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



Monday, 2 September 2019

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

14:45-15:00 Welcome to the workshop

15:00-16:20 Background papers:

  • Developmental issues and the impact of non-developmental policies; Clair Gammage, University of Bristol (virtual participation)
  • 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

16:20-16:50 Coffee Break

16:50-19:00 Discussion


Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Business models, company law and corporate governance

10:00-11:30 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 (virtual participation)
  • Discussion

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:00 Discussion cont’d

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Discussion cont’d

15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-17:00 Discussion cont’d


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Sustainable Finance

09:00-10:50 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
  • Accounting and reporting – connecting the dots; Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo (virtual participation)
  • Discussion

10:50-11:20 Coffee Break

11:20-13:00 Discussion cont’d

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Discussion cont’d

20:30- Workshop Dinner


Thursday, 5 September 2019

Sustainable Circular Economy

8:30-10:45 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  
  • Discussion

10:45-11:00 Closing of the workshop

13:00-14:00 Lunch (for the remaining participants)


The scientific committee consists of the following members:

  • Professor María Jesús Muñoz Torres - Universitat Jaume I
  • Professor Beate Sjåfjell - University of Oslo
  • Professor Tineke Lambooy - Universiteit Nyenrode
  • Professor Jukka Mähönen - University of Oslo
  • Professor Andrew Johnston - University of Sheffield
  • Associate Professor Maja van der Velden - University of Oslo
  • Dr. Raúl Leon Soriano - Universidad de Zaragoza


Published May 23, 2019 1:08 PM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2019 3:48 PM