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.
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?