New social and environmental obligations are now imposed on transnational companies. They are responsible for the concrete implementation of these obligations and are developing a set of practices to measure, prevent and remedy their environmental impact. These "corporate transition policies" are at the frontier of law, management and natural sciences (mapping, indicators, thresholds), thus constitutive of a new co-produced scientific-normative space. A qualitative Science & Technology analysis on the basis of corporate documents and other collective practices is useful in order to describe this "corporate assemblages", especially using Jasanoff's four-tiered analysis. It is thus possible to "problematise" corporate objects as corporate assemblages. The next steps of the analysis would nevertheless require other methodological approaches to "assess reflexively" these assemblages regarding a "rhizomatic ecological reality", mobilising the concept of connectivity.
At this stage of the analysis, for a lawyer, the question is :
How to elaborate a "guideline of co-construction" in order to help a. the company and the regulators, such as judges, administrators, local authorities, but also the b. local populations to evaluate the environmental sciences at stakes (Social and environmental licence), and c. the scientists to understand the co-construction of the transition regulations.
To answer, we elaborate a new methodology ("Green box") based on case studies, as a new method of inquiry.
About the speaker:
Luca Tenreira is a Law researcher (LLM) at the European University Institute (Law Department) and Ecole Normale Supérieure (Law, Economics and Management Department). He is also a Research fellow at the Innovation Chair of the Institut Universitaire de France working on 'The effectiveness of ecological transition through Law'.
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