ConPolicy Newsletter 2018 - 3

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  News about ConPolicy

New project on digitalization and sustainable consumption

Digitalization fundamentally transforms consumption and production patterns. So far, it is unclear what effects, or what opportunities and risks, digitalization will bring with it in order to promote sustainable consumption.

This project aims to systematically explore the implications of digitalization for a sustainable consumption policy and to implement practical examples of promoting sustainable consumption. For this purpose, the current state of research and the central social determinants of digitalization, which are also relevant starting points for the promotion of sustainable consumption, will be reviewed. In a workshop series, innovative ideas will be conceptually developed and implemented in collaboration with various stakeholders from civil society and practice. Finally, recommendations for further development of the National Program for Sustainable Consumption will be developed taking into account key digital trends.

ConPolicy works on this project in collaboration with the Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IÖW), Dr. Gerd Scholl and Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius (TU Berlin).

Further information about the project can be found here.

Presentation at the CSR-Reporting Conference
What is Corporate Digital Responsibility – and why does it affect every company?

Requirements, trends and new perspectives of sustainability reporting were discussed at the “CSR-Reporting” conference. In a deep-dive workshop ConPolicy project manager Dr. Sara Elisa Kettner presented insights on Corporate Digital Responsibility and together with Mi-Ra Tai (Deutsche Bahn) and Dr. Christian Lautermann (ioew) discussed the opportunities of digital responsibility for companies.

  Consumer policy news

Consumer protection
Consumers often face unclear information on prices and discounts when shopping online

The European Commission and national consumer protection authorities published results from an EU-wide screening of 560 e-commerce websites for goods,… Read more

Digital Single Market
New transparency rules for more fairness in online platforms

Today, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission agreed on new rules for online platforms. As part of the… Read more

Consumer protection
Against ping calls: Prices for calls abroad have to be announced

Today, the German Federal Network Agency stipulated that charges for calls to 56 international area codes have to be announced in the mobile network… Read more

Digital Single Market
Commission promotes exchange of electronic health files within EU

The Commission adopted recommendations for the Member States on cross-border exchanges of electronic health records (EHRs) today to ensure a secure… Read more

  Recommended reading

Grzymek, V. & M. Puntschuh
What Europe knows and thinks about algorithms – Results from a representative population survey

Algorithms determine the advertising we see, make decisions regarding loan grants and university admissions, and suggest suitable partners for us on… Read more

Consumer trends report 2018/19

The Founding Regulation of the European Banking Authority (EBA) requires it to collect, analyse and report on consumer trends, which the EBA does in… Read more

Consumer IoT – Trust by design guidelines 2019

Consumer applications in the Internet of Things can bring many benefits to people around the world such as greater convenience, more streamlined… Read more

Kleis, J.
The European Consumer Organisation: Pioneer in advocacy and lobbying

Since 1962, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has been part of the EU’s – and its predecessors’ – legislative scene. BEUC has both been an… Read more

Bortnikov, S.
Robots liability or liability for products?

The article studies the relationship of liability arising during production, acquisition and use of robots and software. It is necessary to create the… Read more

Nicolini, G.
Financial literacy in Europe: Assessment methodologies and evidence from European countries

Are people ready to take pivotal financial decisions like choosing a mortgage, saving for retirement, or investing their savings? How does the degree… Read more

Sunstein, C. & L. Reisch
Trusting nudges – Toward a bill of rights for nudging

Many "nudges" aim to make life simpler, safer, or easier for people to navigate, but what do members of the public really think about these policies?… Read more