Vasa T. Dunham


The disparate climate performances of Finland and the United States, two of the wealthiest countries in the world, bring to light the question of how corporate responsibility has been inspired in each jurisdiction. Having established the urgency of the climate crisis and the importance of corporate behavior in optimizing a given country’s approach to protection of the global environment, an examination of each nation’s legal frameworks may shed light on features of the corporate regime that are effective in advancing sustainability goals and those that are not.22 Part I of this paper establishes a comparative framework by providing background on sociopolitical forces that have shaped American and Finnish corporate law and the respective positioning of their business sectors within the current global landscape.23 Part II explores dynamics between each country and their business sectors in an effort to ascertain elements of each regime that have contributed to the present state of climate-related corporate governance in each jurisdiction.24 Finally, Part III speculates on the future of sustainability and corporate governance within the United States by analyzing key features highlighted in Part II, in lieu of recent global economic and regulatory developments.