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Save the date: November 14th – 16th 2018

It is time to challenge the status quo!

We are a global network – connecting academics, practitioners, artists, innovators and all kind of change makers, with the common goal of creating a more sustainable and socially responsible world.

We live in a complex, volatile world filled with uncertainty about the future. This calls for courageous and responsible leaders who will challenge the status quo and lead the transformation of business, politics, and society towards sustainable development. Effective leaders inspire, motivate and ignite people to take action, enabling them to change the world for the better.

Globalization and digitalization have forever changed the socio-political reality of our world, and we have to acknowledge that with such dramatic change, also comes with challenges. For these reasons, we must be careful with regard to how we enact the necessary change, which has arisen from these shifts. We need to understand not just the role of businesses in enacting change, but the role that international institutions, governments, and society, play in this change. Such a transformation must be much more than radical disruption, but rather a fundamental character shift. Of course, achieving such a drastic change in character will not be easy, and for that reason we need to leave our comfort zones!

Given our increasingly globalized world, our conference examines the topics of sustainability and responsibility from an international perspective. Together, we are able to develop future-oriented solutions, taking the sustainability debate beyond moralizing and promoting a holistic approach towards shaping our institutions. We bring together different perspectives on global issues from various countries, actors and generations on responsible leadership, to foster ideas, practices, which can be applied in a global context.

We believe that it is not enough to provide future generations with the same opportunities. Instead we want more opportunities for present and future generations! -Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter, Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at CBS

Conference Organizers

René Schmidpeter

Dear colleagues, experts and academics in the field of CSR and Sustainable Management,

It is a great honor for me and my team at CASM to host the International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility next year in Cologne. I am particularly thankful to Prof. Dr. Joachim Schwalbach for giving me the opportunity to be part of the global sustainability and responsibility movement for the years to come. He has built a great network which will be a good base for new initiatives, global exchange and sustainable innovation. The bi-annual conference gives all of us the opportunity to continuously deepen our global networks, exchange latest sustainability knowledge and have a good time together in November 2018.

Till we see each other in Cologne next year we would like to inform you about any news regarding the conference as well as our other global activities on a regular basis. Thanks for becoming part of the global CASM community! If you would you like to support the conference, get engaged as a speaker or contribute new ideas or interesting topics please do not hesitate to contacting me and my team at any time.

Your René Schmidpeter and CASM Team

Head Chair
Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at CBS Cologne Business School GmbH

Joachim Schwalbach

“After 14 years of running the Humboldt-University Conference Series, it’s time let the next generation assume the mantle. It is my great pleasure that Prof. Dr. Sarah Jastram and Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter, two ambitious sustainability experts, will be taking over the conference going forward. However, don’t be surprised if you see me around, as I will be supporting future conferences in an informal capacity.”

Co-Chair
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Sarah Jastram

“It is great to be part of this wonderful conference. I have been involved in the organization of the conference since 2010 and it always feels like a big celebration when so many experts and leaders from around the world join together to discuss pressing topics and best practice solutions in the fields of sustainability and CSR. I look forward a lot to the next conference in Cologne in November, hosted by Prof. Dr. René Schmidtpeter!”

Co-Chair
HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration

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