At Nyenrode, we understand stewardship as “feeling responsible for promoting the long-term sustainable interests for people, the environment and society”. This understanding is based on acknowledging the interdependence of organizations with the societal and ecological contexts in which they operate.
Strong organizations thrive because of reciprocal relationship with all stakeholders. Stewardship is relevant in any context because leaders and professionals create positive and negative consequences for others. Stewardship emphasizes the notion of feeling responsible for these consequences and acting upon this sense of responsibility to contribute to a viable future. Therefore, stewardship adds meaning and purpose to one’s working life.