Special Issue "Corporate Sustainability Reforms: Securing Market Actors’ Contribution to Global Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).
Interests: corporate law; corporate governance; sustainability; duties of the board; planetary boundaries; social foundation; EU law; law and economics
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Interests: critical systems thinking; repair; sustainable product lifecycles; sustainable digitalisation; transition design
We invite proposals for papers to be presented at the conference ‘Corporate Sustainability Reforms: Securing Market Actors’ Contribution to Global Sustainability’ in Oslo on 24 October 2019, where we will discuss how to facilitate the transition to sustainability, with the aim of identifying concrete proposals. Subject to peer-review, accepted papers will be included in a Special Issue of the open-access journal Sustainability.
To achieve sustainability, it is crucial to secure the contribution of all market actors: Business, citizens, investors, and the public sector. We define sustainability as securing the social foundation for people everywhere, both now and in the future, while staying within planetary boundaries (Leach, Raworth and Rockström).
A number of barriers, gaps, and incoherencies prevent market actors from contributing to sustainability (see the SMART report Obstacles to Global Sustainable Business (2018) concerning obstacles to corporate sustainability). Current initiatives are insufficient in the face of the short-term pressure for maximization of financial returns to investors, together with a general tendency to see economic growth as a main policy target (rather than a means to an end). Together with silo-thinking and path-dependent, outdated economic models, this is keeping us on a track towards an unsustainable future. Many business models are still based on overconsumption. The lack of relevant, reliable, and verified information on sustainability impacts across global value chains is a hindrance to businesses and sustainability-oriented investors. It also acts as a barrier for sustainability-oriented citizens as consumers and workers and for the public sector when acting as procurer.
With this backdrop, we invite contributions from any relevant discipline, as well as transdisciplinary proposals. We welcome contributions concentrating on international questions, on aspects concerning the EU and the Member States, and proposals aimed directly at the market actors, as well as comparative contributions from other parts of the world.
- Deadline for Abstracts: 20 June 2019
- Papers will be selected for presentation at the conference in Oslo based on the submission in response to the call for papers. Subject to peer-review, these papers will be included in the special issue.
- Deadline for Submissions: 3 October 2019 (by invitation and selected based on submitted abstracts)
Prof. Beate Sjåfjell
Dr. Maja van der Velden
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Corporate sustainability
- Planetary boundaries
- Social foundation
- Shareholder primacy
- Global value chains
- Sustainable business
- Sustainable finance
- Sustainable public procurement
- Policy coherence for sustainable development