The WRR addresses the theme of business and society

The WRR has added the project ‘Business and Society’ to its work programme. A good relationship between business and society is vital for both sides, but it cannot be taken for granted. With this project the WRR aims to contribute to the debate on ways to future-proof this relationship. We will be investigating the contribution of Dutch business to society. What can Dutch society expect from companies? And what are companies willing and able to do themselves to contribute to society?

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Business is an essential part of society. Companies supply products and services to meet society’s needs and contribute to economic development and employment. But they may also pose a risk to society, for example if their products harm public health or if they use unsustainable production methods, maintain poor working conditions or avoid paying taxes. How can businesses flourish while making the best possible contribution to Dutch society? That is the central question in the WRR’s Business and Society project.

The WRR work programme

The Council of the WRR decides which subjects to place on its agenda. These are always cross-domain or cross-sector issues with a long-term horizon. To ensure a high-quality work programme, the WRR regularly consults government officials, policymakers, politicians, academics and civil society. We also receive advice requests from the government. The decision to place a topic on the agenda is preceded by extensive internal discussions.

In its research projects the WRR regularly collaborates with universities, other advisory councils, and policymakers. By drawing on available knowledge and maintaining an extensive dialogue with civil society actors, the WRR bridges the gap between science and policy. That means its studies and recommendations are not only firmly rooted in scientific knowledge but also geared to the needs of society.