REBALANCE (“Rebalancing disruptive Business of multinAtional corporation and global value chAins within democratic and iNClusive citizenship processes”) is a Horizon Europe project funded within the framework of the call “Protecting and nurturing democracies” for the period 2022-2025.
The REBALANCE Kick-off Meeting will be held virtually on Friday October the 14th, 2022 (9.30-18.00 CET). The meeting speakers include Elisa Giuliani (University of Pisa), Julie Baleriaux (European Commission), Jarkko Siren (European Commission), Nadia Bernaz & Olena Uvarova (Wageningen University), Francesco Zirpoli (Venice University), Tim Bartley (Stockholm University), Andrew Crane (University of Bath), Johanna Mair (Hertie School Berlin), Francesco Rullani (Venice University), Simon Bond (University of Bath, SETsquared Innovation Director).
REBALANCE aims at studying whether and how companies, especially large companies including multinational companies, are able to influence democratic processes. Part of the project is aimed at understanding the mechanisms through which companies can undermine even the most advanced democracies such as those in Europe, influencing economic, energy and industrial policy decisions, but also contributing to the retrogression of the rights of the social communities that gravitate around them. At the same time, the project will study the emergence of new forms of business that are able to strengthen democratic principles and establish themselves as business models that are promoters of more democratic models in the business world. REBALANCE will focus on these pioneering experiences with the aim of giving policy indications. The project will also create a permanent observatory on these issues which, among its functions, also has that of becoming an incubator of social enterprises that bring democracy.
The REBALANCE consortium is coordinated by the University of Pisa (coordinator Elisa Giuliani) and composed by seven partners: the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, the University of Stockholm, the Hertie School of Berlin, the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv (Ukraine) and the NGO Source International.