Final SMART Conference: Sustainability is possible

The Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) project is coming to an end. Funded by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 program and coordinated by the Law Faculty of the University of Oslo, the project runs since 2016. It has a strong interdisciplinary nature and involves more than 50 researchers from different fields and countries. From the Digitalisation group, PhD candidates Alice Frantz Schneider and Ines Junge are among the participants, together with associate professor Maja van der Velden, leader of the work package on the lifecycle of mobile phones.

The project has developed over the years a set of policy reform proposals, which can be accessed here. In a video focused on the reform proposals, professor Beate Sjåfjell, the project leader of the SMART project, points out to the need for change in the way business operates:

“The purpose of any European business must be to create sustainable value. […] We propose that the EU takes its responsibility as a global actor, a legislator, and a policymaker – to make it possible and easy for business and finance to create sustainable value, and for products to be produced and consumed in a way that contributes to securing a safe and just place for humanity.”

The video on the reform proposals is found here. Another, on the meaning of sustainability, is here.

Sustainability is possible (Image from the video)

The final SMART Conference – Sustainability is Possible! – will take place in Brussels, on 19 February. The focus will be on ways of transition to sustainability and on how to make European business the market-leaders of tomorrow.

More information about the final conference can be obtained through this link.

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