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Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Former Dutch Prime Minister a guest lecturer at UP

By Sonja van der Waldt

Posted on 02 March 2012

Front row: HE Ambassador Andrč Haspels, Embassy of the Royal Netherlands , Mr Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands  and Prof Niek Schoeman, Acting Dean of the Faculty. Back row: Prof Karel Stanz, Mr Erik Litver of the Netherlands Embassy, Dr Johan Vogel, Prof Yvonne du Plessis, Prof Giel Nieman and Prof B Stobie.
Front row: HE Ambassador Andrč Haspels, Embassy of the Royal Netherlands , Mr Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Prof Niek Schoeman, Acting Dean of the Faculty. Back row: Prof Karel Stanz, Mr Erik Litver of the Netherlands Embassy, Dr Johan Vogel, Prof Yvonne du Plessis, Prof Giel Nieman and Prof B Stobie.

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences hosted a guest lecture by the former Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende.

After leading the Netherlands government for over eight years, he is now a professor of governance, institutions and internationalisation at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a partner at Ernst & Young, where he focuses on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and public-private partnerships.

The content of his lecture focused on CSR policy, the economic crisis in Europe and public-private partnerships. During his lecture, he addressed the following issues that are relevant for both South Africa and the Netherlands:
 
The Eurocrisis: how it can be turned into an opportunity for sustainable growth.
 
Corporate social responsibility: a sustainable and responsible private sector is the key to a more solid growth model.
 
Innovation and public-private partnerships: how can these new alliances contribute to a more sustainable growth model?


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