The Sustainable Market Actors Network

Sustainable Market Actors is a global research network with scholars from universities and research institutions all over the world. Our joint aim is to work to promote the contribution of market actors, private, public and hybrid, to sustainability. We define sustainability as securing the social foundation for humanity everywhere, now and in the future, within planetary boundaries.

Joining the Sustainable Market Actors Network

Collaboration across academic disciplines is vital to the progress on multiple areas of corporate sustainability law research. Through a series of academic seminars and conferences, we seek to engage members of our network and other interested scholars.

We are interested in building new collaborations and highlight overlapping research interests that can results in joint publications and new projects.  

Being a member is also an opportunity to showcase your interest in sustainability-related research on market actors, and identifying potential partners for your own research. We offer institutional and individual membership.

Scholars and institutions interested in becoming members of the Sustainable Market Actors Network, and possible contributing actively to current and future projects, may register their interest through this web form.

From Sustainable Companies to Sustainable Market Actors

Current and previous research projects in the Company Law Group have been crucial for establishing, developing and broadening the Sustainable Market Actors Network. The main projects are summarised below:

The Sustainable Market Actors Network was originally based on the team involved in the Sustainable Companies Project (2010-2014), coordinated by Beate Sjåfjell. The Sustainable Companies Project had as its aim to find out how to integrate the overarching goal of sustainable development and especially its environmental dimension in the decision-making in companies. The project undertook extensive, comparative analysis of the barriers to and possibilities for environmentally sustainable companies in company law and has identified a number of barriers and suggested possible ways forward.

The project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) ran from 2016 to 2020 and was also coordinated by Beate Sjåfjell. SMART had as an overarching objective to do research that would serve to promote global, sustainable development within a circular, low-emission economy compatible with the planetary boundaries and in line with the international development goals. The project undertook multilevel, interdisciplinary and international analyses in order to identify the barriers and possibilities for market actors’ contributions to sustainability. The project developed a broad set of reform proposals for the regulation of market actors and proposals for how business can integrate sustainability into their operations and activities, including sustainability assessments across their global value chains. The project built on the results of the Sustainable Companies Project but took it further, with the crucial support of the scholars of the Sustainable Market Actors Network.

Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics, 2019-2021) is a joint interdisciplinary three years research group of the Department of Private Law and the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. Futuring Nordics carries on the work of SMART, and is coordinated by Jukka Mähönen. The aim of Futuring Nordics is to address the great challenges of globalization, digitalization, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Nordic businesses. Through an interdisciplinary analysis, drawing both on historical sources and empirical data, Futuring Nordics investigates the potential of Nordic business models in the implementation of the SDGs within planetary boundaries.

Coordinated by the Company Law Group

The Sustainable Market Actors Network is coordinated by the Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability (the Company Law Group), at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

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Published Apr. 15, 2015 12:18 PM - Last modified May 18, 2020 8:22 AM