Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles

Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles by Mark B. Taylor and Maja van der Velden Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6526; Doi 10.3390/su11226526 - 19 Nov 2019

14 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2020

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Mark B. Taylor

Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research

Maja van der Velden

University of Oslo

Date Written: November 19, 2019

Abstract

International policy and law have long sought to ensure that states regulate the negative impacts of production processes on people and the planet. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 targets sustainable production and consumption; international conventions, such as the Basel Convention, or the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the International Labour Organisation Conventions, all seek to regulate toxic or labour-related impacts associated with industrial production. However, there is ample evidence that such impacts continue. At a time of increasing pressure to develop sustainable systems of production and consumption, we asked whether the existing legal frameworks are appropriate to the task of regulating for sustainability in consumer products. Drawing on research conducted into sustainability in the mobile phone lifecycle, this paper examines the regulatory ecology of hotspots of unsustainability in the product lifecycle of electronics. This paper finds that the interaction of regulatory disjunctures, business models, design of technology, and marginalisation combine to ensure that our systems of production and consumption are predisposed to resist regulation aimed at sustainability. (This article belongs to the Special Issue Corporate Sustainability Reforms: Securing Market Actors’ Contribution to Global Sustainability)

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Mark B. and van der Velden, Maja, Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles (November 19, 2019). Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles by Mark B. Taylor and Maja van der Velden Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6526; Doi 10.3390/su11226526 - 19 Nov 2019 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3602559

Mark B. Taylor (Contact Author)

Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research ( email )

Oslo
Norway

Maja Van der Velden

University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavs plass
Oslo, N-0317
Norway

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