ABN AMRO helps create first Chair of Social Entrepreneurship

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Utrecht University

Professor Harry Hummels has been appointed Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the Utrecht University School of Economics, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, as from 1 May 2016. This is the first chair in the field of Social Entrepreneurship in Utrecht as well as in the Netherlands. Professor Hummels will be involved in new research on international innovation in the value chain, starting with the value chain of cocoa. This chair was made possible in part by ABN AMRO and Tony’s Chocolonely.

Social enterprises focus primarily on their company’s social mission; making a profit is of secondary importance. These enterprises can be found in all industries and create great social value for people and the environment.

Eric Buckens, Director of ABN AMRO Social Impact Fund: ‘Social entrepreneurs have a large impact on society, and ABN AMRO seeks to help them. Some of the ways we are already doing this is by offering our own expertise by financing projects, providing financial advice, coaching through the ABN AMRO Foundation and making investments with the ABN AMRO Social Impact Fund. We also firmly believe in developing and sharing independent knowledge of the market for social enterprise. We expect this chair to make an important contribution to these efforts.’

The press release issued by Utrecht University is available here (in Dutch only) :


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