Book Launch: Business, Power and Sustainability - Stefano Ponte
Hosted by the Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS) and CBS Sustainability, Department of Management, Society and Communication Copenhagen Business School, CBDS director Stefano Ponte will launch his latest book on sustainability governance and green capital accumulation at CBS, Dalgas Have 15.
Stefano Ponte is Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Business and Development Studies at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is interested in transnational economic and environmental governance, and in overlaps and tensions between private authority and public regulation. Stefano analyses business–government–civil society interactions, and governance and upgrading trajectories in global value chains. He is currently working on sustainability issues and how they shape power relations in global value chains, and on how different forms of partnerships affect sustainability outcomes.
Based in over 15 years of theoretical engagement and field research, Business, Power and Sustainability draws from both labour-intensive value chains, such as in the agro-food sector (coffee, wine, fish, biofuels, palm oil), and from capital-intensive value chains such as in shipping and aviation, to discuss how sustainability governance can be best designed, managed and institutionalized in today’s world of global value chains (GVCs). Examining current theoretical and analytical efforts aimed at including sustainability issues in GVC governance theory, it expands on recent work examining GVC upgrading by introducing the concept of environmental upgrading; and through new conceptions of orchestration, it provides suggestions for how governments and international organizations can best facilitate the achievement of sustainability goals.