Global Lead Conference for CSR and Sustainability successfully launched in Cologne with around 500 participants from 50 nations

All News, Faculty, Inside CBS   -  14. November 2018

Until Friday, thought leaders in the field of sustainable management such as John Elkington, R. Edward Freeman, Wayne Visser, Lize A.E. Booysen, Ernst U. von Weizsäcker, Robert G. Eccles, Georg Kell, John Spengler and many other well-known thought leaders will be exchanging ideas with interested managers, NGO representatives, scientists and junior executives. The symposium will take place for the first time in Cologne and is organized by the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at the Cologne Business School (CBS), in cooperation with the Humboldt University (HU) and the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA).

For the eighth edition of the CSR and Sustainability Conference, Conference Chair Prof Dr René Schmidpeter welcomed the guests with a passionate appeal: “Sustainability is more than just a slogan – it is a common vision for business, politics and society to shape our future positively. This conference is an invitation to all pioneers who think together about the present from the future. The symposium is a unique opportunity to promote the sustainability debate worldwide and to further develop our current economic system”.

This year’s highlights include the discourse between John Elkington, the founding father of the Triple Bottom Line and young thought leaders on the topic of “The Future of CSR and Sustainable Management” and the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement CSR Award 2018 by Georg Kell, Chairman of Arabesque and founding director of the UN Global Compact.

During the three days the conference topics will discuss the topics “Responsible Leadership”, “Digitization and New Technologies”, “Business Transformation”, “Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship”, “(Corporate) Governance” and “Responsible Finance” in panel discussions, expert sessions and interactive workshops.

In the run-up to this important global CSR conference, the 5th Responsible Management Education Research Conference under the auspices of the UN PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) – which took place from November 12th to 13th, 2018 – initiated numerous participants from academia on the topic of “Responsible Leadership in the Training of Young Talent” at the Cologne Business School.

As part of this UN initiative, Prof Dr Elisabeth Fröhlich, President of the Cologne Business School, has been appointed as the new spokeswoman for the PRME Chapter DACH and will be increasingly committed to cooperation between German-speaking universities in the field of sustainability. Lisa Fröhlich “believes that the time has come for sustainable management to be taught comprehensively in business schools”. Both the students and the companies are ready to think in a new management paradigm.

More information on the 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility and the programme of events can be found at:


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