Animals and Business Applied Research Centre
The mission of the Animals and Business Applied Research Centre is: 'To support entrepreneurs, governments and social organisations with practice-based research on innovations in behaviour and the well-being of animals, and the development of a sustainable environment for man and animal. These demands will be used in preparing sustainable business models for the production of sufficient and safe foods, and other bio-based products.'
The ARC focuses on the following items:
- how animals can be of value to people while taking their (intrinsic) value into account (Animal Welfare)
- how entrepreneurs can create sustainable value for society and costumers (Corporate Social Responsibility)
- how natural and man-made habitats can be of value to man and animal (Biodiversity)
The main concept in these three items is 'value'; the task of research centres and profit and no-profit businesses to create value for people (customers and society) and (intrinsic) value of animals and the environment as a limiting condition and goal.
The research within the Applied Research Centre is conducted in cooperation with several knowledge centres. There are three knowledge centres within the domain Animals and Business:
- Dierenwelzijnsweb (Dutch website about Animal Welfare)’
- Green Entrepreneurship Centre
- Kenniscentrum Burgers en Biodiversiteit (Dutch Knowledge Centre about Humans and Biodiversity)