The 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility


We are calling 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 act, enabling them to change the world for the better.

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

Join our conference from the 14th – 16th November 2018. To view the complete conference program, please click here. If you wish to download the program, please click here.

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Ticket Information

Early Bird Price until 31.08.2018

Standard Ticket (14th – 15th of November): 590€

Ph.D. Workshop (16th of November): 50€

CombiTicket* (12th – 15th of November): 790€

*in combination with The 5th Responsible Management Education Research Conference

Regular Price: Registration open until 15.10.2018

Standard Ticket (14th – 15th of November): 750€

Ph.D. Workshop (16th of November): 100€

CombiTicket* (12th – 15th of November): 900€

*in combination with The 5th Responsible Management Education Research Conference


Carol Adams
Professor of Accounting
Durham University Business School (UK)

Carol Adams’ work is concerned with the role of accounting and reporting in the relationships between business, society and the environment. For over two decades she has sought to advance practice and policy with respect to integrating sustainability considerations into organisations through applied research, leadership, standard setting, advisory work and educating the next generation of business leaders. She has been involved in various global corporate reporting initiatives and is currently Chair of the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Stakeholder Council, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s of Scotland’s (ICAS) Sustainability Panel, the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Technical Working Group. Carol is Editor of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. You can read more about Carol and her work at

Martin Brueckner
Senior Lecturer of Sustainability
School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University (Australia)

Martin Brueckner is Co-Director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability and a senior lecturer on sustainability at the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University, Perth. He is a social ecologist with a background in management, economics, and environmental policy. His research focuses on industry-community relations, sustainable communities and regional sustainability with a social and environmental justice emphasis.

Archie B. Carroll
Professor Emeritus of Management
University of Georgia (USA)

Archie B. Carroll is a Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Georgia. He was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the Institute of Management at the Humboldt University of Berlin at its 2012 conference. Prof. Carroll is senior co-author of Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management, (2018), 10th edition, with Jill A. Brown and Ann K. Buchholtz – one of the leading books in the field. He is co-author of Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (2012), Cambridge University Press. This book won the prestigious BEST BOOK AWARD at the 2014 Academy of Management—Social Issues in Management annual meeting.

Bhaskar Chatterjee
Former Director General and CEO
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (India)

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. He was instrumental in framing and issuing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in April, 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Indian Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter.
As the DG & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) between 2011 and 2016, he spearheaded the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR).
He has spoken and lectured on the subject of CSR and Sustainability at a very large number of National and International fora over the last five years and is acknowledged as the primary force for bringing a new paradigm to the realm of CSR and providing it with an innovative and strategic vision.

Norman de Paula Arruda Filho
Higher Institute of Administration and Economics (Brazil)

Norman de Paula Arruda Filho holds a Ph.D. in Applied Business Management from the Higher Institute of Labor and Company Sciences, Portugal (ISCTE). He is the President of the Higher Institute of Administration and Economics (ISAE), funded by Getulio Vargas Foundation. He is member of the Global Compact Brazilian Committee (CBPG). A passionate advocate of responsible management education  in Brazil, he heads the Latin America Chapter of UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – which since 2007 has guided the management and curricula  of more than 600 business schools around the world.

Gabriel Eweje
Associate Professor in Business and Sustainability
School of Management at Massey Business School (New Zealand)

Dr. Gabriel Eweje is Associate Professor of Business and Sustainability at the School of Management, Massey Business School, New Zealand. He is also Director of the Sustainability and CSR Research Group– a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Massey Business School. He is the Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Governance – An International Journal of Business in Society. His research interest lies around the issues of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability related disciplines. He has also published his work in international academic journals and presented his research findings at international conferences. His current research is on Sustainability Strategies, SDGs, Responsible Capitalism and Conscious Organizations, and Ethical Decision Making in Public & Private Organizations.

Edward Freeman
Professor of Business Administration
Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (USA)

Edward Freeman is University Professor and Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Senior Fellow of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics; Academic Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics; and Co-Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society. He is also Adjunct Professor of Stakeholder Management at the Copenhagen Business School, and Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Melbourne).Mr. Freeman taught previously at the University of Minnesota, and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.Freeman’s latest book, Business: The New Story, with Bidhan Parmar and Kirsten Martin will be published by Columbia University Press in 2019,  A previous book, Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 (co-authored with J. Harrison, A. Wicks, B.Parmar, and S. de Colle.) He is the author or editor of over twenty volumes and one hundred articles in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy and business ethics. Freeman is perhaps best known for his award winning book: Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, published in 1984.

Freeman has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Duke University. He was recently awarded four honorary doctorates in economics and management (DHC) from Comillas University in Madrid, from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and Sherbrooke University in Canada for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. Mr. Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts, and the blues. He is a co-principal in Red Goat Records, LLC found at For more information, go to

Elisabeth Froehlich
Cologne Business School (Germany)

Since end of 2007, Elisabeth Froehlich is a professor at Cologne Business School responsible for the department of Strategic Supply Management. Since 1st May 2013, she leads the Cologne Business School in her role as president. She is a board member of several scientific organisations, e.g. BME e.V. Region Cologne or the Institute for Sustainable Management. She is speaker of the “Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde” (Cologne Scientific Circle) and Business Ambassador of the City of Cologne. Her current key research lies on the topics of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Green Procurement, Qualification in Purchasing as well as in Strategic Supplier Management. Procurement 4.0 as well as organizational and personal challenges of an “Agile Purchase” build further main research areas.

Debbie Haski-Leventhal
Associate Professor in Management
Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and the Program Director of the Master of Social Entrepreneurship. As a scholar on corporate social responsibility (CSR), Debbie initiated and led the MGSM CSR Partnership Network, a network of leading Australian and international companies, nonprofits and governmental departments aimed at developing an evidence-based dialogue on CSR. Debbie has conducted many studies on CSR and published vastly on the topic and she is the author of the book Strategic CSR: Theories and tools for responsible management. She was a consultant to United Nations Volunteers, co-writing the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. She is also highly involved with the United Nation Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), annually conducting international studies on MBA students and their attitudes towards responsible management education. These studies are often covered by the media, including the New York Times and Financial Review.

Haifeng Huang
Peking University HSBC Business School’s Center for Green Economy (China)

Haifeng Huang obtained his PhD in transitional economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and holds a master’s degrees in economics from both the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies and the School of Economics at Peking University. Professor Huang is currently the Director of Peking University HSBC Business School’s Center for Green Economy, a pioneering think-tank focusing on sustainable development in China. In addition to his role at the Center, he serves as the Assistant Dean for International Relations at Peking University HSBC Business School. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Director in the Ecological Development Union International and has sat member of the Ministry of Land and Resources’ supervisory committee. Additionally, Professor Huang serves on international jury of the European Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award.

Samuel O. Idowu
Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility
London Metropolitan University (UK)

Samuel O Idowu, PhD is a Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility at London Metropolitan University, UK. Samuel is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. He is a Series Editor of Springer International’s books on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance, an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of CSR and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Economics and Business Administration.

Sarah Margaretha Jastram
Professor of International Business Ethics and Sustainability
HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Sarah Margaretha Jastram holds the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Chair of International Business Ethics and Sustainability at Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) in Germany. Her research and her teaching focus on Sustainable Leadership, CSR Governance and Human Rights. Prof. Jastram has published in international journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics.

Nayan Mitra
Developmental Consultant

Nayan Mitra comes with a rich mix of diverse professional experience where she straddles seamlessly between academics, social and corporate sectors. As a Developmental Consultant, she has worked closely with some of the eminent Corporations and not-for profits of India as well as being in their Advisory and Board level capacity. She has conducted several social researches for multi-lateral agencies; the findings of which have become important bases for sustainable action. She has been a resource person in eminent Institutions of higher learning in the areas of CSR and Corporate Governance and has important peer reviewed research publications to her credit in international and national Academic journals and books as well as delivered at key Conferences. She spearheads the India CSR Leadership series under her name, which is a resounding success among various cross-functional stakeholders. She was a finalist of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence – 2013, as conferred by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British Deputy High Commission.

Danica Purg
IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia)

Professor Danica Purg is the President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia, and President of CEEMAN, the international association for management development in dynamic societies, which brings together 220 management development institutions from 55 countries. She is also responsible for leading UN Global Compact Slovenia and the European Leadership Center (ELC). In 2010, Prof. Purg received the International Educator of the Year Award from the Academy of International Business (AIB) for her outstanding achievements in international business education. In 2013, she became the Chair of the PRME Steering Committee and in July 2017, the Global UN PRME Forum awarded Prof. Purg for her pioneering work in establishing the UN PRME initiative. Prof. Purg is a Professor of Leadership and Effective Management at the IEDC-Bled School of Management. She authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on leadership issues, her special field of interest is looking for inspirations for managers from art and other professions.

René Schmidpeter
Professor of International Business Ethics and Sustainability
CBS Cologne Business School (Germany)

René Schmidpeter holds the Dr. Juergen Meyer Endowed Chair of International Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at Cologne Business School (CBS), Germany. He is also a professor at the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics and Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He is a series editor for Springer’s CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance books, a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (ECSR) and an editor of the Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (DCSR) as well as Editor-inChief of the International Journal of CSR (Springer).

Joachim Schwalbach
Professor Emeritus of International Management
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

Joachim Schwalbach is Professor emeritus of International Management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. From 2004-2006 he was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics. He was a visiting professor at various universities like Harvard, Santa Barbara, Stanford GSB, and Toulouse; and is visiting regularly Peking University-Guanghua School of Management and Sun Yat-sen – Business School in Guangzhou.

Joachim Schwalbach’s research and consulting fields are: corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, responsible leadership, and executive pay, effective boards of directors, corporate and CEO reputation management, and international market entry. He is editor and associate editor for various academic book series and journals, and published books and many articles in leading academic journals.

Joachim Schwalbach was and is on several advisory boards, like as deputy-chairman at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW), 2011-2014, and INFRANEU-Hauptverband für den Ausbau der Infrastrukturen und Nachhaltigkeit, since 2016.

Joachim Schwalbach organizes the world’s premier international conference on corporate sustainability and responsibility since its inception in 2004.

Arnold Smit
Associate Professor of Business in Society
University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa)

Arnold Smit is the Head of Social Impact and Associate Professor of Business in Society at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. His research and teaching are focused on the contextualization and integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in management education and organizational practice. He also works in executive education where his core expertise is in learning process design and program facilitation in the areas of values-based leadership, corporate governance and sustainability management. He serves on several governing and advisory bodies amongst which are the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, the Business Ethics Network of Africa and the USB-ED International Advisory Board. In his early career he served as a parish minister, a leadership and organizational development consultant and a human resources executive.

John Spengler
Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

John Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, and Director of the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Several of his investigations have focused on housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, building materials’ selection, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes. Spengler chaired the committee on Harvard Sustainability Principles; served on Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Taskforce to develop the University’s carbon reduction goals and strategies; and was a member of Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Executive Committee.

Kanji Tanimoto
Professor of Business and Society
School of Commerce at Waseda University (Japan)

Kanji Tanimoto is the Professor in Business and Society at the School of Commerce, Waseda University, Japan. He is the Founder and President of the Japan Forum of Business and Society, an academic association dedicated to exploring the intersection between sociology and business. He is an editorial member of a number of journals. Additionally, he has been active as a consultant and has advised numerous leading Japanese companies on the topic of CSR management over the last 20 years. His research interests are primarily concerned with the relationship between business and society, especially corporate social responsibility, social enterprises and social innovation.

Teng-Tsai Tu
President of the Ecological Development Union Asia (EDUA)
National Taipei University (Taiwan)

Dr. Teng-Tsai Tu, president of the Ecological Development Union, Asia (EDUA), is a faculty member of National Taipei University in Taiwan. He also is a listee of the IBC (International Biographical Centre) top 100 educators since 2015. His interest of research includes pricing models of the derivatives, portfolio management, ethical investment, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and behavioral finance involving the trading and hedging strategies for investors. Dr. Tu further tries to dedicate his effort to the areas of green finance, green economics and green business.

Sandra Waddock
Professor of Management
Boston College’s Carroll School of Management (USA)

Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and a Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.  Winner of numerous awards, including the 2016, she has published around 140 papers and multiple books, including “Healing the World” (Routledge/Greenleaf, 2017) and “Intellectual Shamans” (Cambridge, 2014). Her current research interests include large system change, corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism, and management education.

Mohammad Hossein Rahmati
Assistant Professor in Management
University of Tehran (Iran)

Dr. Mohammad Hossein Rahmati is an Assistant Professor in Management faculty at University of Tehran (Iran) and a professional in Organization Development (OD) and structure design. As a scholar on Organization Development, Dr. Rahmati has initiated and led the OD teams during recent years. He has good experiences on change management and OD in entrepreneurship and has conducted many studies on organizations mortality and has played an important role as a consultant to Iranian SMEs. He has published vastly on the topic and is the author of 5 books in Change management (in Persian).He is one of the editors of the Iranian journal of management studies (IJMS) and He is also highly invited with the public organizations and private corporations for redesigning structures.

Conference Organisers

René Schmidpeter
Head Chair

Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at CBS Cologne Business School GmbH

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 this 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 contact me and my team at any time.

Your René Schmidpeter and CASM Team

Joachim Schwalbach

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

“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.”

Sarah Jastram

HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration

“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 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!”