Business and Society Program
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 known for cultivating leaders through the First Movers Fellowship Program, for dialogue on curbing short-termism in business and capital markets, and for fresh thinking about the purpose of the corporation. We also work to equip a new generation of leaders to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through Ideas Worth Teaching and the Ideas Worth Teaching Awards.