Nyenrode Business Universiteit regards the shaping of responsible students, managers and professionals as our duty towards society. Additionally, in our daily operations we prioritize corporate social responsibility. Nyenrode supports a variety of sustainability initiatives and is affiliated with a number of certifying agencies in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Based on new insights sprouting from these initiatives – as well as relative research – we develop programs for improvement, cementing our continued commitment to sustainable business management.
Below you find some of the ways in which Nyenrode promotes Corporate Social Responsibility.
Nyenrode is a member of the UN PRME (United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education), thus underscoring the principles the UN have set for responsible management education. These principles largely overlap our core values Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Stewardship.
EcoVadis "envision[s] a world where businesses are measured and rewarded as much by their sustainability as by financial or other measures, have a transparent view of [their] impact around the globe, and are enriching their communities, growing ethically, without causing any undue harm." This leading international organization that gives out CSR ratings has ranked Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the category 'Silver'.
FIRA Sustainability Ltd provides an online platform on which organizations can demonstrate their performance in CSR to their customers and other stakeholders. Nyenrode operates on this platform, and our university itself has achieved FIRA's bronze level, awarding our commitment to sustainability. Bronze level entails that we are able to immediately showcase our sustainability achievements – from certificates to external audits and best practices – and that we are transparent about our plans for the future.
The annual Henk van Luijk Lecture is an initiative from the Dutch Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Association (MVO Nederland), Nyenrode Business Universiteit, and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) to boost the subject of corporate ethics. The lecture was first held in 2010 in memory of the late Henk van Luijk, the patriarch of Dutch corporate ethics. The lecture is meant for relations of the organizing parties and others interested in the subject of business ethics.