Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SCOM (Sustainable Company)
Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2020-09-30
1. Sustainable Public Procurement
- The needed for simultaneous simplification and more detailed EU, national, and regional legal rules on sustainable public procurement
- The need for the development of IT tools supporting sustainable public procurement practices to ensure its higher uptake across the EU
- The need for an organic transition towards sustainable public procurement at the national, regional, and local levels, that requires an active engagement of public procurers,
supported by active policy-making and support at the institutional level.
2. Sustainable Corporate Behaviour and Law
- The need for understanding the impact of a particular industry on sustainable development (the size, the direction and the possibility for a rapid shift towards sustainability with
minimal negative social impact)
- The need for understanding that not only each industry but also each size of the company influences the actions that should be taken by the undertaking in consideration
- There is no 'one-size-fits-all' regulation for achieving sustainable business behavior (either regarding social or environmental sustainability), yet there are some common
denominators that can and should change in the framework in the EU and national corporate law and corporate governance:
- redefining corporate purpose in the light of the changed social reality
- revisiting the notion of shareholder primacy
- identifying the reposible corporate actors for sustainable corporate behavior
- substituting the 'polluter pays' principle with the 'precautionary' principle
- forming a policy following the sustainability hotspots to ensure a meaningful transition towards sustainability
3. Sustainability in Higher Education
- The understanding of Higher Education as one of the leaders in the societal transition towards sustainability, as a tool to raise awareness and a tool fostering sustainable behavior
of students as future leaders
- The sustainable reform is needed at the organisational level, research, and teaching (as well as the continuous sustainability education of educators)
- At the teaching level, the existing curricula should be revised in entirety: it is not enough to add 'sustainable' courses to the existing curricula but rather to reform the traditional
courses to account for the changed reality, and the present project created a report of how to do so in the case of corporate law and corporate governance, strategic management
The dissemination activities carried out based on the project findings and outcomes:
1. XV. Harvard Law School Course on Law and Economics (2018)
2. SMART Presentation, Brussels (2018)
3. Driving Sustainability in European Public Procurement, Brussels (2018)
4. OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (2018)
5. University Jaume I: Presentation of the SCOM Project for promoting Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (2019)
6. University of Hertfordshire, London, UK (2019) Sustainable Supply Chains and Sustainable Corporate Law, guest lecturer.
7. IESE Doing Good Doing Well (DGDW) Conference (2019).
8. Daughters of Themis Workshop (2019), ""A critical assessment of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan in the light of the access to finance for circular economy projects.""
9. AEDE Conference (2019): ""The impact of e-Procurement on institutional quality"" (co-authorship) and ""Shareholder primacy as a social norm: unjustly inhibiting sustainable business.""
10. SMART Workshop on reform proposals, University Jaume I (2019), ""A critical assessment of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan in the light of the access to finance for circular economy projects.""
11. Global Climate Change Week 2019 (sole organiser), UPF (2019), presenting SCOM.
12. SMART Conference, Oslo (2019): ""Policy Coherence for Sustainable Public Procurement.""
13. Barcelona's Sustainability Report ""Nuevos Aires"" Conference (2019), ""Corporate Sustainability: Law and Practice.""
14. UN Climate Change Conference Madrid (2019), SCOM Project and the UPF Planetary Wellbeing Initiative.
15. ALEF Conference, Ankara (2019), three presentations on sustainability in the higher education.
16. GUNI Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, Barcelona (2020), SCOM Project and the Planetary Wellbeing.
17. Global Sustainability Programme Conference at the Catalyst Sustainability Graduate School, Barcelona (2020), ""Sustainability in corporate law and practice.""
18. (In)Corporate Sustainability Conference, Barcelona (2020): the final conference of the SCOM Project, organised exclusively by the main researcher.
19. Law and Macroeconomics Conference, Yale University (2020), “Does E-procurement Matter for Economic Growth: Subnational Evidence from Australia.”
20. Finalist Judge at Reimagine Education Awards and Conference, San Francisco, USA (2020).
21. Professor of Business Law and Sustainability at ESSEC Paris, CEI Barcelona, Catalyst - Sustainability Graduate School in Barcelona, UPF Barcelona after the completion of the SCOM Project."