On 25 March 2020, the EESC and Arizmendiarrieta Foundation are hosting a half-day conference "Towards a new European company model for the 21st century" in Brussels (EESC premises, room VMA3) with a debate focusing on the role of businesses in today's society.
At a time when markets are not working as well as they should, inequalities are rising and the environment is suffering, companies can play a crucial role and change the rules of the game. They can do so by putting people and the planet at the core of their model – that is by going back to the humanistic roots of Europe's culture.
As job creators and providers of goods and services, businesses represent the ideal driver for new economic models that meet social and environmental criteria, by promoting transformative initiatives in the area of self-regulation and co-responsibility. They can thus be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015.
This conference will take a broader look at the role of businesses in society, focusing on new company models based on an inclusive and participatory approach.
The conference is cancelled.