VU Center for Business & Society

Aims and scope

The VU Center for Business & Society aspires to advance research on the role of business in society, driven by the broader question of how businesses are managed, led and organized in order to ensure social and ecological sustainability and contribute to the greater good.

In light of pressing societal grand challenges that require business firms large and small to develop responses that contribute to solving the world´s most pressing challenges such as climate change, inequality, and access to healthcare and education, the VU Center for Business & Society intends to be recognized globally as a leading knowledge hub for research that makes a notable impact to our understanding of the role of business in society.

Our vision and mission

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 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. 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.