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Published Nov. 17, 2017 10:15 AM

Oil nations, those who allow major polluters to pollute and profit from the pollution, are increasingly finding themselves at the receiving end of lawsuits. The ongoing court case in Oslo is the latest example.

Published Nov. 6, 2017 1:27 PM

Norwegians change their mobile phone more often than ever before. With services such as Telenor's Swap and Telia's Svitsj, it has become even easier to get the latest mobile phone on the market. These subscriptions enable customers to obtain a new mobile phone every 12 months. Telenor promotes Swap as good for the customer and good for the environment, because these one year old mobiles end up in countries where most people do not have the money to buy a new mobile.

Published Oct. 4, 2017 12:32 PM

How companies create value, for whom and at what cost. A summary the SMART-event in from Brussels: “Non-Financial Reporting for a Sustainable Circular Economy”.

Published Sep. 18, 2017 3:54 PM

With the results from Norway’s general elections last Monday, the impression of a land of paradox is reinforced. The conservative coalition has received a slim mandate to stay in office.

Published Aug. 14, 2017 10:00 AM

This year’s workshop delivered insightful and thought-provoking discussions on the challenges and opportunities with engaging in interdisciplinary research, spanning the use of multiple disciplines and methodologies as well as the strengths with creating partnerships with colleagues.

Published Aug. 4, 2017 2:30 PM

There is much unused potential in law to empower consumers as a force to promote greater sustainability, but also significant barriers in legal regulation and in consumer behaviour.

Published June 26, 2017 1:22 PM

Much done – much more to do as we work to align business interests and public policies for greater policy coherence for development with planetary boundaries.

Published June 15, 2017 9:05 AM

Beate Sjåfjell has written an op-ed in the University of Oslo’s online paper Uniforum about Daughters of Themis and how it started with a recognition of the lack of gender balance in company law scholarship in egalitarian Norway.

Published May 11, 2017 9:40 AM

The sovereign state is perhaps the single most important structural phenomenon in human organisation today, and tax sovereignty is one of the fundamental components of the sovereign state.  But what is tax sovereignty for?

Published May 10, 2017 11:32 AM

Lack of will, knowledge and priorities leaves room for improvement when it comes to social and ethical considerations in public procurement. Even the Fairtrade-label might be problematic. 

Published May 9, 2017 9:33 AM

This Call for Papers invites contributions to the Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Those tentatively selected to contribute will be invited to a Cambridge Handbook Symposium in Oslo on 12-14 March 2018, with draft chapters to be submitted to the editors beforehand. Participation at the Symposium is not a condition to contribute to the Handbook, but it is strongly encouraged. The Symposium is expected to enhance the quality of the contributions, reinforce the cohesive nature of the volume, and contribute to the timeliness of the manuscript.

Published May 8, 2017 2:07 PM

On the 30 of March, SMART hosted its first stakeholder meeting for the garment sector. Representatives of global fashion brands, fashion educators, textile producers, sourcing consultants, government, NGOs and academic experts met to discuss how to make the garments sector more sustainable.

Published Apr. 24, 2017 1:29 PM

Our mobile phones are produced by a seemingly unstoppable cycle of innovation, consumption, and obsolescence. Producing them is plagued by an unsustainable cycle of low wages, human rights abuse, use of hazardous materials, and ineffective recycling practices.

Published Apr. 3, 2017 3:21 PM

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in is available at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law. Extended deadline: 24 May 2017.

Published Mar. 27, 2017 1:24 PM

Norwegian bank DNB has, after massive pressure from civil society and media, decided to withdraw its investments from the Dakota Access pipeline project. – With proper due diligence, DNB probably would have not been there to start with, Professor Beate Sjåfjell says. 

Published Mar. 13, 2017 12:40 PM

By Beate Sjåfjell and Jukka Mähönen

Published Feb. 20, 2017 11:19 AM

We are hiring a Research Assistant to complement the SMART team and our research focus. Deadline for applications Thursday 9 March 2017. 

Published Feb. 9, 2017 11:47 AM

PhD candidate Linn Cecilie Anker-Sørensen will present her doctoral thesis "Control decoupling – implications for understanding modern corporate groups"

Published Jan. 18, 2017 9:19 AM

I have to admit that for the first time in my academic career, at around 4 am on Wednesday 9 November 2016, the thought came to my mind that there is no hope.

Published Jan. 18, 2017 9:14 AM

Policy-makers are slow to regulate sustainability, but courts are turning into environmental champions in assigning responsibility to companies and shareholders.

Published Nov. 1, 2016 2:30 PM

Good news for the planet: Recent summit suggests growing consensus on the need for integrating sustainability considerations into finance and corporate governance.

Published Oct. 6, 2016 11:02 AM

The new EU non-financial reporting requirements, while a step in the right direction, lack the scope and the necessary verification requirements to be a real game-changer writes Beate Sjåfjell.

Published Sep. 28, 2016 9:27 AM

A recent proposal from the Norwegian government looks to remove red tape for small and medium businesses in an effort to encourage entrepreneurship.

Published Aug. 29, 2016 11:51 AM

Twenty-four degrees Celsius and Greek hospitality laid the groundwork for a very fruitful workshop on corporate sustainability and gender.

Published Aug. 26, 2016 2:48 PM

The SMART project congratulates Beate Sjåfjell on her appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.