and (c) economically sustainable in the sense that it satisfies the economic needs necessary for stable and resilient societies. The new UN Sustainable Development Goals with national integration have also given corporate sustainability a new and stronger momentum.

A life-cycle based approach to business, where environmental, social and governance impacts are integrated, is a possible approach towards achieving corporate sustainability. It also has the potential of transcending the barriers between legal entities, both public and private, and across global supply chains and contractual networks.

Call for papers

To encourage a transdisciplinary discourse, we have issued a call for papers where we welcome contributions from all relevant disciplines, including industrial ecology, environmental management and other management studies, finance and accounting, business law, law and economics, and any other disciplines relevant to corporate sustainability, including theoretical work, and case studies and other empirical work. We anticipate in-depth debate on how life-cycle based governance and management can be constructed to be sustainable in an ever-changing landscape, and how life-cycle thinking for corporate sustainability can be reflected in accounting and reporting. Do any of the approaches adopted by the EU function as intended, and do they indicate a way forward for corporate sustainability? The detailed call for papers is available here, with a deadline of 20 September.

Registration and Conference fee

Registration for the conference is open for scholars of all disciplines and others interested in the topic, including business and finance representatives as well as students. We encourage early registration through this online registration form to secure a place at the conference.


Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) in collaboration with the Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability and The European Law Network, both at the University of Oslo, and Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU

Published Mar. 13, 2017 10:25 AM - Last modified Jan. 23, 2018 2:20 PM