Thursday | 26 Nov 2020
CEPS Project

Sustainability in the Age of Platforms

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Over the past few decades, new digital platforms such as China’s Alibaba, Japan’s Rakuten and the U.S.’s eBay have grown from startups into multinational giants. With a few clicks of the keyboard, these online marketplaces bring together a seller and a buyer from anywhere in the globe.
This study examines the transformative impact of online marketplaces on economic, social and environmental sustainability. It finds great opportunities. Platforms promote growth, break down barriers of distance and leap over rigid class structures, bringing marginalized outsiders into the mainstream. The study also identifies dangers stemming from the growth of e-commerce, from the reduction of labor protection to an explosion of shipping waste.
What are the responsibilities of platforms? How can they promote sustainability? Policymakers are asking these questions, but struggling to find the correct balance between the opportunities against the dangers. Until now, these questions have received little attention from scholars. This study fills a much-needed void by providing some initial answers and recommendations for improvement.

Antonella Zarra

Sara Baiocco

Researcher

+32 (0)2 229 39 35

Zachary Kilhoffer

Researcher

+32 (0)2 229 39 63

William Echikson

Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of Digital Forum

+32 (0)2 229 39 52

Felice Simonelli

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Policy Evaluation and Head of Project Development

+32 (0)2 229 39 23
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Conference is over

Sustainability in the Age of Platforms

Global Governance, Sustainable Development and Smart Cities

When
Tuesday
Where
CEPS
Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.