Projects on Sustainability Management

 

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please be aware, that all our projects with "CSR" in the title deal with sustainability management in the core business.

As most of our work is done in German, only the German pages of this website provide all information available.

Promoting Sustainability Management in Latin America

  • Información en español

    The project "Promoting sustainability management in Latin America" compares sustainability standards and conducts an exchange of experience between Mexico, Chile and Germany. The results shall support companies in Latin America to implement an effective sustainability management.

    Companies are confronted with a confusing variety of ever more sustainability requirements. The EU alone names over 20 standards and guidelines for sustainability management and reporting. In addition, more and more large companies are imposing sustainability requirements on their suppliers.

    The following standards are among the most prominent:
    Equator Principles
    UN-Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights
    UN Sustainable Development Goals
    OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct
    ISO 14001
    ISO 26000
    Etc.

    These standards have many overlaps, but they are not easy to identify due to different wording and objectives.
     
    Against this background the projectpartners
    1) develop the core elements of a systematic sustainability management to show that all relevant requirements are covered. Also the requirements that European companies place on their suppliers are considered.
    2) use company examples to demonstrate the implementation of systematic sustainability management in practice
    3) illustrate the advantages of systematic sustainability management (risk avoidance, customer relations, innovations).

    The project is based on the following modules:

    Study: Analysis of central standards for sustainability management, identification of general management system elements, screening of the requirements of large companies for their suppliers

    Workshops: Four workshops were held in Chile and Mexico in April 2018 to discuss the interim results of the study. Chilean, Mexican and German companies presented their experiences in sustainability management.

    Brochure: A brochure is published for companies and multipliers to disseminate the knowledge gained.

    Project data Sustainability Management in Latin America

    Funding:

    German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (FKZ: 16EXI2241A)

    Projectpartners:

    APLE (Consultora Ambiental para la Industria), Santiago de Chile.
    José Miguel Lehuedé, Rafael Lorenzini

    CESPEDES (Comisión de Estudios del Sector Privado para el Desarrollo Sustentable), Mexico-City.
    José Ramón Ardavin Iduarte, Luisa Manzanares Papayanopoulos

    Institute for Sustainability, Berlin.
    Thomas Loew (Scientific Director)

    World Environment Center Europe e.V. (WEC Europe), Munich.
    Frank Werner (Project Director)

    World Environment Center (WEC), Washington, D.C.
    Ernesto Samayoa Denys, Christian Izquierdo Cruz

    Duration:

    November 2017 - November 2018

CSR and Risk Management

  • Some of the main reasons for the 2008 financial and economic crisis are shortcomings and failures in risk management. Criticism especially relates to the focus on a limited set of technical indicators, which led to neglecting relevant risks. This criticism coincides with the current practice regarding the consideration of ecological megatrends such as climate change and the shortage of natural resources in corporate risk management and in the financial markets. Business risks resulting from these trends find little attention.

    In the project "CSR and Risk Management" the relationship between CSR and risk management is systematically analysed. The research design consists of a literature study, an analysis of annual reports of German and international companies, interviews with German and international experts and an expert workshop.

    The project was funded by German Environmental Ministry.

    Project Data

    Projectpartners: future e.V., Institute 4 Sustainability, Borderstep
    Researcher: Sabine Braun, Thomas Loew, Jens Clausen
    Funding: German Federal Environmental Ministry
    November 2009 - Oktober 2010

    Publication

    Loew T, Clausen J, Rohde F (2011)

    CSR und Risikomanagement: Gesetzliches und freiwilliges Risikomanagement und die Rolle von Corporate Social Responsibility <CSR and Riskmanagment: Mandatory and Voluntary Riskmanagment and the role of Corporate Social Responsibility> 

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Management of CR - Brochure for PwC

  • The questions how to organise CR systematically and how relates CR to environmental management have been asked frequently in the recent years. On behalf of PwC the autors developed a model which describes organisational structure, responsibilities, needs for coordination and integration. The brochure covers all relevant issues to manage CR systematically.

    Publication

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (2009)
    Unternehmerische Verantwortung praktisch umsetzen: Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement, <Corporate Responsibility organised in Business: Sustainability Management> Frankfurt (Authors: Sabine Braun, Dieter Horst, Thomas Loew Ulf Doerner)


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CSR and Innovation

  • With growing environmental problems and increasing scarcity of resources, we must think about technological progress in a new way. One challenge facing the business world is the need to bring innovation policies into line with ever-acuter ecologic and social trends, while still strengthening one’s ability to compete in the global economy. The project analyses the role that CSR plays for corporations’ ability to innovate, addressing whether CSR has a positive impact on innovative leadership, or provides an impetus to environmental innovation. The research design consists of a literature study, a survey and case studies conducted in the U.S. and in Germany. The project was funded by the German Federal Environmental Ministry.

    Publications

    Bundesumweltministerium (Hrsg.) (2009)
    Innovation durch CSR. Die Zukunft Nachhaltig gestalten <Innovation by CSR. Designing the future in a sustainably way>

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    Clausen J, Loew T (2009)
    CSR und Innovation: Literaturstudie und Befragung Berlin, München 2009 <CSR and Innovation: Study and Survey>

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    Clausen J, Loew T, Hall M, Loft L, Braun S (2009)
    Casestudies on CSR and Innovation: Company Cases from Germany and the USA.

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German Multi-Stakeholder Workshops on CSR

  • Since 2004 a series of workshops on CSR is carried out. Up to now the workshops focussed on

    • CSR and innovation (2008)
    • The role of sustainability megatrends for corporate strategy (2007)
    • Management of CSR (2006)
    • CSR in the supply chain (2005)
    • Verifcation of CSR reports (2005)
    • CSR: requirements for business (2004)


    For each workshop a research study was prepared. Detailled information and english presentations are available at the project page of the German CSR Workshops on this website.

    Publication

    German Federal Ministry for the Environment (Ed.) (2006)
    Corporate Social Responsibility: An Introduction from the Environmental PerspectiveBundesumweltministerium (2006)

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    Loew T, Braun S (2006)
    Organising CSR: From Environmental Management to Sustainable Corporate Governance? (German with English summary)

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    Loew T (2006)
    CSR in the Supply Chain: Challenges and Starting Points for Companies (German with English abstract)


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    Loew T.  (2005)
    Comments on the Results of the European Multistakeholder Forum on CSR, Berlin (Download Publications CSR)

The Impact of CSR on Sustainability Requirements to Business

  • The large number of different approaches and requirements for the implementation of a corporate sustainability strategy is leading to uncertainty not only in companies but also amongst stakeholders and policy makers. Questions centre on the significance of environmental protection and product orientation within the framework of the various approaches. Are environmental issues losing ground while social requirements gain more importance?

    In addition, there is a profusion of terms and definitions, encompassing everything from corporate social responsibility (CSR) through corporate citizenship (CC) to sustainability. Furthermore, the terms are defined differently at international, European and national levels.

    The study provides the political community, industry associations and companies with a classification of the approaches and a clear set of terms and definitions.

    The second part of the study analyses the business requirements within the context of the EU strategy on CSR, and against the background of the sustainability debate taking place within Germany. International SRI-experts and representatives from German stakeholder groups were consulted when the framework of sustainability requirements to companies was developed.

    Project data

    Project by future e.V. in co-operation with IÖW
    Researchers: Thomas Loew (project manager), Sabine Braun, Kathrin Ankele, Jens Clausen
    Sponsored by: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety
    Project period: 2003-2004

    Publication

    Loew T, Ankele K, Braun S, Clausen J (2004)
    Significance of the CSR Debate for Sustainability and the Requirements for Companies, Berlin, Münster

    English Summary