The European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) at Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics is the world’s leading research institute on sustainable finance and responsible investing. We offer high-quality research on the impact of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards on the pricing of assets in financial markets. Moreover, we study the different ways investors can engage with the companies they invest in.
The mission of ECCE is to develop, communicate, and promote a thought-provoking and innovative body of knowledge concerning sustainable business and finance, through high-quality research, teaching, training, international networking, conferences, and other conventional outlets. Its core purpose is to encourage an ongoing dialogue between all parties capable of contributing to sustainable development, including capital markets investors, financial analysts, corporate managers, consultants, academic institutes, governmental bodies, and NGOs.
ECCE can be regarded as a “lab for responsible investment”; a multidisciplinary research network founded by researchers with established track records in the academic domain and in the finance industry. ECCE helps practitioners and scholars understand how businesses and financial markets can promote sustainable development by considering Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues.
The ECCE research group receives public endorsement from institutional investors around the world and has been awarded various prestigious research grants and prizes, such as those of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley (Moskowitz Prize), the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing, the Mistra foundation (Sweden), and the French Social Investment Forum.
ECCE closely communicates and cooperates with large institutional investors. Our industry partners include pension funds, major banks, mutual fund companies and rating agencies. You can benefit from involvement in our research at different levels, ranging from receiving quarterly research updates to being directly involved through our advisory board. If you are interested in becoming an ECCE research partner, please contact Els van Aernsbergen (contact us).
ECCE Research Fellow
Rob Bauer is Professor of Finance (chair: Institutional Investors) at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics in The Netherlands. His academic research is focused on pension funds, strategic investment policy, mutual fund performance, responsible investing, shareholder activism and corporate governance. Rob publishes regularly in professional and...More about this author
Jaap W.B. Bos
ECCE Research Fellow
Jaap Bos is an Associate Professor of Finance at Maastricht University. His work has been published in the Journal of Business, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of Banking and Finance. His research interests include the role of productivity differences, spillovers and innovation in explaining economic growth, and the...More about this author