Sustainable Management

Current Conferences

The 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility

14.-16. November 2018 – Flora, Am Botansichen Garten 1a, Köln

It’s Time to Challenge the Status-Quo!

180 Speaker. 42 Nations. 10 Solution Stages. 8 Action Zones. 17 Expert Insights. 3 Exhibition Areas. 6 Interactive Spaces. The former Humboldt-CSR-Conferencs will for the first time be hosted in Cologne’s Flora and is organized by the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at CBS International Business School.

Thought-Leader and visionaries of over 42 nations are challenging the status-quo and will develop new solutions fort he challenges of our time. Become part of a growing, dynamic network that wants to design and create a more sustainable world beyond the boundaries of the conference. The conference is one oft he biggest international platforms in Europe to connect with scientists, thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs, activists, managers, politicians, students – simply put every kind of change-makers – and to discuss innovative ideas and solutions for a more sustainable future.

Effective leaders inspire, motivate and ignite people to act, enabling them to change the world for the better. Our conference examines the topics of sustainability and responsibility from an international perspective and will bring renown experts such as John Elkington, Georg Kell, Lize Booysen, Ed Freeman, Ernst von Weizsäcker and many more to Cologne in November.

Besides our high-level key-notes and expert panels all participants are invited to develop own ideas and to discuss innovative content – as well as their own visions for our world – in workshops and interactive sessions with representatives from business and society.

Only together we can challenge our current systems and develop future oriented solutions to bring the CSR and sustainability debate onto a new level and to promote a systemic approach to redesign our world and its institutions. We are excited to see you in Cologne soon!

Please find more information on the conference, speakers and programmehere:

With the code CASMfriends you can get a 15% discount now.


Annual Conferences

Rapid and dynamic changes in technology, markets, political and legal institutions, and indeed cultures, are creating new challenges. In such a global context, no scholar, no discipline, no university, no think tank, no NGO, no form of media, can remain an island unto itself. CASM brings together scholars from many fields along with business, academic, cultural, religious and political leaders to rethink and integrate value issues into management practice, education and development. On a yearly basis, the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management organizes and supports conferences in cooperation with its partners. If you are interested to get involved feel free to send an e-mail to

Previous Conferences

This section provides a brief overview of the previous conferences we organized or have been involved with.

3rd international Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance

Cologne, Germany 1st– 3rd August 2016

Following two successful conferences in London and Nanjing, the 3rd international conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance on the topic of “Sustainability as New Business Paradigm” took place in Cologne from the 1st to 3rd of August 2016. The conference, organized by CBS in collaboration with the Global Corporate Governance Institute was one of the biggest international science conferences focusing on Sustainable Management.

More than 200 speakers from over 40 nations presented the latest research results and its practical implication to Management, Society, Academia and Politics. In 36 panels, the economic and social challenges in the area of Management, Finance, Tourism, Education and further fields of interest were discussed and possible solutions were presented.

Joint events with the Chamber of Commerce:

The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) brings together scholars from various academic discipline as well as business and political leaders in order to enhance knowledge transfer. In cooperation with the IHK Cologne CASM organizes events in order to provide regional SMEs with practical solutions and competencies.

In 2015 Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter hosted four workshops on the topic of “Sustainability and Economic Success – Corporate Prospects”. As a part of the event series practitioners and experts gave insight on how to combine sustainability and economic success. From procurement to production and distribution, the contributors demonstrated innovative ways of how companies can not only survive on the market but also create a competitive advantage through strategic social responsibility.

Joint Events with STARTPLATZ:

More than coworking offers STARTPLATZ since 2012 at the heart of Cologne and since 2015 in Düsseldorf. STARTPLATZ is Startup-Incubator and the meeting point of the regional startup-scene. It was founded by the CEO of Family Gräg Holding GmbH, Dr. Lorenz Gräf and Matthias Gräf. At both locations STARTPLATZ offers co-working space, team offices, meeting and conference rooms; as well as regular events, conferences, workshops, and pitches. More than 150 startups work on their ideas on a given basis, more than 20 million euros have been invested and more than 60 teams have been supported by various scholarships in the early stage of their establishment. Together with its partners STARTPLATZ also offers corporations and SME’s various solutions from the startup scene concerning topics like digitalization and process innovation.

In cooperation with STARTPLATZ CASM organizes pitch events whereby a team has 7 minutes to pitch a business idea and then 7 minutes to answer any questions from the audience. The goal of this event is to give students the opportunity to present their own sustainable business ideas in front of investors, experts and interested parties. Before pitching students receive training and coaching. You are a student and want to pitch your idea? Feel free to send us an e-mail to:

Executive Master Class:

Sustainable Management and Corporate Social Responsibility determine the current debate on the role of business in society. Learn how to generate these new management perspectives, customer benefits, social value and commercial success. In the CBS Executive Master Class “Sustainable Management”, well-known management and founder personalities as well as company representatives will discuss these issues. All postgraduates, master and bachelor students and interested colleagues and friends are invited to join us for the next lecture series supported by the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Foundation.

For further information on the next Executive Master Class visit: Eventbrite

Graduate School

The Graduate School of Sustainable Management is designed and coordinated by the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Endowed Chair for International Business Ethics and CSR, CBS International Business School and the Catholic University of Eichstaett – Ingolstadt.

In line with their PhD, the Graduate School’s doctoral students work closely together with a network of international universities to develop management, control and measuring instruments to enhance the development of CSR management in business enterprises.

DAX companies as well as renowned medium-sized enterprises are included among the list of participating organisations. Research is specifically tailored to the individual conditions and goals of companies. Meanwhile, results should be applicable to other companies and industries and serve as a prospective foundation for further development.

In order to offer the best possible support to doctoral students during their research, they are continuously supported by experts from academia and practice through various seminars and events. The Graduate School also offers a comprehensive infrastructure for doctoral candidates to network not only with each other, but also external experts and practitioners.

Summer School


The International Summer School is a one week course on the latest sustainable management and CSR topics. Considering the evolving international economic environment as well as global societal and ecological challenges the summer school draws upon the complex paradigm of sustainable management and related implications for both, businesses practitioners and scientists.

A major objective of the course is to share experiences and insights from various geographical and cultural environments regarding different approaches to sustainable management in order to foster mutual learning, identify synergies and develop collective approaches.

Guest lectures from different continents provide input and facilitate discussions concerning regional perspectives on sustainable management and CSR. Moreover, participants will develop a joint project summarizing key findings of the Summer School.

Target Group

The Summer School reaches out to PHD and Master Students as well as young professionals with a genuine interest in sustainable management and CSR and related cross-cutting issues and challenges. The course will be offered in English.

Application Process

Application for the next Summer School will start soon!

CASM Studenten-Team

The number of CBS students wanting to become involved in sustainability activities and projects and to advance sustainable management is increasing. Therefore, with the support of the CASM team, students started a CSR team. Their aim is to conduct further research in the area of sustainable management, become involved in company projects, establish management and leadership skills and team up with worldwide student initiatives. Are you interested in making a difference? Feel free to get in touch!

Ethics and Sustainabiltiy Award

Every year the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Foundation in cooperation with the CBS International Business School grants a total of 4,000 euros in prize money through the “Ethics and Sustainability Award”. The objective of the award is to promote the social and ethical achievements of students who through their work demonstrate an enthusiasm for sustainability.

If you have written a term-paper or a bachelor or master’s thesis on the subject of Business Ethics, Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility or want to create exposure for, or initiate a social project – Apply now and win up to 1,000€.

Applications for the Ethics and Sustainability Award can be continuously submitted throughout the year. Both ongoing and already completed work will be considered.

If you wish to apply, please send the following documents to casm(at)

For a scientific work in progress:

  • An exposé (maximum of two pages)
  • An explanation of how the money is to be used (up to € 600)

For completed scientific papers (up to € 500):

  • An electronic copy of the paper
  • A summary of the content (up to 3 pages)

For social projects:

  • A summary and description of the project (up to 3 pages)
  • An explanation of the planned use of funds (up to € 1000)

In the spring of 2015, CBS International Business School in cooperation with the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Foundation awarded the Ethics and Sustainability Award for the fourth time. Students submitted scientific papers such as Bachelor and Master theses as well as social projects in the areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The award ceremony took place as a part of the IHK event series – Sustainability and Economic Success. CBS President Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich and the Chairman of the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Foundation, Mr. Rechtsanwalt Rüdiger Winkler presented the prizes.

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