Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and a Sustainable Future

In Europe, there is an emerging recognition of the significance of corporate law and corporate governance for a sustainable future. At this seminar, we facilitate an in-depth discussion of how to move forward, drawing on the results of our now concluded SMART Project.  

The seminar will be held through Zoom and is open for all. If you would like to participate, please register below and we will send you the Zoom link.

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In the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, the relevance of corporate law and corporate governance for a sustainable future has become the topic of debate. The European Union is taking a lead in this area, with its Sustainability Reporting Directive (the so-called Non-Financial Reporting Directive), the Sustainable Finance Initiative, the Circular Economy Action Plans, and now most recently, the Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative.

The project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART, 2016-2020), funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, presented a number of research-based reform proposals in all of these areas.

In this SMART legacy event, SMART scholars set the scene for discussing the role of corporate law and corporate governance for a sustainable future. Why is change needed? What needs to be changed? And how can corporate law regulate and innovate corporate governance so as to shift business towards a sustainable future?


13.00-13.05: Welcome

13.05-13.25: Sustainable corporate law: why, what and how, by Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

13.25-14.30: Discussion

14.30-14.45: A short convenience break

14.45-16.45: Integrating sustainability into corporate governance

Brief interventions to stimulate the discussion:

  • Corporate purpose and duties of the board, Professor Andrew Johnston, University of Warwick
  • Sustainability due diligence, Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo
  • Disclosure, accounting and auditing, Professor Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo and University of Helsinki


16.45-17.00: Concluding remarks


Beate Sjåfjell

Jukka Mähönen

Andrew Johnston


Published Nov. 10, 2020 11:10 AM - Last modified Aug. 28, 2022 8:35 PM