A quarter century of corporate sustainability

What has been achieved, and where are we going?

  • Starts:15:00, 15 September 2022
  • Ends:19:30, 15 September 2022
  • Location:BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 37, Oslo, auditorium C2 - 005
  • Enrolment deadline:12.09.2022 12:00
  • Contact:Atle Midttun (atle.midttun@bi.no)

Seminar arranged by BI Norwegian Business School in collaboration with Rethinking Economics

The seminar brings together academia, politics, business, and media to take stock of core practices and achievements in corporate sustainability, and to reflect on future options.

Registered participants are invited to complimentary tapas and wine after the seminar.

Core questions are:

  • Asymmetric globalization, with politics lagging behind – can corporate responsibility fill the gap?
  • Corporate sustainability is challenged by ecology, but what about fairness?
  • Do we need to bring the state back in? Is there a case for partnered governance?
  • Is sustainability primarily for front-runners? What about the rest?
  • There is much greenwashing in politics and business, but is there virtue in hypocrisy?
  • Business is in a squeeze between democratic and autocratic states. What are the ways out?

Setting the Scene: professor Atle Midttun, 

Comments from panelists (in alphabetical order): Ebba Boye and Olav Soldal, Rethinking Economics; Caroline Ditlev-Simonsen, BI; Kim Gabrielli, Global Compact Norway; Rasmus Hansson, Stortinget – MDG; Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås, Multiconsult; Marianne Groth, Eika gruppen; Petter Nore, Nord Universitet; Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, E 24; Guro Slettemark, Transparency International Norway; Arild Vatn, NMBU.

Moderated by Christian Borch, journalist and former NRK News anchor


  • Time
  • Title
  • Welcome

    Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen, BI

    Olav Soldal, rethinking economics, BI

    Christian Borch

  • What has been achieved?

    Moderated by Christian Borch

    Setting the scene:  Atle Midttun, BI

    Panel (see above)

  • ¼ century of corporate sustainability success and failures

  • Panel discussion with participation from the floor

  • Coffee/Tea break

  • Where are we going?

    Moderated by Christian Borch

    Setting the scene:  Atle Midttun

    Panel (see above)

  • Sustainability: The way forward

  • Panel discussion with participation from the floor

  • Drinks, tapas, mingling