Conference on Sustainable Innovation
Partnership for the
UN Global Goals of Sustainable Development
January 8 - 10, 2020
Conference on Sustainable Innovation
Partnership for the
UN Global Goals of Sustainable Development
January 8 - 10, 2020
Conference on Sustainable Innovation
Partnership for the
UN Global Goals of Sustainable Development
January 8 - 10, 2020
Future decision makers must understand their impact and responsibility related to their social and economic development. An increasing number of companies have integrated the UN Global Goals of Sustainable Development (SDGs) in their business activities over the past five years. They reach more sustainable results through partnerships with NGOs and/or political institutions.
ESCP Europe is committed to the Agenda 2030 and has integrated the SDGs into their curriculum to train future managers .
The Conference on Sustainable Innovation is part of this initiative. Since 2017 it allows businesses, political institutions, and civil society to reflect on their projects related to the SDGs and sustainability, and to contribute to the education of young talents.
Conference participants include
- 300+ ESCP Europe students from various disciplines
- ESCP Europe faculty members from various disciplines
- 80+ experts from the corporate, political and NGO worlds
The Conference on Sustainable Innovation is part of our annual Career Week for Master in Management students. Here students learn how to integrate their personal values and guidelines into the guiding principles of their lives and careers. Find out more here.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan
Director Executive Education,
Career Development & Corporate Relations
2019 Conference Information
Experts & Sponsors 2019
We are grateful for the following sponsors for sending experts and coaches to interact with conference participants. Thank you for helping make this one of the biggest sustainable careers conferences in Europe.
Enhancing Sustainable Development – Business, Government and Civil Society Partnering for Sustainable Innovation and the SDGs
We welcome stakeholders from the Politics/Government, Business, and Civil Society spheres to work together on the Agenda 2030. Over 1,5 days we will share and discuss challenges from different perspectives in order to learn from one another, expand networks, and find new ways and approaches for collaboration. Become part of this strong, multi-stakeholder community, combining strength to push the SDG agenda and face the challenges together.
Day 1: Challenges of Implementing Sustainable Development
Click on select names to see their presentations on YouTube
13:00 Welcome Coffee & Check-in
13:30 Welcome Speeches: Conference Chairs, Andreas Kaplan and Jan Ehlers: "Introduction to the Sustainability Debate - Understanding the Importance of the SDGs and Agenda 2030"
14:00 Key Note from representatives of the Business, Government & NGO/Society sectors :
Jörg Mayer-Ries, Head of Division, Sustainable Development and Citizen Participation, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Dr. Jörg Mayer-Ries has been Head of Division on General Aspects of Environmental and Sustainability Policy at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) since 2007. In this role, he is responsible for sustainable development, strategic forecasting and public participation.
After studies in Political Economy and Political Science and Social Science, he worked as a Director of Studies for Economic, Environmental and North-South Policy at the Lutheran Academies Loccum and as a Senior Consultant for Sustainability, Foresight and Innovation and Research at a private business consultancy. As Senior Fellow at the Institute for Transformative Sustainability Research IASS in Potsdam, Dr. Mayer-Ries proposed a cross-departmental Innovation Lab in government.
Luca Crisciotti, CEO, DNV GL
Luca Crisciotti became the Chief Executive Officer for DNV GL - Business Assurance in March 2012.
With a background in the certification industry, Mr. Crisciotti started in DNV Business Assurance in 2001 as a Sales Manager in Rome, Italy. He continued as the Business Development Manager for Division South Europe before moving to Japan for three years as the Country Manager for Japan. He then moved to Shanghai, Greater China, taking over as Director of Operations in DNV Business Assurance Asia & Australia. His educational background is a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.
Susanna Krüger, CEO, Save the Children
Susanna Krüger is CEO at Save the Children Germany e.V. since March 2016. Before this, she founded and led GoodRoots, an advisory firm working with social investors on their impact measurement and organizational change. Susanna's work experience spans over 16 years in development cooperation, humanitarian aid and its evaluation (Middle East, Asia and Africa), public administration reform, facilitation of organizational change in the non-profit sector, strategic philanthropy and impact investing efforts with large European foundations. Susanna holds master's degrees in history, philosophy and international law from the Free University in Berlin and in public administration from Harvard University.
14:30 Panel Discussion: Challenges of implementing sustainability
15:00 Audience Reflection
15:15 Networking Coffee-Break
15:45 Best Practices of Trilateral Projects - Project Flashlights:
Franck Vogel, Photojournalist
Franck Vogel works as a photojournalist specializing in Water, Environmental, Climate & Social issues for the international press (GEO, Paris Match, Stern, Bloomberg...). He is also a speaker, a documentary film director (France Television) and an EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed contributor.
He is best known for his work on the Bishnois, the world's first ecologists in India, and albinism in Tanzania. He is currently focusing on global water conflicts with the Transboundary Rivers' Project and has already completed stories on seven major rivers featured by GEO magazine, BBC, TF1 or in exhibitions and in lectures. A two-volume book set « Fleuves Frontières » (Transboundary Rivers) will be released by La Martinière Publishing and the first volume has been launched in Sept 2016.
Gènica Schäfgen, Head of Ecosia Germany
Ecosia is a German company based in Berlin. It’s a free search engine like Google, but very different: Ecosia uses its profits for the common good. So far, Ecosia has planted over 45 million trees across 23 community-driven reforestation projects worldwide.
Florian Hoffmann, CEO & Founder, DO School
Florian Hoffmann is the founder and CEO of Berlin’s DO School, a renowned development ground for purposeful doers from around the world, working in partnership with major institutions and corporations, including IKEA, H&M, the Deutsche Bahn, Covestro, Unilever, Axel Springer, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the United Nations’ Environmental Program and others. Florian is a serial social entrepreneur and international speaker. He has received numerous awards for his work and was named one of 100 distinguished Young Global Leaders under 40 by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Thomas Schindler, CEO & Founder, delodi
Thomas was born in the US and grew up in Europe in an environment dominated by natural sciences. Instead of pushing a scientific career he directed his focus onto the internet leading to a series of successful and unsuccessful projects and ventures ranging from collaboration platforms to mobile couponing systems, least cost routing services and e-commerce platforms. This led to a passion of exploring the social and technological edges of the technium. During this journey he has gathered extensive experience as founder, CEO and CTO of businesses between one and fifty million EUR revenue and employs this for building new impact oriented businesses.
Dr. Joana Breidenbach, Co-Founder, betterplace.org
Joana has a PhD in anthropology and is the author of numerous books on the cultural effects of globalisation. In 2007 she founded betterplace.org, Germany's largest crowdfunding platform for social projects, followed by the betterplace lab, a do-and-think tank researching digital-social innovation. Recently Joana co-founded Das Dach, devoted to supporting startups in a holistic way. In line with her interests in impactful innovations she supports organisations such as the ReDI School and CRCLR and is investor in mission-driven startups such as Carbon Loop Technologies, Stadtfarm, Clue, DeepL and nebenan.de.
Yvonne Löwenstein, Sustainability Manager, Share
Yvonne Löwenstein graduated from ESCP Europe in 2017 in the Master of Sustainability Managment Program. Afterwards she starts working at Share and is now taking care of Sustainability.
17:00 Closing debate: Digital interaction – What did you learn?
17:30 Closing remarks & Check out
Moderation: Andrea Thilo
Day 2: Implementing – Group work on a specific work stream
9:00 Welcome & Registration
9:30 Workshop Session I: Tackling problems
13:30 Workshop Session II: Finding solutions
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Preparing the Pitch Session
16:30 Workstream Gallery & Pitch
17:30 Finish & Expert Get together
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Workshop Sessions 2019
Bio-economy and Sustainability
- Wouter Moekotte - CEO, BeO Bottle
- Martin Clemesha - Technical & Sales Manager, Braskem
- Kristy-Barbara Lange - Deputy Managing Director, European Bioplastics
Industry, innovation, infrastructure : What are the top 3 best innovations in the bio-economy today? Pick 1 and write a strategy to make it become public mainstream.
Responsible consumption and production : What are the pros and cons of bio-plastics? Give 3 precise solutions to tackle the negative impacts in the experts' perimeter.
Climate action : How can the bio-economy help to fight climate change? According to your findings, prepare a pitch to convince business angels to invest in the bio-economy industry.
Wouter Moekotte - CEO, BeO Bottle
Martin Clemesha - Technical & Sales Manager, Braskem
Kristy-Barbara Lange - Deputy Managing Director, European Bioplastics
Tech for Good
- Prof. Dr. Phillip Meissner, Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making, ESCP Europe
- Thomas Schindler, CEO & Founder, delodi
Exponential technologies (drones, sensors, etc) are reshaping every aspect of our lives and disrupting every industry. The accelerating pace of change is unfamiliar and unprecedented. How can we leverage the opportunities the advancement of technologies provides us with for the solution of the Global Grand Challenges of Sustainable Development?
Prof. Dr. Phillip Meissner, Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making, ESCP Europe
Philip Meissner heads the Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making at ESCP Europe. His research focuses on Behavioral Strategy and Scenario-based Planning. Especially, he analyses the role of cognitive biases and emotions in the strategic management process and designs methods and tools to improve decision processes in organizations.
Thomas Schindler, CEO & Founder, delodi
Thomas was born in the US and grew up in Europe in an environment dominated by natural sciences. Instead of pushing a scientific career he directed his focus onto the internet leading to a series of successful and unsuccessful projects and ventures ranging from collaboration platforms to mobile couponing systems, least cost routing services and ecommerce platforms. This led to a passion of exploring the social and technological edges of the technium. During this journey he has gathered extensive experience as founder, CEO and CTO of businesses between one and fifty million EUR revenue and employs this for building new impact oriented businesses.
Fashion: Upstream Supply Chain
- Maria Ledous, Sustainability Manager, Uniqlo
- Nora Vehling, Country coordinator, Fashion Revolution Germany
- Beth Greenaway, Senior Sustainability Manager, Zalando
The fashion industry employs millions of people worldwide and it is increasingly facing scrutiny regarding transparency and disclosure of information about its supply chains. In this workshop we aim to look at the upstream supply chain of the fashion industry, considering the social implications, such as working conditions, that result from the fast pace required to deliver up to 50 collections a year for major fast fashion brands.
Nora Vehling, Country coordinator, Fashion Revolution Germany
Fashion revolution is a global movement that celebrates fashion while raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues. It aims at creating a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion by being both action-oriented and solution focused.
Maria Ledous, Sustainability Manager, Uniqlo
Beth Greenaway, Senior Sustainability Manager, Zalando
Supply Chain Intricacies of a food-specific products: From Farm to Consumer
- Sarah Budke, Chérie Chocolat - CEO & Founder FCL Food Concept Lab
- Ömür Kasap, Unilever Germany - Ben & Jerrys
This workshop looks to facilitate a discussion and analysis of the different steps within the supply chain of bringing a food product (in this case, chocolate) in a sustainable manner. The experts will provide an overview of the different steps within the chocolate supply chain and discuss briefly (in presentation format) how the base-product is cultivated and shipped along its supply chains to the consumer end. The participants tasks will be to highlight the difficulties along the supply chain and discuss in detail where and in what innovative manners can the associated environmental, social, and economic variables the product creation and consumption can be altered or changed.
Sarah Budke, Chérie Chocolat - CEO & Founder FCL Food Concept Lab
Ömür Kasap, Unilever Germany - Ben & Jerrys
Waste Management Systems in Mass Events
- Andrea Bragagna, Project Manager, Regatta ESCP Europe
The workshop will have the objective to give students the chance to employ their creative mindsets to find a solution to the unavoidable production of waste during such a large event. The students will be prompted to follow a design thinking approach to developing a waste management system from a circular economy standpoint. In doing this they will be supported by the knowledge of an expert in the field.
Andrea Bragagna, Project Manager, Regatta ESCP Europe
Andrea Bragagna is an Italian business student graduated with a Bachelor in Economics and Management from the University of Trento in 2016 he is now a ESCP Europe Master in Management candidate enrolled in the M2 on Paris campus. He is the Project Manager for the next edition of Regatta ESCP Europe. Last year he was part of the Events Division.
Regatta ESCP Europe is a four-day sport event organized by students from Eventures Association. It gathers every year more than 400 participants among students, alumni, faculty members and sponsor representatives of the ESCP Europe community. It is held in May in an Italian seaside landscape. The aim of the event is to nurture the community and give its members the chance to get together in an informal way nurturing a sense of belonging and attachment to the oldest business school. We also care to pursue sustainability means in order to make a positive impact.
Sustainable mobility: How can individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint?
Solen de Kervasdoué
- Alexander Schmid, Partner, Bearing Point
- Julia Epp, Research Research Associate, WZB
- Pascal Bock, Volkswagen AG
The purpose of the workshop is that futures managers gain some knowledge about sustainable transportation and to make them rethink about their practices and that of organizations with regard to mobility. First, an overview of the subject and its importance for sustainable development will be given, and each experts will introduce themselves and their role within the mobility sector. Then, we will start the design thinking process, in which students will be asked to participate to didactic games and answer questions, in order to develop solutions together with experts, regarding a specific topic in sustainable mobility.
Alexander Schmid, Partner, Bearing Point
Alexander Schmid holds a diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management of the Technical University of Berlin. Alexander Schmid joined BearingPoint (then KPMG) in 1994 as a public-sector consultant. 1999 to 2000 he led projects as manager for KPMG Consulting in the USA. Prior to joining BearingPoint Alexander Schmid worked for Inpro GmbH in the area of process innovation and as assistant to the managing director.
Example of projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBDLuzjGCHM
Julia Epp, Research Research Associate, WZB
The WZB research group in Science Policy is like a ‘living lab’ of social scientists that investigates new sociotechnical arrangements, their knowledge structures, and the underlying political premises across different sectors and using a mix of research methods. Most specifically, they study examples of knowledge co-production in German energy and mobility transition processes to open-up alternatives perspectives in this area.
Pascal Bock, Volkswagen AG
- Joséphine Quioc, GIZ Blockchain Lab
- Sven Edgren,Head of Digital Transformation, DNV GL
- Marta Ghiglioni, Managing Director, Italia FinTech
Almost everyone has heard of blockchain by now, but it's not just a buzzword. Distributed ledgers are an increasingly disruptive technology, changing the way businesses operate and interact. Blockchain can even be used to tackle environmental and social needs, while covering the scope of everything from energy to supply chain management.
Joséphine Quioc, GIZ Blockchain Lab
The use of blockchain in the framework of the SGDs has been Joséphine's focal point for more than the past year. Her work with GIZ Blockchain lab, which works to idenfity and expand potential applications of the technology, has been focused on blockchain-powered sustainable supply-chains.
Sven Edgren, Head of Digital Transformation, DNV GL
Sven Edgren holds the position of Head of Digital Transformation at DNV GL Business Assurance, testing and launching new DNV GL services and eco systems based on the VeChain blockchain. Sven has worked and lived in Europe in Norway, Sweden, England, Germany, France and the USA. He is based out of DNV GL’s Hamburg office and holds a Master in Management from ESCP Europe Business School.
Marta Ghiglioni, Managing Director, Italia FinTech
Marta is the winner of the Global Impact Competition, Italy 2016. She also took part in the Launchpad Program and won the HeroX Blockchain Social Impact Challenge. Today, she is Managing Director at ItaliaFintech, the trade association of Italian Fintech startups, working on fostering the ecosystem and advocating for better financial services for families and SMEs with institutions at the Italian and European levels.
Recycling and Sustainability in plastic packaging
- Miriam Melcher, Citizenship Manager DACH, Procter & Gamble
- Clara Burow, Impact Revolution
- Claudi Vietta, Managing Director, Leef
In 2015 the world produced more than 380 million tonnes of plastic. For context, this is roughly equivalent to the mass of two-thirds of the world population. Moreover, a recent report highlighted that an average person eats 70,000 microplastics (small disintegrated pieces of plastic) each year. Presently, our production and consumption of plastic is far greater than our waste management capacity. Given the global scale of plastic pollution, there is an immediate need of action from both businesses and consumers to control our dependence on plastic. In this workshop we will tackle the issue of plastic waste and see how businesses can innovate and disrupt their product or business model.
Clara Burow, Impact Revolution
Miriam Melcher, Citizenship Manager DACH, Procter & Gamble
Claudi Vietta, Managing Director, Leef
- Janine Schnabel, Co-Founder, TomorrowIsNow
- Alena Klatte, Associate, Value for Good
The workshop gave the students the possibility to dive deep into the topic of impact measurement. After a short introduction into the IOOI model - the students developed themselves business models which have profit but at the same time have an impact on society. The next step then was to measure the positive impact. It was surprising for the students to learn that impact always goes alongs with negative consequences. The students were astonished by the results one can achieve only in a few hours.
Janine Schnabel, Co-Founder, TomorrowIsNow
Janine is a social entrepreneurship expert. She has just co-founded TIN. Before she worked at the social entrepreneurship Akademie and ESCP Europe.
Alena Klatte, Associate, Value for Good
- Plug & Play, Solarkios, Golfstrom (tba.)
Understanding the challenges actors in the renewable energy sector are currently facing in order to expand and make it easily accessible to people. Among those challenges : cost, market availability and stockage.
Plug & Play, Solarkios, Golfstrom (tba.)
Team of Urban Desing Thinking.com
- Simon Steiner & Jan Fritsche & Hilde Rosenboom, Urban Design Thinking
Clear view in the urban jungle? With the human-centered Urban Design Thinking approach we will develop an exemplary site close to Berlin in this workshop. We will connect different expertise and set a framework to cope with complexity and to open up sustainable potentials.
About Urban Desing Thinking.com:
Urban Design Thinking was founded by Jan Fritsche, Simon Steiner and Hilde Rosenboom. We facilitate human-centered urban development processes that include a broad range of stakeholders. We bring people together to master complexity. We guide people to create powerful and participatory urban visions and projects in a fast-paced way.
Sustainable Finance - Developing transparent and long-term oriented investments & The relationship between climate change and financial risks
Theresa Gerdes/Nathan Raynouard
- Manuel Ehlers, Relationship Manager for Sustainable Properties, Triodos
- Cosima Stahr, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
- Klaus Hagedorn, Analyst, 2degree Investing Initiative
- Yvonne Zwick, Deputy Secretary-General Head Office for the Sustainability Code, Hub for Sustainable Finance
- Katharina Latif, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Allianz SE
- Prof. Houdou Basse Mama, ESCP Europe Berlin, Chair of International Financial Markets
Workshop 1: Developing transparent and long-term oriented investments
In order to achieve the EU’s 2030 sustainable development targets, the European Commission developed a roadmap to boost the role of finance in achieving a well-performing economy that delivers on environmental and social goals as well. This roadmap has three main objectives: reorienting capital flows towards sustainable investment, managing financial risks stemming from climate change, and fostering transparency and long-termism in financial and economic activities.
In this workshop, we aim to develop ideas how to enhance transparency coupled with a long-term orientation.
Workshop 2: The relationship between climate change and financial risks
In order to achieve the EU’s 2030 sustainable development targets, the European Commission developed a roadmap to boost the role of finance in achieving a well-performing economy that delivers on environmental and social goals as well. This roadmap has three main objectives: reorienting capital flows towards sustainable investment, managing financial risks stemming from climate change, and fostering transparency and long-termism in financial and economic activities. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the links between climate change and financial risks and how to manage them.
Prof. Dr. Houdou Basse Mama, Chair of International Financial Markets, ESCP Europe
Houdou Basse Mama is a Full Professor of Finance at ESCP Europe Business School (Berlin Campus) where he holds the Chair in International Financial Markets. His teaching interests include international financial markets, international finance, empirical finance, asset/portfolio management, and sustainable finance.
Prior to joining ESCP Europe in February 2013, he held a postdoctoral position at the University of Hamburg where he earned a Master in international Business Administration and a PhD in finance. He also holds an M.A. in Accounting and Finance (Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar) as well as an M.A. in Applied Foreign Languages (from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop and AUPELF-UREF Montréal). Concomitantly to his former position at the University of Hamburg, he has been a visiting lecturer of finance with the State University of Finance & Economics in St. Petersburg (since 2009) and the Bordeaux Business School (since 2011). Houdou Basse Mama eventually spent three years as financial controller with SIEMENS AG in Senegal and 6 months as intern in the Index Development Unit of Deutsche Börse AG in Frankfurt.
Cosima Stahr, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
Cosima Star leads the topic areas Green Economy and Sustainable Business. As a consultant, project developer and project leader, she is currently working on projects regarding green finance, climate change adaptation, and clean tech innovations.
Katharina Latif, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Allianz SE
Katharina is head of the corporate responsibility department at the Allianz headquarters and oversees ESG integration into core business, sustainability ratings and reporting, environmental management, climate strategy, corporate citizenship programs and donations of the Allianz Group.
Manuel Ehlers, Relationship Manager for Sustainable Properties, Triodos
Klaus Hagedorn, Analyst, 2degree Investing Initiative
Yvonne Zwick, Deputy Secretary-General Head Office for the Sustainability Code, Hub for Sustainable Finance
Sustainable Value Chains
- Wolfgang Baum, Programm Coordinator Berlin, Fairventures Worldwide
- Julia Breidenstein, Sustainability Officer and PR Manager, HUMANA Kleidersammlung GmbH
Real sustainability can only be truly achieved when all parts of the value chain work together. The Circular Economy, use and re-use of materials as a concept improves the environmental impact of the entire value chain, meaning not onlyl ow environmental impact but also positive societal impact. Customers and suppliers need to work together with all the stakeholders along their value chain to further improve the overall footprint of the value chain. How can we enhance a value chain in order to contribute not only to new innovations, value proposition development and advancing sustainability metrics, but also to sustainable development?
Wolfgang Baum, Programm Coordinator Berlin, Fairventures Worldwide
Wolfgang works as program coordinator for Fairventures Worldwide, a non-profit company focusing on Forest Landscape Restauration (FLR) and value chain development. With a background in cultural science, he was working in Indonesia for five years, establishing Fairventures' country program. Wolfgang's main interest is scalable FLR models that balance ecological and economical needs. He loves books, cats and forests and lives currently in Berlin.
Julia Breidenstein, Sustainability Officer and PR Manager, HUMANA Kleidersammlung GmbH
Julia is sustainability officer and public relations manager of the social business HUMANA Kleidersammlung GmbH. The company collects, sorts and sells used clothing and uses the profits for development. Members of the international HUMANA People to People movement carry out more than 1,000 projects in 45 countries, reaching 14 million people in the fields of sustainable agriculture and environment, community development, health and education.
Food Waste in Germany
Marei von Götz, Sumaya Sadek
- Sascha Rieth, Head of Quality, Occupational Safety and Sustainability, Bio Company
- Frederic Goldkorn, Founder & CEO, Querfeld
- Gregor Raimann, Consultant and Food waste expert on the board of United Against Waste, Raimann Concepts
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or disposed of along the value chain. The topic of food waste is becoming increasingly urgent, as the pressure on global resources is increasing due to a growing world population. In Germany alone 18 million tons of food waste are generated annually, of which 9.9 million tons could be avoided. Although we are facing hunger on one side of the world, we are still throwing away a huge chunk of the food we produce. Framed by SDG 12 (sustainable production and consumption) and SDG 2 (zero hunger) students will work in groups to look at different parts of the supply chain to evaluate what actions can be taken to reduce food waste. The outcome will be the get a holistic understanding of the problem and develop action plans for different stakeholders.
Sascha Rieth, Head of Quality, Occupational Safety and Sustainability, Bio Company
About Bio Company: This organic supermarket is based on the original idea to offer ecological products to many people at a fair price. Here they offer a great sustainable product portfolio that integrates many local products.
Frederic Goldkorn, Founder & CEO, Querfeld
About Querfeld: It is estimated that around 30% of fruit and vegetable production is not considered for sale, even though the quality of the product is impeccable. Too big, too small, too knobbly - because of its appearance, these "ugly" fruits and vegetable is rejected and left lying around or even thrown away. This leads to a huge waste and thus to negative ecological, economic and social effects. Querfeld has set itself the goal of making these 'ugly' fruits and vegetables socially acceptable again and thereby reducing food waste. They do this by acting as traders between producers and buyers.
Gregor Raimann, Consultant and Food waste expert on the board of United Against Waste, Raimann Concepts
About Raimann Concepts: This consulting company for gastronomic industry has made it its business to develop first-class, innovative and long-term successful gastronomy concepts and to implement them reliably.
About United Against Waste: This NGO serves as a platform to communicate and create awareness regarding food waste. Here it acts as an interface between kitchen managers, nursing staff, managing directors and associations. They have developed a tool to measure and analyse food waste to help reduce food waste. They further
connect different actors, educate and consult on the subject.
- Phillip Buddemeier, Principal Director, Accenture Strategy
- Nico Pastewski, Manager Sustainability, Accenture Strategy
In this workshop, we will tackle the pressing issue of E-waste, and see how it could be prevented or used at an advantage, through principles of the Circular economy. With the help of two expert consultants from Accenture and a representative of Grover, a company whose business model is changing the way we consume electronics, students will be encouraged to think of ways to integrate the Circular economy in the business models of leading electronics producers.
Phillip Buddemeier, Principal Director, Accenture Strategy
Philipp Budemeier is a Principal Director at Accenture Strategy – Sustainability in Berlin. He leads Accenture’s work on Circular Economy in Germany, Switzerland & Austria. He supports his clients to transition into a resource effective economy based on a deep understanding of business model innovation and the enabling role of technology. He is a co-author of the German edition of Accenture’s book on the Circular Economy, “Waste to Wealth”. Prior to joining Accenture Philipp worked at McKinsey’s Dubai office focusing on economic development and resource productivity. Additionally, he has hands-on entrepreneurial experience demonstrating the power of Circular Economy at work as a Managing Partner of Blue Economy Solutions GmbH and CEO of Oppidum Underground Farming GmbH.
Nico Pastewski, Manager Sustainability, Accenture Strategy
Nico Pastewski is a Manager at Accenture Strategy – Sustainability in Berlin. He works on Circular Economy in Germany, Switzerland & Austria. He supports his clients to transition into a resource effective economy based on a deep understanding of business model innovation and the enabling role of technology. Prior to joining Accenture Nico worked several years at an automotive supplier and an automation company focusing on resource efficiency in products and manufacturing. Additionally, he has a strong technology research background from Europe’s leading applied research organization.
Workshop on Sustainable Consumption within the Beauty Sector
- Anna Lucuk, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Coty
- Paul McNeillis PhD, MBA, DBA, Regional Supply Chain Manager, Northern Europe Region, DNV GL
The Beauty industry has lot of consumers and influencers. It is therefore well suited for raising consumers awareness through numbers of consumers as well as social medias. Engaging in consumers topics has mass appeal. The workshop will thrive to answer the following question : How can the beauty sector raise consumers awareness of sustainable issues in order to drive actions in the supply chain or other sustainable development? The workshop will also work on a short case study on how “CoverGirl” became the largest beauty brand to earn cruelty free International’s “Leaping Bunny” certification.
Anna Lucuk, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Coty
Anna has over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Affairs for leading consumer goods businesses. She is currently leading the development and communication of Coty’s responsible growth agenda as well as their global issues and crisis management plan and response. She most enjoys creating new, purpose inspired and creative global NGO partnerships and associated communication campaigns. A recent example is Coty’s partnership with Cruelty Free International.
Paul McNeillis PhD, MBA, DBA, Regional Supply Chain Manager, Northern Europe Region, DNV GL
Paul has over 20 years’ experience in business including 15 years in professional services and software firms at Director and Board level focussed on sustainability. He heads the London based practice that advises global companies on: sustainability strategy; sustainable supply chains; green bonds & climate risk; sustainability report assurance and digital solutions. His professional focus is on the potential of digital transformation to drive the integration of sustainability into business strategy, operations and supply chains to create greater business and stakeholder value. As the Regional Supply Chain Manager for DNV GL Northern Europe he leads the centre of excellence for supply chain management which consults with leading clients across Europe in order to provide them with insights and practical support on trends, innovations and best practices in supply chain sustainability & digital strategy. He holds an MBA, DBA and a PhD (Imperial College) and is currently participating in the digital diploma at IMD.
Sustainable Mobility and Delivery Systems workshop
- Matt Stewart, Innovation Catalyst, DO School
- Phillip Tettenborn, Venture Catalyst, DO School
- Marc Watine, Senior Consultant Energy & Utilities, PwC Germany
Matt Stewart, Innovation Catalyst, DO School
Matt Stewart is part of the DO School program team and brings with him a diverse background in sustainability, urban planning, social enterprise and internal innovation. Matt has relentlessly co-founded a host of social initiatives, including an award winning design thinking program for social and environmental change, and he heads up a proposal for a floating pool in the Melbourne’s polluted Yarra River.
Phillip Tettenborn, Venture Catalyst, DO School
Phillip Tettenborn is an ESCP Master in Management alumni. He is the DO School’s Venture Lab Director and heads up the Entrepreneurship for Good and Innovation Challenge programs. Before joining the DO School, Phillip consulted young ventures as well as big organizations in Technology Transfer and in Innovation Management. Prior to that, he managed the Incubator of the Humboldt University in Berlin and consulted the University of Havana on the creation of Cuba’s first incubator.
Marc Watine, Senior Consultant Energy & Utilities, PwC Germany
Marc Watine is Senior Consultant in the team Energy & Utilities of PwC Germany. He provides consulting services to companies and public institutions at both the national and the international level. His current projects deal especially with the deployment of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (incl. development of strategic partnerships, optimization of pricing strategies, business process review, analysis of legal and regulatory framework).
Challenges of sustainable paper packaging for consumer goods
Emilie Grytte Eikeland
- Dominique Kathe, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Mars Petcare
- Ulrich Malessa, Head of Markets, FSC Deutschland
- Larissa Gleich, Consulting & Organisation
Packaging plays an important part in both protecting products and communicating product features, but have you ever thought about the environmental and social impact of packaging production and consumption? We will in this workshop explore the sustainability related challenges concerning paper packaging for consumer goods and how we can overcome these challenges.
Dominique Kathe, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Mars Petcare
My name is Dominique Kathe and my role is Strategic Sourcing Manager at Mars Petcare. This means that I am buying all paper packaging for our European petfood factories. Packaging is used for all individual product and we have a mission to reduce the environmental impact our packaging has.
Ulrich Malessa, Head of markets, FSC Deutschland
Ulrich Malessa studied forestry sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg as well as Sustainability Management (MBA) at the Leuphana-Universität in Lüneburg. His professional development took him to three continents, including the state forest service of Baden-Württemberg, project work on sustainable village forestry in West-Africa and trade control of wildlife products in the Americas. As head of markets leads the business development of FSC Deutschland regarding demand and use of the FSC logo on-product and off-product.
Larissa Gleich, Consulting & Organisation
Larissa Gleich is a freelance business consultant focusing on the areas of sustainability, trade and procurement. She has helped startups to success and companies of various sizes to become greener. More than ten years in various positions for global players and industry game changers have given her unique experiences with all aspects of global production, consumption and its effects on every stakeholder, including the environment.
Creating and Improving Access to Sustainable Healthcare in an Innovative Approach
Yin Shi Pang
- Joanna Pawlik, Product Strategist & Data Scientist, Reckon Digital
- Dr. Sebastian Winkler, Co-founder, Thalamed
The healthcare industry is experiencing its most rapid pace of innovation ever. The shift is accelerated by technology innovation from the important dimensions including public health outreach, consumer and service experience, personalized care, remote patient management systems, patient information security in a more integrated and comprehensive manner. Welcome to join us if you are interested in the challenge and opportunity of the healthcare industry and eager to create new or significantly improved business models, organizational models, processes, methods of service delivery to develop a sustainable healthcare.
Joanna Pawlik, Product Strategist & Data Scientist, Reckon Digital
Joanna Pawlik has 8 years’ experience in data science within technology industry. Among others, she had worked in Japanese high-technology business. Particularly, in the area of business’ impact on sustainability. Joanna is also Adjunct Professor at ESCP London Campus.
Dr. Sebastian Winkler, Co-founder, Thalamed
Dr. Sebastian Winkler has a PhD in Physics and has worked in highly regulated industries in engineering with focus on device certification as manager and project. 5 years ago he co-founded Thalamed GmbH which runs with Medizintechnikmarkt.de, Germany’s leading marketplace for investment sized medical devices helping doctors and small hospitals to make procurement quick and easy while delivering the best results for them. He is a dad of two young boys and a baby girl - and therefor highly interested to help creating a sustainable future for everybody.
Sustainable Business School – Designing Tomorrow?
Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund
- Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Professor for Corporate Sustainability, ESCP Europe Berlin
- PD Dr. Remmer Sassen, University of Hamburg
- Elisa Gansel, University Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Professor for Corporate Sustainability, ESCP Europe Berlin
Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Professor for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Berlin and Academic Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation. His teaching and research deal with sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate sustainability management, and sustainable business models. Florian founded www.sustainablebusinessmodel.org in 2013, an international hub for sustainable business model research.
PD Dr. Remmer Sassen, University of Hamburg
Remmer Sassen joined University of Hamburg in June 2007. He holds a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.pol.) from University of Hamburg and also habilitated at University of Hamburg in 2017. Since November 2016, he has been managing the HOCH-N action field sustainability reporting in collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Duisburg-Essen. In the past, Remmer Sassen carried out several (international) projects on sustainability reporting and sustainability management of firms and universities. His research topics relate primarily to external reporting of firms and universities (e.g., sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, risk reporting, and corporate governance reporting) as well as corporate governance.
Elisa Gansel, University Duisburg-Essen
- Marguerite Bellec, Venture Analyst, Viessmann Group
- Michael Werner, Business Director, Scholz & Friends
Current debates on resource scarcity or climate change are intrinsically linked with energy production. The energy system is undergoing a fundamental change with increasing shares of renewables and an emergence of innovative business models. While technologies and incentive schemes on the production side are broadly discussed, everyday energy consumption on the demand side is focussed less. The smart living workshop entails this discussion and aims at tackling both the benefits of such techology development (and how to communicate them) and the challenges they are facing.
Marguerite Bellec, Venture Analyst, Viessmann Group
As a venture analyst for VC/O, part of the world-wide operating Viessmann Group, we help taking care of people’s daily needs through translating technology into their lives.
Michael Werner, Business Director, Scholz & Friends
For more than 20 years, Michael Werner has been assisting companies in the development of sustainable business models. Since August 2015, Werner Werner has joined the Scholz & Friends Reputation team as Business Director. Previously, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 15 years, including seven years as a Sustainability Services Partner. His areas of expertise include advising on the development of sustainability strategies, implementing KPIs to describe and measure the success of sustainability, and the reliability and credibility of sustainability information.
Green Banking – A new strategy to regain legitimacy for the European banking sector?
Prof. Dr. Rolf Brühl
- Prof. Dr. Rolf Brühl, Professor of Business Ethics and Management Control, ESCP Europe
- Benedikt Kapteina, Research Assistant, Chair of Business Ethics and Management Contro, ESCP Europe
Sustainable finance is rapidly becoming part of banks’ strategy, driven by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the demands of millennial investors. In in the eleventh year after Lehman’s bankruptcy, banks need to consider different societal expectations by developing new strategies and business models. Additionally, the EU Action Plan to finance sustainable growth, commissioned by the EU-Commission, has put forward proposals for the future design of a European financial system. This initiative aims to foster sustainability in the banking sector.
Our workshop picks up EU Action Plan’s recommendations and addresses the implementation of sustainable finance in the banking sector for the recovery of legitimacy.
In this workshop students will work on several issues:
- How are banks responding to climate risk in their policies
- How to design a market for sustainable finance to create trust and transparency with all stakeholders and what is the role of banks in this market
- How to finance resilience and sustainable development
- How to balance the trade-off between financial and sustainable investment returns
Prof. Dr. Rolf Brühl, Professor of Business Ethics and Management Control, ESCP Europe
Rolf Brühl is Professor of Business Ethics and Management Control and since 2003 the Academic Director of the Doctoral Programme at ESCP Europe Business School Berlin. His current research interests are in account giving in the organizational context (banking industry), credibility of CSR reporting, legitimacy strategies of organizations (communication and reporting), alignment of CSR strategy with management control systems (case studies of best practices), and determinants of shared service centers. Rolf Brühl started his education in business administration at the Technical University Berlin, where he graduated, got his doctoral degree and was habilitated in the field of management accounting and management control. He gained practical experience in the banking sector and in consultancy. Currently he is a member of the research center on sustainability at ESCP and in the working group “Shared Services” in the Schmalenbach-Association; moreover, he is member in several national and international research organizations.
Benedikt Kapteina, Research Assistant, Chair of Business Ethics and Management Contro, ESCP Europe
Storytelling for Sustainable Fashion
- Isabelle Laurencin, Managing Director of Plug & Play Netherlands and Director of Fashion for Good
- Rune Orloff, Founder of Sardin and collaborator of Parley from the Oceans
- Lucas Klocke, Sustainability Ambassador, Uniqlo Germany
- Marie-Sophie Vorbrodt, Assistant to CEO, Share
Exploring the role of marketing, communications and storytelling in shaping consumer behavior and accelerating the shift towards sustainable and circular business models in the fashion industry .
Isabelle Laurencin, Managing Director of Plug & Play Netherlands and Director of Fashion for Good
Marie-Sophie Vorbrodt, Assistant to CEO, Share
Rune Orloff, Founder of Sardin and collaborator of Parley from the Oceans
A springboard for new responsible products developed by leading international designers. I developed SARDIN to challenge the industry from a commercial perspective. Let the power of consumer purchase lead the way for cleaner developments. I generally specialize in brand strategy, ideation, and new business development. I have a passion for connecting the dots - bringing the best ideas and people together.
Lucas Klocke, Sustainability Ambassador, Uniqlo Germany
Lucas Klocke is working at UNIQLO Germany, where he is responsible for implementing the global Sustainability Strategy on the German market. His responsibilities include managing activities around Sustainability, as well as coordinating and establishing relationships with local NGOs.