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Prof. dr. Johan Wempe holds the Business Ethics chair at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

He is member of the Committee of Experts on the manure legislation (Commissie van Deskundigen voor de Mestwetgeving). He is member of the board of Groen Gas Nederland (a foundation that stimulates the production of biogas) and programme leader for the Green Gas programme (TKI Gas) of the top sector Energy. 

He held a chair in Governance (lector) at Saxion University.  He held a chair in Business Ethics at the Rotterdam School of Management and at Nijenrode Business University. He was programme leader of the Entrepreneurship of the Future programme at the Center for Entrepreneurship of the Utrecht University. He was a visiting research scholar at the George Town University, Washington. 

Johan Wempe was founder and the first director of CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland). He was founder and director/partner of KPMG Ethics & Integrity Consulting and of KPMG Sustainability. He was one of the initiators and chairman of the Dutch Network for Business Ethics (NBN). He was member of the Standing Committee on Bribery and Extortion of the ICC. 

Johan Wempe was born in 1952, in The Hague, The Netherlands. He holds doctorate degrees in business administration (Erasmus University) and in philosophy (University of Utrecht). He received a PhD from the Erasmus University. 


His research focuses on ethics in business organisations, corporate integrity, Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and the circular economy, corporate governance, corruption prevention.

His main interest is the role of the social system and responsibility. Individuals and organisations are embedded in (social) systems, the financial system, the chain, etc. What are the implications for the responsibility of individuals, functionaries and corporations? Another focus in his research is the development of a forward looking ethics (prospective ethics). This is for instance relevant for the debate about responsibility and climate change. 

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Energy policy Engineering & Materials Science
energy policy Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sustainable development Engineering & Materials Science
Decision making Engineering & Materials Science
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
policy making Earth & Environmental Sciences
democracy Earth & Environmental Sciences
Responsibility Business & Economics

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Research Output 1998 2018

Network corruption: when social capital becomes corrupted: Its meaning and significance in corruption and network theory and the consequences for (EU) policy and law

Slingerland, W., 2018, 245 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

My Brother's Keeper: A New Phase in the Debate on Corporate Responsibility

Wempe, J. F. D. B. & Slingerland, W., 2017, Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics: Including a Special Section on Business and Human Rights. Rendtorff, J. D. (ed.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 93-103 11 p. 7. (Ethical Economy).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Corporate responsibility
Climate change

Morele moed van ondernemingen: de contouren van een prospectieve ethiek

Wempe, J. F. D. B., 2016, Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 31 p.

Research output: Book / ReportInaugural speechProfessional

Open Access

Energy policy by beauty contests: the legitimacy of interactive sustainability policies at regional levels of the regulatory state

Sanders, M., Heldeweg, M., Straatman, E. & Wempe, J. F. D. B., 2014, In : Energy, Sustainability and Society. 4, 4

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy policy
energy policy
Sustainable development


Wempe, J. F. D. B., 2012, National integrity system assessment Netherlands. Slingerland, W. & et al (eds.). Den Haag: Transparency International Netherlands, p. 254-264

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic