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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. 

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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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