Project Participants

Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART)


This Project aims to address an increasingly pressing global challenge: How to achieve the EU’s development goals and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, while meeting the global target of staying within two degrees global warming and avoid transgressing other planetary boundaries. EU policies must align with sustainable development goals (Article 11 TFEU). The impacts of climate change and global loss of natural habitat undermine the progress achieved by pursuing the Millennium Development Goals and threaten the realisation of EU development policy goals. Our focus is the role of EU’s public and private market actors. They have a high level of interaction with actors in emerging and developing economies, and are therefore crucial to achieving the EU’s development goals. However, science does not yet cater for insights in how the regulatory environment influences their decision-making, nor in how we can stimulate them to make development-friendly, environmentally and socially sustainable decisions. Comprehensive, ground-breaking research is necessary into the regulatory complexity in which EU private and public market actors operate, in particular concerning their interactions with private and public actors in developing countries. Our Consortium, leading experts in law, economics, and applied environmental and social science, is able to analyse this regulatory complexity in a transdisciplinary and comprehensive perspective, both on an overarching level and in depth, in the form of specific product life-cycles: ready-made garments and mobile phones. We bring significant new evidence-based insights into the factors that enable or hinder coherence in EU development policy; we will advance the understanding of how development concerns can be successfully integrated in non-development policies and regulations concerning market actors; and we provide tools for improved PCD impact assessment as well as for better corporate sustainability assessment.




Horizon 2020 Framework Programme

Collaborative partners:

Norut Northern Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Jaume I University, University of Tasmania, Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), University College of Cork, Ireland, Comenius University in Bratislava, Deakin University, University of Sassari, Tax Justice Network, University of Ghana, Stockholm University, University of Oslo, University of Copenhagen, Forskningsstiftelsen Fofa, City University of Hong Kong, University of Bristol, BGMEA Institute of Fashion & Technology, University of Turku, Nyenrode Business University, Aarhus University, Allerhand Institute, Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business, University of Washington [Seattle]



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