Nordic Fight against Corruption – Challenges, Tools and Results

Dear CSR Legal Research Network,

CEVIA is organizing another conference within the realm of CSR – this time focused on Corruption at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen on September 27-28, 2018.

The conference The Nordic Fight against Corruption aims to bring legal and compliance professionals from Nordics and abroad to one venue in order to promote legal scholarship and in-depth discussion about the fight against corruption. The aim of the conference is to better understand the challenge of corruption inside as well as outside of Nordics, to review the existing legal tools to protect Nordic companies against corruption and to uncover possible corruption practices outside of Nordics. Furthermore, it is the purpose of this conference to provide the participants with the possibility to share their experience and practices. The conference is divided into several panels and workshops.


Time: September 27-28, 2018, 9:00-17:00

Place: Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S 

For more information & for registration:


NEPCon would like to invite all interested stakeholders to a brief afternoon session this Friday at Axelborg with cocktails and networking in connection with the three-year DANIDA project Responsible Sourcing of Soy, Cattle and Palm Oil. We will share project highlights and lessons learned through a mixture of short speaks and exhibition with pictures.


  • 14:00-14:15    Welcome and introductions // by Christian Sloth NEPCon Responsible Source Programme Manager
  • 14:15-14:45    NEPCon Project highlights and introduction to the NEPCon Sourcing Hub
    • Our innovative approach to analysing risks in the supply chains for palm oil, soy and beef, based on our experience in the timber sector.
    • Our national risk assessments for 10 key producer countries of soy, beef and palm oil, covering 82% of global palm oil production, 52% of global soy production and 16% of global beef production. The national risk assessments detail the risks of negative impact to environment and people in a producer country, and give options to companies sourcing from these places to treat the risks.
    • Our 28 detailed responsible sourcing tools from the national risk assessments that make the information directly applicable to companies’ supply chains.
    • The NEPCon Sourcing Hub, where all the risk assessments and tools can be downloaded for free.
    • Our experiences working with four large food companies sourcing palm oil, soy and beef and helped them analyse a selected supply chain scope for risks.
  • 14:45-16:00    Open floor for information sharing, questions and networking.
    • Participants will be encouraged to share their work in these sectors so we can build synergies and learn from each other’s work.

We look forward to seeing anyone interested in the field responsible sourcing of palm oil, soy and beef. Feel free to share with you network and bring your colleagues!

Over a three year period, the project has developed comprehensive national risk assessments from 10 key producer countries of soy, beef and palm oil, covering 82% of global palm oil production, 52% of global soy production and 16% of global beef production. The national risk assessments details exactly what the risks of negative impact to environment and people are in a specific producer country, and precisely what companies sourcing from these places can do to treat the risks.

Furthermore, NEPCon has developed 28 detailed responsible sourcing tools from the national risk assessments to make the information directly applicable to companies’ supply chains. All the information and tools are free and publicly available on the online platform NEPCon Sourcing Hub.

The event is free of charge.

NB! The event will be partly in Danish and partly in English.

Duration 14.00-16.00:

Contact for more information or visit the web site at:


Sustainable Business Models: Designing the future for business in society [SMART]


Designing the future for business in society

Global economic development has brought immense benefits and opportunities for business and society. For the first time, a world without absolute poverty has become an agreed goal of development policies globally, and in the EU, as reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The prospect of social and economic progress collides with the threat of unprecedented social-ecological consequences resulting from economic activity transgressing the planetary boundaries.

Understanding and addressing these global changes is a pervasive scientific challenge and an intrinsic dimension of an integrated and comprehensive approach to rethinking business for sustainable societies. Our understanding of a sustainable society is based on the definition of sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present while safeguarding Earth’s life-support system, on which the welfare of current and future generations depends’ (Griggs et al, Nature, 2013). A sustainable society is one where sustainable development is achieved, and Sustainable Business Models (SBMs) are Business Models that fit into such a society.

This Conference concerns the “Sustainable Business Models” aspect of the SMART Project. It aims to identify good, competitive and increasingly resilient practices associated with different business profiles and the latest Developments and theories in different managerial and legal areas.


The conference fee is €125 for PhD students and €200 for other researchers. In order to secure a place at the Conference, please register here.


Scientific Aspects: Professor Maria Jesus Muñoz-Torres

Time & Place

June 26, 2017 June 27, 2017, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain

Taxation and Sustainable Development [SMART]

In order to secure the social foundation for people today and in the future, radical changes both to business behavior and to the global distributional landscape are required. Tax systems are a recognized force for both behavioral change and redistribution. Are tax systems responding, however, to these needs?


“Green tax” regimes exist, of course, but do they work and are they enough?  What are their impacts along global value chains?  What barriers to sustainable business exist in the way market actors are taxed outside such regimes, and in the way market actors respond to tax systems generally?  Are the outcomes of the OECD’s “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” project, and instruments such as the EU’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive, enough to stall the flow of untaxed corporate profits from developing countries?  More generally, how can tax policy become a positive driver for sustainable development?  How can sustainable development imperatives be integrated in tax policy-making on the level of individual states, at EU-level, and globally? These are some of the questions the Taxation and Sustainable Development Conference aims to address when convening an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to Oslo University Faculty of Law on 25 April 2017.

How to register?

Registration for the event is open for scholars of all disciplines and others interested in the topic, including students. We encourage registration through this online registration form to secure a place at the Conference.


Jukka Mähönen

Linda Gulli

Call for paper

View the call for paper here.

Time & Place

Apr. 25, 2017, Kjerka, Domus Media Vest, Oslo

International Conference on Sustainable and Efficient Transport System [SMART]

The InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Business and Law, University of Helsinki and Aalto University School of Business in collaboration with the SMART project, University of Oslo are organizing an international conference on Sustainable and Efficient Transport Systems – The Role of Transport in the Sustainable Circular Economy.



Concept note and overarching questions

The aim of the conference is twofold:

(1) to find solutions to the overarching question of how transport could be more resource efficient and have less negative impact on the environment; and

(2) to answer the question of the role of transport, and in particular carriage of goods, in the transformation to a circular economy.

The current transformation to a circular economy focuses upon the life cycle of products, including aspects like production, design, materials and waste of goods, leaving the negative impact of transport aside.

However, in order to make efficient decisions, politicians, stakeholders and, in particular, the actors in the supply chain should be informed about the role transport plays in the international supply chain and also in the transformation to a circular economy. Research on the role of transport in the transformation to a circular economy is thus needed.

The overarching goal is to develop a resource efficient transport system that respects the environment. For this, we need technical solutions, such as cleaner and quieter means of transport. This is, however, not the only relevant approach, we also need a behavioural change in the transport industry. Tools are therefore required to promote a shift in the decision-making process that will enable the logistics service providers to choose environmentally friendly transport solutions, particularly as regards modes of transport (or a combination of these), routes of transport as well as, for example, the avoidance of half empty or empty loads. The key word for enabling the logistics service providers to make the right choices is information.

How to register?

For information on how to register please visit Intertran’s website (deadline for registration is 12 April 2017).