EU policy coherence for sustainable business and finance

In this workshop, SMART wishes to examine the interactions between policies and to what extent these either enable or constrain the areas of EU sustainability policies, Foreign Direct Investment and the EU Sustainable Finance Initiative, as well as the regulation of the governance of global value chains. 

We see increased policy interest in the role of business and finance in achieving international developmental goals. In the European Consensus on Development, policy coherence for development is considered a key priority in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The European Commission has previously identified five key challenges and areas of priority in this context: trade and finance, food security, climate change, migration, and security. These areas are interconnected and should be analysed in conjunction.

In spite of the emphasis on trade and finance, significant policies and programmes related to business and financial markets were not included. These, notably European company law and corporate governance and financial market law, are the object of analysis in the SMART Project.

To achieve sustainable development, also in what in EU terminology are denoted the least-developed countries, improved corporate governance of European businesses and the global value chains they are involved in, relevant and reliable reporting, and systematic integration of  environmental, social and governance factors in investment are all necessary. New policy areas with significance for development issues, such as the area of sustainable finance require a broader and deeper analysis.

In this workshop we wish to examine the interactions between policies and to the extent to which these either enables or constrain the main focus areas:

  • Corporate governance and global value chains
  • Circular economy and development
  • EU sustainable finance initiative and foreign direct investment

In each thematic session we:

  • Present the gaps we have identified for feedback and discussion
  • Present ideas for what can be done for feedback and discussion
  • Discuss the feasibility of reform ideas

The workshop is by invitation only. Interested policy makers, practitioners and scholars are welcome to contact Hanna Ahlström at h.c.ahlstrom@jus.uio.no.

Preliminary programme

8:30   Coffee
9:00   

Welcome and introduction – Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo

  • Introduction of workshop participants
09:15 Policy coherence for development – Norbert Probst, DG DEVCO/European Commission 
09:30

Corporate governance and global value chains – Jaakko Salminen, University of Turku and Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo 

  • Identifying policy gaps and lack of policy coherence. Possible ways forward.
  • Discussion
10:30   Break
10:45

Circular economy and development – Mark Taylor and Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, University of Oslo

  • Identifying policy gaps and lack of policy coherence. Possible ways forward.
  • Discussion
11:45

EU sustainable finance initiative and foreign direct investment – Tonia Novitz and Clair Gammage, University of Bristol

  • Identifying policy gaps and lack of policy coherence. Possible ways forward.
  • Discussion
12:45

Lunch 

13:30

Policy coherence mapping and brainstorming – Svein Erik Stave, Fafo Research Foundation and Hanna Ahlström, University of Oslo 

  • Discussion
14:30   

Wrap-up of workshop – Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo

  • Final steps of the SMART project
15:00 End of workshop

    

 

Published May 15, 2019 10:39 AM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2019 1:30 PM