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Ethics, Responsibility, Sustainability

The mission and vision of Amsterdam Business School explicitly state that we want to foster independent minds that have an impact on international business and society. We take the societal aspect of this mission and vision very seriously through particular attention to ethics, responsibility and sustainability in research, education and outreach activities. Amsterdam Business School has been working on these issues since its inception.

Principles of Responsible Management Education

Topics such as corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability have traditionally had an important role in the Amsterdam Business School’s educational programmes, research endeavours, engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and every day operations. We are proud of the progress we have made in all these fronts. Ethics, responsibility and sustainability themes are fairly integrated in our teaching programmes, with several specialised courses available for deeper knowledge.

The large number of scholars focusing or interested in these topics makes Amsterdam a hub for relevant research talent. Furthermore, our business school engages in a range of partnerships in this area, with the aim to link to emerging technological developments such as big data. We have signed up to the Principles for Responsible Management Education, an initiative that aims to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. With regard to ethics, integrity and sustainability, our approach is embedded in the generic policies and procedures adopted at the level of the university, sometimes as part of national agreements.

Research on Ethics, Sustainability and Responsibility

Our research on ethics, sustainability and responsibility encompasses people, planet and profit. It covers environmental, social as well as economic aspects, and their governance. Topics of research include i.a. companies and climate/energy (innovation, emission trading), consumers and sustainability/CSR, green innovation and product development, ethical leadership and CSR communication, branding and advertising.

Most of our sections have researchers with an interest in these topics, but the sections Accounting, Leadership & Management and Strategy & International Business give them more structural attention.


Corporate responsibility has been an area of specific interest at Amsterdam Business School for several years, both as specific expertise of researchers who are also embedded in their disciplinary areas and, for others, as one of the topics of interest within a wider portfolio.

  • Examples of faculty members and PhD students who are active in areas related to ethics, responsibility and/or sustainability


Ethics, responsibility and sustainability are important elements of the programmes we offer. They are included in the exit qualifications of programmes. These topics are also encompassed in the research of many of the faculty teaching in our programmes. In addition to dedicated courses in some programmes, ethics, responsibility and sustainability are often integrated in other courses.


We are affiliated with several institutes regarding ethics, responsibility and sustainability. 

George Molenkamp Sustainability Thesis Award

The George Molenkamp Sustainability Thesis Award is a collaborative initiative between KPMG and Amsterdam Business School and has been awarded annually since 2017. The award is in honour of Dr George Molenkamp, a pioneer in business sustainability, and a professor at the University of Amsterdam. Besides this, he held many other positions of responsibility in society and business.