Inclusive prosperity conference explores responsible finance

Participants from business, civil society, government and academia joined the The Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Conference, which took place in Rotterdam in November 2018, and was co-organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and an initiative team of researchers from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), Erasmus School of Law (ESL) and Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil).

At the two-day conference, academic work and the research mission for the Erasmus Initiative was shared with partners in society. The approximately 200 participants enjoyed an open atmosphere during the variety of sessions. The first conference day took place at Hilton Rotterdam, and the second day was on RSM’s campus.

Erasmus University rector magnificus Prof. Rutger Engels and WEF president Børge Brende gave welcoming speeches. High representatives of WEF, Philips, UN Global Compact and Natixis, as well as several academia, sat in a panel. Then, four breakout sessions explored topics covering long-term leadership and the role of the financial sector in fostering long-term management in the business sector.

On the second conference day, a densely packed programme provided the participants with academic presentations under the parallel themes ‘regulating responsibility’ and ‘responsible finance’.

Erasmus Initiative ‘Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity’

The Erasmus Initiative on Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity comprises scholars from ESL, RSM and ESPhil. Its purpose is to advance the multi-disciplinary agenda and offer research-led insights and solutions through action research, education and outreach activities. In doing so, it aspires to become an internationally known centre of expertise, to claim opinion leadership, and to contribute scientifically to the cause of furthering inclusive prosperity around the world.

The event was co-organised by the Initiative team and the World Economic Forum (WEF) and supported by Philips and the Erasmus Trust Fund.

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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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