Summit: discover how business can be force for positive change

What is the role of business in tackling wicked problems such as inequality, poverty, and climate change? Should companies investigate societal and ecological returns on investments just as they’ve done with financial models? Business professionals, students, academics and alumni will explore these issues with top speakers at the RSM Leadership Summit in October, organised by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Research has shown that making a positive impact can enhance a company’s reputation, customer and employee loyalty, and a growing customer base. The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be a useful support of the direction companies and business plans could take to benefit people and the planet while staying profitable at the same time.

Confirmed speakers

At the RSM Leadership Summit, which takes place at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam on Friday 6 October, participants will explore how business can be a force for positive change, and become inspired by visionary leaders and academics including: Feike Sijbesma (CEO, Royal DSM), Corien Wortmann-Kool (chairman of the board, ABP Pensionfund) Prof. Hans van Oosterhout (RSM), and Korstiaan Zandvliet (founder, Symbid).

The Summit also offers round-table discussions, led by business professionals and faculty members, in which attendees will also meet and share experiences with fellow corporates, alumni, students and academics in a highly interactive setting.

This year’s RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients will be announced as part of the Summit’s programme. And the RSM Leadership is also the kick off of the MBA Alumni Reunion.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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