Published Jan. 10, 2020 2:31 PM

Even the apparently most sustainable clothing companies lack information about the environmental, social and economic impacts of their business operations, shows a SMART project analysis of the best practices reported by 31 companies in the textile industry.  

Published Dec. 18, 2019 1:04 PM

On December 3 we invited researchers, innovators and activists to an event on sustainability and fashion in Oslo. See the whole event here. 


Published Dec. 1, 2019 7:34 PM

Change in business practice is urgently needed to achieve sustainability. The deterioration of our biosphere has direct impacts on human welfare and political progress towards the realization of human rights. We must ensure business respect for human rights is a minimum standard in the drive for sustainability, say SMART project leader Beate Sjåfjell and researcher Mark B. Taylor.   

Published Nov. 22, 2019 11:33 AM

The SMART project has published a first report presenting its reform proposals aimed to support the transition to sustainability. All feedback is highly welcome, says SMART project leader Beate Sjåfjell.  

Published Oct. 22, 2019 1:02 PM

The constant buying and throwing away of clothes is destroying our planet. Therefore, EU governments should force companies to make clothes that last longer and can be recycled more easily.

Published Oct. 18, 2019 11:14 AM

We have created several visuals that we are sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share research insights from the SMART project with a wider audience. Like and share to spread the SMART message!

Published Aug. 27, 2019 1:20 PM

Are you interested in conducting research on Nordic business models in the era of globalization, digitalization and the pursuit of sustainability? Join the new research project Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics).

Deadline 12 September 2019!

Published July 1, 2019 2:15 PM

The EU-funded SMART project has published the first version of its sustainability assessment guide for companies. The guide is intended to help businesses become more sustainable and will be updated and improved over the next few months. 

Published June 24, 2019 10:48 AM

The Steering Committee of Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars, hereby express our solidarity with our Turkish colleague Dr. Ayşe Gül Altınay.

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Published June 21, 2019 11:41 AM

The fifth international workshop of Daughter of Themis brought together twelve business scholars from different countries to discuss ways of enhancing finance for sustainability.

Published May 22, 2019 11:39 AM

Businesses need to redefine their purpose to creating sustainable value within the planetary boundaries, argues SMART project leader Beate Sjåfjell. 

Academics and business representatives present at the conference agreed that governments should introduce regulation that stops companies from operating in an unsustainable way. Photo by Iselin Rønningsbakk / CICERO.
Published Apr. 26, 2019 11:02 AM

Introducing regulation that requires companies to act sustainably is crucial because many firms want to be more sustainable, but fear that doing so will be expensive and put them at a competitive disadvantage to less responsible businesses. 

Published Apr. 26, 2019 10:26 AM

"There is no guarantee that the courts are going to open up to the idea of climate justice," says Mark Taylor from the SMART project.

Published Apr. 24, 2019 2:39 PM

– and it may never lose its fossil fuel addiction

Economic and industrial pressure to keep opening new areas is indisputable, and perhaps immutable. The country's hypocrisy may be ingrained.

Published Mar. 29, 2019 8:33 AM

A PhD Research Fellowship in Sustainable Digitalisation is available at Digitalisation & Entrepreneurship (DIGENT) research section at the Department of Informatics. The successful candidate will be based at the Sustainability and Design Lab.

Deadline 7 April 2019!

Published Mar. 11, 2019 9:37 AM

The project Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models have a postdoctoral position available in Oslo.

Deadline 19 April 2019!

Published Mar. 8, 2019 3:08 PM

“The EU should reform European company law to ensure that businesses create profit in a way that is not based on destroying the environment or exploiting people,” says law professor and SMART project leader Beate Sjåfjell.

Published Feb. 20, 2019 9:27 AM

The deadline for application is 7 March 2019.

Would you like be a part of an exciting and important project? We are advertising a position starting in August 2019 as research assistant with the research project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo.

Published Feb. 15, 2019 1:44 PM

Jay Cullen as Adjunct Research Professor (20%).

Published Feb. 14, 2019 1:13 PM

Contrary to popular belief, maximising returns to shareholders is not a legal obligation. EU law must clarify that it is a requirement for companies to operate sustainably, said professor Beate Sjåfjell in Brussels on 24 January.

Published Dec. 20, 2018 11:56 AM

Current EU policies for mobile and textile production often let member states shape the laws and their implementation themselves. This leads to more use of chemicals and less sustainable waste management, research by the SMART project shows.

Published Nov. 7, 2018 10:04 AM

How to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals for people involved in the production of mobile phone was the topic of a SMART stakeholder meeting in Brussels on 27 September.

Published Oct. 15, 2018 2:23 PM

Glen Peters on some of the biggest challenges concerning climate change and sustainability.

Published Sep. 25, 2018 11:24 AM

Silo thinking and the lack of understanding of what sustainability actually is prevent progress and cooperation on sustainability in the EU. 

Published Sep. 7, 2018 12:26 PM

Daughters of Themis, an international women’s network started at the Faculty of Law a few years ago, has evolved today into a viable and fruitful international network for female business scholars.