Power and Inequality in the South African wine value chain- Prof. Stefano Ponte

Global inequalities are growing and have become widely recognized as major challenges to contemporary capitalism. The globalization of production has been a main driver of inequality, yielding new winners and losers within and across nations. Yet, policy and advocacy interventions to tackle inequality have so far operated with limited knowledge of power dynamics in value chains, and indeed have had limited success.


Achieving Wind Energy Democracy for SDGs in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

How can we develop partnerships for energy democracy? New work by Jacobo Ramirez (2020) in Journal International Business Policy (JIBP) provides a public policy framework for the governance of energy democracy toward meeting the SDGs. This video succinctly describes the impact and importance of the work.

Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-020-00077-3

CBDS Annual Lecture 2020

The lecture webinar is introduced by the CBDS Centre Director Stefano Ponte, followed by the follwing presentations:  by (1) "Business, Modern Slavery and Freedom" by Andrew Crane (University of Bath); (2) "Empowering the Third Billion: Global Markets, Local Enterprise and the Promise of Inclusion" by Dinah Rajak (University of Sussex); and (3) "Business and Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives" by Michael Wendelboe Hansen and Peter Lund-Thomsen (both CBS). The presentations last 40 minutes each, including discussion. The three presentations are followed by a broader discussion on the future research agenda of CBDS.

Business, Power and Sustainability - Prof. Stefano Ponte in the Theories of Regulation & Governance webinar series

Managing sustainability concerns is big business. Yet, climate change, rampant deforestation and loss of biodiversity suggest that corporations are not doing nearly enough to address global sustainability challenges. Global buyers are finding new ways to extract environmental value from their suppliers, while having little actual impact on sustainability. Current regulatory instruments are falling short and multi-stakeholder initiatives, social movements and activism still have a long way to go. Drawing from his recent book ‘Business, Power and Sustainability’ (Zed Books, 2019), Stefano Ponte suggests new ways of addressing the challenges of regulation and governance in the realm of sustainability.

Webinar: Competition, Inequality and B-BBEE - Lessons from quota allocations in industrial fisheries

Jointly organized by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at University of Johannesburg and CBDS, this webinar examines the interactions between industrial fishery quota allocations by the government, black economic empowerment policy and transformation, and competition dynamics to assess the potential and limitations of regulatory and market approaches in addressing inequality in South Africa. It is embedded in a wider collaboration between CBDS and CCRED and based on a Working Paper that has been jointly developed by Thando Vilakazi, director of CCRED and Stefano Ponte, director of CBDS.

GLOBE Webinar: Stefano Ponte - Business, Power and Sustainability

On 30 April 2020, Stefano Ponte joined the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss his new book "Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains" (2019, Zed Books). Dr. Axel Marx (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven) served as discussant, before Prof. Ponte responded to questions from the audience.

About the book: The interaction of sustainability governance and global value chains has crucial implications the world over. When it comes to sustainability the last decade has witnessed the birth of hybrid forms of governance where business, civil society and public actors interact at different levels, leading to a focus on concepts of legitimacy within multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs).

NEPSUS project video series 

This video series by the NEPSUS project, a project involving researchers from CBDS, the University of Dar es Salaam and other universities in Denmark and abroad, gives insight into the method and findings of the collaborative research. Based in Tanzania, the Nepsus project seeks to explain the formation of complex partnerships in natural resource management and establish whether and how they lead to better and more equitable sustainability outcomes in comparison to simpler forms of partnerships. 

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#1: The Governance of Wildlife Resources in Southern Tanzania

#2: The Governance of Forest Resources in Southern Tanzania

#3: The Governance of Coastal Resources in Southern Tanzania

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Samfund og kultur

Forbrugere har nærmest uendelige muligheder for at købe økologisk, fairtrade og lokalt producerede varer. Med dét følger idéen om, at det er forbrugeren, der har ansvar for at handle bæredygtigt og stemme med sin pengepung. Men kan vi løse klimakrisen med bæredygtigt forbrug? Det undersøger Veronika, Mads og Joachim i dette afsnit.

Værter: Veronika Ahrensbøll Schultz, Joachim Peter Tilsted og Mads Falkenfleth Jensen.
Medvirkende: Stefano Ponte.

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