1 March 2018

Inaugural lecture Harry Hummels: The UN must add an 18th sustainability goal

Prof. dr. Harry Hummels

In his inaugural lecture, Prof. Dr. Harry Hummels argues for the use of an 18th sustainability goal when assessing whether a company is really social.

With his inaugural lecture, Hummels accepts the office of Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University. The chair is the first in the field of Social Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands and has been made possible by a foundation that receives financial contributions from, among others, Tony's Chocolonely, ANB AMRO and Van Doorne.

Basic needs of our society

The United Nations has for a number of years honored 17 'sustainable development goals' (17 goals to transform our world) accepted and placed the basic needs of our society prominently on the agenda. This includes, for example, an end to hunger, an end to poverty and the protection of life on land and in the oceans. Taloze companies and institutions have meanwhile committed themselves to the implementation of these objectives. But is this list complete? In his inaugural lecture, Harry Hummels argues for the use of an 18th sustainability goal when assessing whether a company is really social: strengthen the skills of people and their communities to contribute effectively to (the decision making about) the policy and activities aimed at promoting a sustainable society and a life in human dignity.

The inaugural lecture can be read here (as pdf).