News and events

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Contribution to WTO negotiations

At the Environmental Goods Agreement’s (EGA) Outreach Session on Thursday 19.02.15 the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) presented their paper on goods that are both environmentally friendly and serve basic human needs in developing countries. See more info here.

Norway‘s contribution to the Outreach Session was a thorough presentation of a report commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called “Environmental Goods for Developing Countries”. The report was presented by its first author and NTNU researcher, Haley Knudson, and associate professor, John Eilif Hermansen. The presentation explained in detail the different criteria that were used to identify environmental goods that also served development purposes. Additionally, it gave the audience a small sample of goods that fulfill all their criteria. Some of those goods have already been nominated by Norway in past rounds of the EGA negotiations. The presentation was followed by a fruitful Q&A session and discussion over the content of the report.

 

New project within research-based innovation

The Norwegian Research Council has accepted the application for funding of the four-year competence project SISVI (Sustainable Innovation and Shared Value Creation in Norwegian Industry). The project will be in close collaboration with industry actors and the kick-off meeting was 28th of May 2014. See also the webpage sisvi.no

Grounded firmly in the concept of sustainability, SISVI aims to provide Norwegian industrial firms with four crucial building blocks they can use when developing their own unique competitive strategy. These are internationalization, innovation, interactions in networks, integration and implementation. Environmental and green aspects as drivers for innovation are emphasized. The purpose is to develop knowledge that strengthens the industry's long-term competitive capabilities in a way consistent with the concept of shared value. This means that value is created in a manner that meets both financial and societal needs where the latter typically encompasses environmental and social aspects.

An important part of the project is implementation and integration of knew knowledge. This will secure alignment between the needs of the industry actors and theoretical concepts. In this context concrete tools and standards for improved performance are emphasized as deliverables in the project. Guidelines and key performance indicators for shared value creation will be developed along with criteria for business simulations and roadmaps for corporate governance models.

Project manager is Professor Annik Magerholm Fet and work-package leaders are Professor Arild Aspelund, Professor Luitzen de Boer and Professor Alf Steinar Sætre. Sintef Raufoss Manufacturing AS is the research partner.

 

Seminar on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and green value creation

On Tuesday 14.January representatives from Polaris Media, Faveo Project Management and Sparebank 1 SMN  contributed with practical insight on how to anchor the research at NTNU to industry needs.

Frode Sandmark from Polaris Media emphasized the dilemma between beeing social and environmental responsible and beeing cost efficient and competitive. He also shared his views on how to include CSR criteria in procurement processes and for instance when selecting suppliers. A summary from the seminar can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seminar on business ethics and anti-corruption

The seminar was arranged on Friday 22.November by the student festival ISFiT 2015 in collaboration with Green Value Creation. The general topic was business ethics, and emphasis was put on anti-corruption in Norwegian industry. Nigel Iyer and Helge Kvamme gave their insights based on their extensive experience in the field.   

Adresseavisen covered the seminar. The seminar topic has also been commented on in media by Marius Jones, President  in ISFiT, and Rector of NTNU Gunnar Bovim , see here.

 

Seminar on UN Global Compact and implications for value creation

On Friday 11.Oktober HR Director Torild Bugge in Ulstein Group, shared experiences about UN Global Compact and opportunities and challenges when implementing such sustainability initiatives. The Vice President of ISFiT 2015 Susanne Sandell and master student Sebastian Løvdahl gave their reflections regarding the anti curruption principle in UN Global Compact.  

Representatives from Faveo Project Management and Sparebank 1 SMN participated at the seminar along with researchers and students from NTNU and SINTEF. Approximately 25 persons attended the event. A summary and slides from the seminar can be downloaded here.