The second Daughters of Themis volume is in print: Innovating Business for Sustainability
Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate disregard of the connection between economics and ecology has come to an uncomfortable reckoning. Unprecedented shifts to mitigate global warming and other environmental and social crises are needed. The volume Innovating Business for Sustainability: Regulatory Approaches in the Anthropocene responds to these challenges through an interdisciplinary investigation of the possibilities for embedding sustainability into business within legal and regulatory landscapes.
Picture: Participants at the 2018 Daughters of Themis meeting
The volume springs out of one of the several collaborative projects of Daughters of Themis: International Female Business Scholars. It is, as the second Daughters of Themis volume, inspired by and builds on the first one: Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018). It has been completed under conditions made more difficult than usual by the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, and yet the surrounding implications from the pandemic have stimulated even deeper reflection on the state this world is in and what we can do to contribute to change.
The volume’s analytical approach draws on two elements that have not been sufficiently discussed in existing literature on regulatory approaches for sustainable business: a sustainability-research informed understanding of the global goals that diverse regulatory approaches are or should be attempting to achieve, and a gendered perspective of how these goals are shaped and how business should engage with these issues.
The editors, Beate Sjåfjell, Carol Liao and Aikaterini Argyrou, submitted the manuscript to Edward Elgar Publishing in December 2021 and the book will be out in 2022. As a teaser, the introductory chapter as well as abstracts of all chapters are freely available on SSRN.
Chapter 1: Innovating Business for a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Future
By Carol Liao, Beate Sjåfjell, Aikaterini Argyrou
Chapter 2: We Need to Talk About Gender in the ‘Safe Operating Space for Humanity’
By Sarah E. Cornell
Chapter 3: Systems Thinking and the Law in the Age of the Anthropocene
By Hanna Ahlström
Chapter 4: The Problem with Selling Gender Equality as Business Innovation
By Roseanne Russell
Chapter 5: Superannuation Funds and Corporate Sustainability in Australia: The Power of an Emerging Actor in Polycentric Governance
By Vijaya Nagarajan and Ann Wardrop
Chapter 6: Sustainability and Implementation of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain – End of the Beginning?
By Isabel Άlvarez Vega and Charlotte Villiers
Chapter 7: The Shortcomings of Regulating Transparency for Sustainable Development in African Mining
By Sara Ghebremusse
Chapter 8: How Legal and Tax Support Can Reinforce the Innovative and Inclusive Power of Social Enterprises
By Pjotr Anthoni, Aikaterini Argyrou and Tineke Lambooy
Chapter 9: Can the Modern Corporation Operate Sustainably?
By Susan Watson
Chapter 10: Resilient Corporate Agents: The Workers’ Role in Sustainability
By Yue S. Ang
Chapter 11: Regulation by Litigation on the Path to Sustainable Corporations
By Carol Liao
Chapter 12: Re-embedding the Corporation in Society and on Our Planet: Company Law as a Vehicle for Change
By Beate Sjåfjell
Chapter 13: Corporate Law and Sustainability in a Reimagined Post-Pandemic World
By Carol Liao, Beate Sjåfjell and Aikaterini Argyrou