The Academy of
Business in Society

During 20+ years of experience, ABIS has had over 100 members spread across the 5 continents

ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society is a global network of companies and academic institutions whose expertise, commitment and resources are leveraged to invest in a more sustainable future for business in society.

The ABIS secretariat supports its Partners and Members by providing access to the network's expertise, commitment and resources. ABIS leverages these in collaborative projects and events that empower change and deliver impact.

Our Story

ABIS (formerly known as EABIS) was founded in 2001 and launched at INSEAD in 2002 with the support of the leading Business Schools in Europe (INSEAD, IMD, London, ESADE, IESE, Copenhagen, Warwick, Vlerick, Ashridge, Cranfield, Bocconi) in partnership with IBM, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and Shell.

The Academy of Business in Society

This initiative was driven by a shared belief that challenges linked to globalization and sustainable development required new management skills, mindsets & capabilities.

In order to respond to this need and to support research to underpin better education and learning, ABIS developed a stronger role in the arena.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance the role of business in society through research and education. Our ambition is to make a significant contribution to the debate and the practice involved in equipping current and future business leaders with the knowledge, skills and capabilities for the long-term success of business in society.

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Our 3 main values



we are considerate of others and committed to high standards of quality, blending human touch and professionalism.



We dare to speak up even when it's difficult, to imagine and experiment with creative solutions that make a difference.



Being open, honest, transparent and building confidence in others is a key factor in our interactions.


Baback Yazdani
Executive Dean

Nottingham Trent Business School

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Members of the Board

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Manuela Brusoni
Associate Professor and Director of Quality Accreditation and Benchmarking

SDA Bocconi

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Joan Fontrodona
Professor and Director

Business Ethics Department, IESE

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Chris Fuggle
Global Head of Sustainability


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Marian Garcia
Professor and Dean

Kent Business School

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Lisa Gring-Pemble
Associate Professor and Executive Director

Business for a Better World Center
George Mason University

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Adrie Heinsbroek
Chief Sustainability Officer

NN Investment Partners

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Joanna Radeke
Executive Director

FUTURE Institute for Sustainable Transformation, ESMT Berlin

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Boleslaw Rok
Professor and Director

Positive Entrepreneurship Research Lab Kozminski University

Our network

As one of the few existing business–academic networks, we nurture a unique experience and contribution to a more sustainable world. We trust that research and business have a role to play and we support and cross-pollinate joint efforts between academia and business.

We care about our network priorities and needs

Our network is big enough to always have new knowledge and ideas flowing, but also small enough to build strong and unusual bonds and create intimate spaces for brave discussions.

We care about our network priorities and needs. We encourage our members to openly share their progress, challenges and dilemmas to learn and further improve. This creates an inclusive community and environment where individuals feel safe to share and value each other's insights and experiences. This contributes to develop and scale up their sustainability efforts in research, education and responsible ways of doing business.

ABIS has over 100 members spread across the five continents

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ABIS Members

Our membership includes a wide range of business schools, companies and affiliated corporate networks and NGOs. ABIS encourages collaboration and partnership among these members to drive research, knowledge exchange and innovation.

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ABIS membership benefits

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