Future decision makers must understand their impact and responsibility when planning their social and economic development. Since 2016 an increasing number of companies have integrated the UN Global Goals of Sustainable Development (SDGs) in their business activities. 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 the curriculum to train future managers. We believe future decision makers must understand their responsibility in relation to their social and economic impact.

The Conference on Sustainable Innovation is part of this training. Since 2017 it has allowed 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.

Join us to share your projects and to generate new ideas and perspectives in workshops and discussions. We encourage you to also contribute to a workshop or to participate in the workshop jury to award workshop awards.

Conference participants include

  • 350+ ESCP Europe students
  • 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. During this week students learn how to integrate their personal values and guidelines into the guiding principles of their lives and careers.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan


Jan Ehlers

Director Executive Education,

Career Development & Corporate Relations


8 January - Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz
9 & 10 January - ESCP Europe Berlin Campus, Heubnerweg 8 - 10


"The conference is a great means to educate young talents in sustainability in innovative and practical ways - they get an immediate impression about challenges and successes, more over they meet a lot of people working with the subject. For us, the conference is a great way to reflect our sustainability activities, discuss with students and meet with other experts.“

Axel Bachmann, General Manager of Sustainability, Coca Cola European Partners Deutschland

"The conference was an excellent occasion to bring people from business, academia and civil society organizations in contact. The direct exchange with students and business representatives in workshops on sustainability topics is very valuable to learn and to develop concepts together.”

Florian Landorff, Head of Innovation, Welthungerhilfe

Experts & Sponsors

We are grateful for the following sponsors and their experts who will participate in the conference.
Thank you for making this one of the biggest sustainability-related 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 our unique perspectives. This will help us learn from each another, to expand our networks, and to develop new collaboration strategies.

Become part of this strong, multi-stakeholder community to push the SDG agenda forward together!

Day 1: Understanding SDG Partnerships & Business Transformation

12:00   Group picture in front of the Brandenburg Gate

12:45   Welcome Coffee & Check-in

13:30   Welcome Speech: Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplan, Dean ESCP Europe Berlin

13:45 Presentations: Understanding SDG Partnerships & Business Transformation

Eberhard Brandes, CEO, WWF Deutschland

John Galvin, Managing Director Sales & Marketing, Coca-Cola European Partners

Eva Leihener - Stefan, CEO, Logocos (L'Oréal)

Milena Glimbovski, CEO & Founder, Original Unverpackt

Lucia de Carlo, German Federal Ministry for Cooperation & Development 

Clementine Robert, President, oikos International

15:00   Networking & Coffee Break

15:30   Project Best Practices

17:00   Closing Debate with Digital Integration

17:30   Closing Remarks: Jan Ehlers, Director, Executive Education, Corporate Relations & Career Development, ESCP Europe Berlin

17:45   Get Together & Snacks

Day 2: Conference Core - Workshops on Sustainability Projects


9:00  Check-In

10:00  Workshop Session I

12:30   Lunch

13:30  Workshop Session II

16:00   Coffee Break

16:30   Workshop Session III

18:00   Expert Get-Together

Workshop Sessions 2020 - Coming soon!

Click here for our 2019 conference workshops!

Past Conference Information


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More information here!