About us


History and founders

The project initially gathered a small group of business schools and universities in France and the UK, with the aim of gradually bringing together a broad range of educational, research and activist members at the European level. Founders include the NGO Banana Link, the University of East Paris, the University of Montpellier, Birmingham University, and Kent University who organized two preparatory workshops hosted by The Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation in Paris, as well as academic sessions dedicated to teaching and research on responsible GVC management at the annual conferences of the European Academy of Management in 2013 and 2014. Seed money has been provided in 2015 by the Chair for Responsible Management at the University of Montpellier, France, to develop the RGVC website. A steering committee was formed in May 2015 with representatives of eight universities or business schools and six NGOs from nine European countries to collectively guide the launch and development of the initiative.

Steering commitee

Acquier, Aurélien, Associate Professor, ESCP Europe (France)
Alliot, Christophe or Sylvain Ly, Founding partners, BASIC (France)
Barrientos, Stephanie, Professor, University of Manchester (UK)
Burns, Maggie, Technical Advisor, Women Working Worldwide (UK)
Crabbé, Carole, National coordinators, Clean Clothes Campaign (Belgium, Switzerland)
Egels-Znadén, Niklas, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Escribano, Sergi, Project consultant, Université internationale Terre Citoyenne (Spain)
Flecker, Jörg, Professor, University of Vienna (Austria)
Lund-Thomsen, Peter, Associate Professor, and Ahmad Hassan, External Lecturer, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
Mounoud Eléonore, Associate Professor,Ecole Centrale de Paris (France)
Palpacuer Florence, Professor, University of Montpellier (France)
Robinson Pamela, Lecturer, University of Birmingham (UK)
Smith Alistair, International coordinator, Banana Link (UK)
Vercher Corinne, Professor, University of Paris 13 (France)