Business and Society Program

BSP Logo Aligning Business with the Long-term Health of Society 

Established in 1998 and building on over 60 years of Aspen Institute programming, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program helps established and emerging business leaders put values at the heart of practice. Through dialogue, research, and outreach, Aspen BSP creates opportunities for executives and educators to explore new routes to business sustainability and values-based leadership. Visit the About Us page for more information.


Judy SamuelsonJudith Samuelson, Executive Director
Judy created the Business and Society Program, an independently supported program at the Aspen Institute, in 1998. Aspen BSP respects the power of business to shape the long-term health of society and works to align business decisions with the public good.

Click here to read Judy's blog at the Huffington Post and follow her on Twitter @JudySamuelson.


A Conversation on Corporate Purpose with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner

Featuring: Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn in conversation with Adam Lashinsky, Fortune at the Aspen Institute Making Purpose Work meeting on February 26-27, 2015.  The discussion focused on whether a for-profit company can be a force for good. “Trust equals consistency over time.”



BSP Calendar of Events2015 Calendar of Events
Take a closer look at the year ahead for the Business and Society Program. We are investing in public programs and private dialogues that put ethical, responsible and environmentally sound business decisions front and center in business education, business practice and public consciousness.



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Corporate Values Strategy Group: What We're Reading - March 2015

In this edition, we interrupt our usual "What We're Reading" format, to share new material on corporate purpose. Why? Because on February 26-27, we convened 90 business leaders and innovators at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco to mine for specifics on how a company's purpose can drive long-term value creation. We share highlights, including video of LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner discussing how and why purpose is woven into every aspect of the company.


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