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our mission and vision
The VU Center for Business & Society is devoted to interdisciplinary, collaborative and impactful research and be recognized as a global thought leader in research on sustainable business practices in and around organizations, markets and society at large. Our mission is to provide both the scholarly community as well as business organizations and leaders research-based knowledge to make meaningful contributions to a sustainable society, and mobilize our expertise and research to help us get there.

We have a broad and inclusive orientation on topics that include critical societal challenges with which contemporary business firms are confronted, such as climate change, inequality, human rights and environmental protection. We understand the label “Business & Society” as an umbrella term capturing the debate about the role of business in a sustainable
society, and how this relationship informs the treatment by businesses of the social, ecological and ethical challenges that society is facing.

We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for action and for the promotion of sustainable business models and responsible management practices. We also aspire to play a leading role in support of the mission of the VU’s School of Business & Economics to do Science with Purpose, and in doing so contribute to the overall research profile themes of our university Governance for Society and Science for Sustainability.

We believe that bringing together stakeholders from academia, business, government and civil society is the best way to conduct research for lasting social impact.
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