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Monday, April 16, 2018

Event Report: European Economic Summit 2018

“The Economics of Mutuality: Making Business and Government Mutual.”


The Economic Summit Europe meeting in The Hague and in Amsterdam on April 12th and 13th 2018 was well received. In this meeting we focused on the practical application of the Economics of Mutuality in business and management practice as well as in government and public policy. For Sallux the mutuality concept is one way to implement a relational approach to the economy. Mutuality incorporates the ideas of sharing and trying to create win-win situations.


Day 1, Thursday April 12th, 2018 in the Dutch Parliament Buildings, The Hague

 Eppo Bruins, ChristenUnie MP, the host for the day and Arleen Westerhof (Coalition Apostolic Reform and director of the EES) welcomed the group. In his opening presentation Eppo spoke about the fact that Bruno Roche and his idea of the Economics of Mutuality (EoM) inspire him with a vision of what economics and business should be. Arleen Westerhof gave a short synopsis of the Economic Summit, its history with Economics of Mutuality and what distinguishes it from things like Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Philanthropy and the triple and quadruple bottom-lines.

Wopke Hoekstra, the Minister of Finance for The Netherlands, gave the opening address. In it, he stressed the fact that "mutuality” is not only a term that can be applied to economics, but also to other areas of life. He also challenged the delegates by posing questions about how applying the idea of mutuality could help to address several very pressing situations that the cabinet that he is a part of is dealing with right now. That is to say pensions, organ donation and preserving the environment for future generations.

Bruno Roche spoke after Wopke and presented the Economics of Mutuality as a viable economic model for businesses of the future. He challenged the delegates to be proactive in this. It’s not a question of if, but when. The survival of not only business, but also capitalism, may very well depend on us recognizing and renumerating multiple forms of capital.

Two panel discussions followed on the topics: EoM in the Innovation Economy and Evolving the Regulatory and legal environments to make EoM possible. Leading academics, Think Tank leaders and national politicians spoke about what they themselves are doing to address these topics in their own spheres of influence.  


 Day 2: Friday, April 13th 2018 in the Dominion Centre, Amsterdam

 The emphasis on the second day of the meeting was on the implementation of EoM in business and management practice. Bruno Roche and Prof. Colin Mayer of the Said Business School at Oxford University gave the keynote presentation in which they outlined the EoM journey that they have been on in their Mars Catalyst - Said Oxford collaboration for the past three years. This was followed by a presentation by Alastair Colin-Jones, a Senior Manager of Business Research at Mars of several case studies that they have been working on in their collaboration. The delegates were also given case studies of their own to work on at their tables. 

 After the break Jan Sturesson, President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce and the Founder and CEO of RESTING, gave an inspired presentation on where and how business professionals must take a stand and have a voice in the future direction of business and society.  

 This year we had delegates with us from the Federation of Northern Syria. They were invited by Johannes de Jong, managing director of Sallux. They were in The Netherlands and Belgium to try to get support as they start to rebuild their part of Syria. We felt honoured to have them with us.

 Sallux thanks CAR for the great partnership in organizing the European Economic Summit. Without the enormous hard work of the CAR team and especially Arleen Westerhof and Martin van der Mooren the EES would not have been possible. Finally Sallux thanks Gidsnetwerk and CBMC for their partnership in this very successful event.