Conferenza / Incontro

Sustainable development and supply chain governance

A new framework for the EU
30 marzo 2023
31 marzo 2023
Orario di inizio 
Conference Room-Economics and Management Dep. and Room B-Faculty of Law
Ingresso libero con prenotazione
Online su prenotazione
Scadenza prenotazioni: 
29 marzo 2023, 12:00
Prof.ssa Paola Iamiceli-Dott. Federico Pistelli


The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, industry, and policymakers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the forthcoming European legislative framework to regulate sustainable supply chains. The prominence assigned to sustainable development goals (SDGs) in guiding the EU action plan has become a source for new obligations for Member States (proposal for Regulation on prohibiting products made with forced labour on the Union market) and corporate social responsibility. The latter are called upon to new development and disclosure requirements on their social and environmental impact (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive Proposal) and due diligence throughout the supply chain (Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive Proposal). These initiatives follow the trail outlined in the global context to assign the private sector a key role in fostering the sustainable transition (e.g., UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN 2021 Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, OECD 2011 Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and OECD 2011 Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals from Conflicted-Affected and High-Risk Areas). The new framework aims at enhancing the control that companies must exercise along global value chain (GVC) though contractual governance instruments, such as the adoption of good practices in negotiating with contractors, procurement policies, sustainability clauses, sustainable finance products, monitoring compliance, sanctions, and remedies. The new architecture of sustainable corporate governance thus proposes a combination of public and private enforcement, which EU law has experimented with substantial success in other relevant areas, such as antitrust, unfair commercial practices and regulated markets. In particular, the system of private remedies for breaching sustainability clauses is shaped as a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques, such as financial and non-financial compensation, reinstatement, public apology, restitution, rehabilitation, or contribution to the investigation. In light of the forthcoming approval of the proposals, the contractual instruments to be adopted ex ante by companies to monitor the global value chain and the corresponding responsibilities ex post require further investigation. To this end, the conference will aim at representing a forum for an open discussion on the emerging EU framework on GVC governance within the global context and on the possible contractual tools that might foster the sustainable transition along value chains.


Thursday 30 March 2023,  h.14.00-19.00 (Conference Room - Economics and Management Department)

Sustainable development, due diligence, and the impact on GVC governance: the emergence of an EU framework

h. 14.00 - 14.15 Introductory remarks: Paola Iamiceli (University of Trento);

h. 14.15 - 15.00 Keynote speeches

  • Anna Cavazzini (European Parliament) - Pre-recorded video
  • Rolf Skog (University of Göteborg) - The EU COM Proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive
  • Michelle Breslauer (UN Global Compact) - The Role of International Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability

h. 15.00 - 15.40 The global value chain approach

  • Florence Palpacuer (Université de Montpellier) - CSR beyond the corporation: contested governance in global value chains
  • Kish Parella (Washington and Lee University) - International Law in the Boardroom

h. 15.40 - 16.00 Q & A Session

h. 16.00 - 16.15 Break

h. 16.15 - 17.30 The national experiences

Chair: Giuseppe Nesi (University of Trento)

  • Sandrine Clavel (Paris Saclay) - The devoir de vigilance des entreprises in the French perspective
  • Anna Beckers (University of Maastricht) - The Sorgfaltspflichten von Unternehmen in the German perspective
  • Charlotte Villiers (University of Bristol Law School) -Due diligence obligations in global value chains: the divergence between EU and UK

h. 17.30 - 18.00 Q & A Session

h. 18.00 - 19.00 Round table discussion on sustainable development, due diligence and the impact on GVC governance in the global context

Chair: Giulio Fazio (Enel spa)

  • Arianna Rossi (ILO)
  • Marcello Bianchi (Assonime)
  • Elena Sychenko (Visiting Professor at Trento University) 
  • Virginia Lombardo (Hitachi Energy)
  • Nino Cusimano (Nexans)

Friday 31 March 2023, h.9.15-12.30   14.00-16.00 (Room B-Faculty of Law)

Supply chains and sustainable transition: in search of new private law tools

h. 9.15 - 10.30 Private law tools to foster the sustainable transition and decarbonization

Chair: Sandrine Clavel (Paris Saclay)

  • Alessandro Romano, Vittoria Battocletti (Bocconi University) - Carbon offsets
  • Giuseppe Bellantuono (University of Trento) - Decarbonizing global chains with private regulatory law
  • David Alfrey (Clifford Chance) - The impact of Co2 programs on the supply chain

h. 10.30 - 11.00 Q & A Session

h. 11.00 - 11.15 Break

h. 11.15 - 12.30 Roundtable on cross-sectoral sustainability and contractual governance

Chair: Fabrizio Cafaggi (Italian Council of State, former EUI, SNA and University of Trento)

  • Isabella Alessio (Enel spa)
  • Sandra Hanni (ICC)
  • Samantha Zanni (Ferrero)
  • Giorgio Martellino (Avio spa)

h. 12.30 - 14.00 Lunch Break

h. 14.00 - 15.00 Private regulatory law to govern the sustainable development

Chair: Stefano Troiano (University of Verona)

  • Vibe Ulfbeck (University of Copenhagen) - The interplay between contract and tort law in governing a sustainable supply chain
  • Federico Pistelli (University of Trento) - The privity of contract rule and the supply chain governance
  • David Snyder (American University, Washington College of Law) - Contracts as an Instrument of International Management and Governance

h. 15.00 - 15.30 Q & A Session

h. 15.30 - 16.00 Conclusive remarks: Fabrizio Cafaggi (Italian Council of State, former EUI, SNA and University of Trento)

The following experts will take part in the Q&A sessions: Pietro Vernuccio (Enel), Beatrice Toniolo (Enel), Francesca Cirella (Avio spa)

Scientific Committee:

Paola Iamiceli, University of Trento
Federico Pistelli, University of Trento