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Aligning Business with the Long-term Health of Society 

The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, founded in 1998, works with business executives and scholars to align business decisions and investments with the long-term health of society—and the planet. Through carefully designed networks, working groups and focused dialogue, the Program identifies and inspires thought leaders and “intrapreneurs” to challenge conventional ideas about capitalism and markets, to test new measures of business success and to connect classroom theory and business practice. The Business and Society Program is most known for the First Movers Fellowship, for dialogue on curbing short-termism in business and capital markets, and for fresh thinking about the Purpose of the corporation. 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.


5 Ways to Move Your Organization to Next-Stage Sustainability

Part of Voices, a periodic series reflecting the expertise of the Aspen Business & Society Leaders Forum. In this inaugural post, we share insights from top sustainability strategists who are helping their companies move beyond incremental change — to addressing global social and environmental issues at a systems level.  Click the link/photo above to read more. 



BSP Calendar of Events2016 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.



See what's new at Aspen BSP!

Read our latest Newsletter for recent ideas and events from the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. Highlights include the Aspen MBA Case Competition event, a call for nominations for the annual Faculty Pioneer Awards, a video of The Economist's debate on activist investors and more. Enjoy!


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