SMART workshop on reform proposals

SMART has identified a number of barriers, gaps and incoherencies that prevent market actors from contributing to sustainability, as well as some tentative positive trends that need to be strengthened. In this workshop we will concentrate on identifying ways forward towards corporate sustainability, with the aim of developing reform proposals that will contribute to policy coherence for sustainability.

Empty plenary room of European Parliament, Brussels. Photo: Sebastien le Derout

More details about our main findings can be found in the SMART report Obstacles to Global Sustainable Business, 2018.


Each day of the workshop will begin with presentations of one or several background papers, forming the basis for in-depth discussion. The workshop is by invitation only. Interested scholars are welcome to contact Beate Sjåfjell at

Tentative programme

Day 1: Setting the scene for the workshop week: Policy coherence for sustainability & policy incoherence on the ground

Welcome to the workshop

Background papers:

  • Developmental issues and the impact of non-developmental policies; Clair Gammage and Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol
  • Ways to think about impact assessment of policy coherence for sustainability; Svein Erik Stave, Fafo
  • Policy incoherence on the ground: hotspots in product life-cycles; Maja van der Velden, University of Oslo, Mark Taylor, Fafo/University of Oslo, and Martine Bosman Nyenrode Business University
  • Sustainability assessment guidelines and lessons learned about gaps and incoherencies in the regulatory system; María Jesus Muñoz-Torres, Universitat Jaume I

Day 2: Business models, company law and corporate governance

Background papers:

  • Business models and sustainability; María Jesus Muñoz-Torres, Universitat Jaume I
  • Integrating sustainability into corporate law; Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo
  • Decoding the (Corporate Governance) Codes of EU Member States: options for seeing eye to eye on sustainability?; Georgina Tsagas, University of Bristol

Day 3: Sustainable finance

Background papers:

  • The Sustainable Finance Initiative as a platform for change: critical perspectives and what SMART can contribute; Jay Cullen, University of Sheffield, and Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo

Day 4: Sustainable Circular Economy

Background papers:

  • The circular economy and sustainable business; Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, University of Oslo, María Jesus Munoz-Torres, Universitat Jaume I, and Raúl León, University of Zaragoza
  • Sustainability and circular economy; David Monciardini, University of Exeter  

Closing of the workshop



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