The Social Business Research Centre of the University of Turin will soon be established. The announcement on Monday 7 November 2022, on the occasion of the Yunus Social Business Academia Forum held in the Aula Magna of the ‘Luigi Einaudi’ Campus. Five University Departments are involved in the establishment process: Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”, Culture, Politics and Society, Economic-Social Sciences and Mathematics, Law and Management and the School of Business Administration (SAA). The planning phase is now open to define the objectives and topics of interest of the Turin centre, which will have the function of enhancing and coordinating the many research and public engagement activities in the field of ethical finance and sustainable economy.

“The willingness of researchers to set up a Social Business Research Centre in our University is a novelty that makes the entire academic community proud,” says Rector Stefano Geuna. “The centre will be part of the prestigious network established by Professor Muhammad Yunus, whom I sincerely thank for this extraordinary opportunity and for his presence at the University of Turin. We are grateful to Professor Yunus because with his studies he showed a way and then, with his work, opened up new perspectives in the field of social enterprise and ethical finance.
The birth of this centre represents a concrete opportunity for growth, both for the University and its strategic activities, and for our territory. I am convinced that we are thus actively investing in a new business culture, to trace new development trajectories that our city and our region deeply need”.

Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC)

A Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) is a hub for social business in universities around the world, following the principles of Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. YSBCs are created in collaboration through an agreement between the Yunus Centre and the university with the aim of spreading the concept and practice of social business among university students and researchers. YSBCs conduct research, teaching, academic programme and curriculum development, action research, and knowledge-sharing events in social business such as competitions, workshops and seminars, among others. YSBCs also find new and innovative means to expand the concept of social business among students and researchers and also outside the university, in the community and in the region.

The event occurred on the occasion of the Global Business Summit 2022.