2011 Annual Conference in Antwerp

Together with the Center for Ethics of the University of Antwerp, the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest co-organized of the Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum entitled Responsibility in Economics —The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher from 22-23 September, 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. A Charter of Human Responsibilities was launched by the international Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation as a tool for dialogue. The 100th  anniversary of E.F. Schumacher’s birth was an ideal opportunity for launching this particular discussion on responsibility in economics. It invited us to rediscover the author of Small is Beautiful (1973) and his philosophy of responsibility as elaborated in his Guide for the Perplexed (1977). In his last publication, Good Work (1979), Schumacher was one of the first economists to integrate the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (CSRS).Over 100 scholars and practitioners participated in the conference from Europe, North America and Asia. The book which resulted, Responsibility in Economics — The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher, (edited by Hendrik Opdebeeck, Peter Lang Academic Publisher, Oxford) was published in 2013.