Initiatives and Projects

Max Havelaar Lecture

Poverty alleviation constitutes a multi-faceted problem. It is on the one hand extremely local and leads to enormous deprivation of at least half of the world’s population. But on the other hand, it is an extremely international problem as well through the operation of global markets – in particular of resources – and the functioning of value chains. It has increasingly become acknowledged that the role of corporations and the private sector is vital for sustainable solutions to poverty.

The Max Havelaar lecture stimulates the thinking on poverty issues in a balanced manner, without making use of the usual simplifications either in support or against the involvement of firms in development. The Max Havelaar Foundation is proof of this approach: it is aiming at a continuous improvement in its strategy towards labelling products – increasingly in a variety of partnerships with NGOs, corporations and governments.

RSM Sustainability Forum 

Each year a current trend drives the creation of a theme and a focus for specific learning sessions. You are always welcome to contact sustainable RSM with your suggestions, ideas, and time to co-develop the upcoming themed educational program.

The RSM Sustainability Forum 2016  theme, 'The Social Face of Sustainability', attracted around 200 executives and students to the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Rotterdam Science Tower, and took a closer look at the social aspect of sustainable business, one of the three factors that define sustainability. Participants explored what constitutes the social face of sustainable business and the business case for endorsing it during presentations led by practitioners from a variety of international organisations including Samsung, Enviu, Except, ABN AMRO, Ahold, EY (Ernst & Young), Delta Lloyd and Robeco.

KPMG-RSM Sustainability Master Thesis Award

The annual KPMG-RSM Sustainability Master Thesis Award aims to honour work which combines academic excellence and business relevance in the subject of sustainability management. To qualify, thesis subjects must be related to social and ecological sustainability and have achieved a mark of at least 8.5 during the thesis defense. Theses from the past academic year are reviewed. A final shortlist presents five theses, chosen according to their academic excellence, socio-environmental impact, business relevance, and originality. The winner is picked by a select jury of external leaders working in the field of corporate sustainability.

RSM Sustainability Career Panel

The RSM Sustainability Career Panel has become a favorite annual event. It is designed as a conversation between students and sustainability graduates about career paths, experiences, and best practices on the job hunt. Tips and suggestions for what to consider and how to proceed to a position in social or environmental sustainability are discussed. Panel members are helpful alumni who speak from direct experience and help future graduates consider key preparation and elements for careers in the field of sustainability. 

LDE Centre for Sustainability

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) Centre for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary collaboration of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It was founded as one of eight joint centres as part of the Strategic Alliance between the three universities. Collaboration in the Centre for Sustainability leverages the complementary strengths of the three universities in the fields of governance, technology and business. The objective of the Centre for Sustainability is to build a triple helix consortium in partnership with companies, governments and universities.