SustainAbility: New top-class podcast series

All News, Faculty   -  17. May 2019

What are the most interesting challenges, ideas and best practices in the world of sustainable supply chains? A new podcast project has all the answers: “SustainAbility”, hosted by Vaishali Baid, German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in association with Cologne Business School. She talks with innovative pioneers, change makers, young leaders, social workers, academicians and industry thought leaders

Supply Chains have become global and highly complex and are the backbone of all businesses – and also the missing link for attaining the ultimate goal of Sustainability. The guests will share their insights on current projects, trends and views on Sustainability, covering examples spanning from Germany, India and the USA.

The latest episode is now online. The guest: Amit Patel, Managing Director – Nonprofit Group at Accenture, USA. He shares his views on Getting Non-Profit Right in the Digital Age.

Also available is the first episode of the podcast. The guest is Prof. Dr. habil. Elisabeth Fröhlich, President of the CBS and Professor of Strategic Procurement Management. She talks on what she believes is The Magic Triangle for Future and how business schools can play a major role in implementing sustainability. The CBS has built a strong international reputation in this research area.

Visit the website for interesting updates and new Podcast releases. Vaishali Baid will uncover the fascinating SustainAbility journey in Supply Chain with a new episode every week – at Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Stitcher. All episodes will be about 20 minutes long.

Podcast instead of papers

The idea of Vaishali Baid: Podcast instead of papers. “Papers on sustainability often reach only the academic community and specialized corporate units, while podcasts are highly engaging , quick way of transmitting ideas and have a potential to reach more people,” says Vaishali Baid. “Podcasts are an excellent way to share ideas. Cologne Business School has been very receptive and supportive for new ideas.” In the USA, as many as 26% of people listen to a podcast at least once a month. SustainAbility not only refers to Sustainability, but also to Ability – the skills and mind-sets that are important for implementing Sustainability in Supply Chain.

At the CBS, sustainability plays an important role

Vaishali Baid is a German Chancellor Fellow at the CBS since October 2018. She studied Biotechnology and has more than 7 years of experience in procurement with multinational corporations. In Cologne, she is working on the project “Best German Practices in Sustainable Procurement” creating potential solutions for India, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship is awarded annually to up to fifty people from five countries – including India – to enable tomorrow’s leaders conducting research in Germany with a host of their choice. The scholarship also includes German language courses and a two-week study trip to get to know Germany and Europe, for example by visiting companies, the German Federal Constitutional Court, Art Centers and the EU Commission. The programme is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The CBS is one of the leading universities in Germany when it comes to sustainability. The university’s own “Center for Advanced Sustainable Management”, founded in 2016, stands for research, knowledge transfer to business and networking. Students can join a CSR team, and the FutureToday platform is open for worldwide dialogue. At the beginning of May, the “Sustainability Day 2019” took place at the CBS.

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