“Climate change will determine the success or failure of both the current generation of leaders and the next. It requires an adjustment to a world that, at best, will stop irreversibly deteriorating, but will not go back to ‘normal’ as it was a century ago.”
According to Prof. Dr. Jan Bots, it's only a matter of time before big data and digitization become an integral part of the controlling profession. He delivered his retirement speech on Thursday August 29, 2019.
On March 29, 2019, Prof Dr Henk Langendijk said goodbye as a professor at Nyenrode Business University. In Nyenrode’s Pfizer room, he delivered his farewell speech titled: ‘The (un)true and fair view of the annual financial statements and the position of the auditor.’ His most important advice is to have auditors appointed and paid by umbrella organizations in order to create more impartiality.
On December 11, 2018 EFMD awarded Nyenrode an extension of its EQUIS accreditation for three years. The EFMD praises Nyenrode’s ‘excellent corporate connections’ and strong alumni network. They commend the university ‘for being committed to ethics, responsibility and sustainability’.
Capitalism and market forces have brought us great prosperity and progress. However, our current corporate governance system has compromised the stability and future of our society, explains Prof. Dr. Leen Paape in his speech. Our economy should not just be about profit and shareholder value, but about creating sustainable value, for everyone. According to Paape, it's time to broaden our view and redefine corporate governance. He calls upon society to relinquish the dominant logic and introduce system thinking, to define the long term and look for ways to allow companies to further take their place in society and strive for sustainable value creation.