German Multistakeholder Workshops on CSR

The basis for the implementation of CSR is the interlinking of areas of activity previously considered separately from each other - ranging from environmental protection through personnel management to procurement and the sponsorship of cultural and charitable activities. This applies not only to the specialist departments of commercial companies, but equally to the various government bodies and different social stakeholder groups, ranging from economic and environmental associations and trade unions to human rights initiatives.

Aim of the workshops

In order to provide a forum for the discussion of CSR and approaches to its implementation, at the start of 2004, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) invited interested parties to a multistakeholder workshop. So positive was the response from participants, that a whole series of such workshops has now emerged, serving to forge links between the parties involved and providing a medium for an open exchange of experiences.

The workshops are conducted by the environmental initiative future e.V. and the Institute 4 Sustainability, supported by and on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment (BMU). Participants include leading German companies from the major industrial sectors, the Federal Ministries of the Environment, Development, Labor and Economics, the German Council for Sustainable Development, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the Federation of German Industries (BDI), econsense, trades unions, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), the technical cooperation body Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the scientific community and NGOs (BUND, Germanwatch, oxfam, UPJ).

Workshop 2007- The role of Sustainability Megatrends for corporate Strategy

In 2007 one workshop dealt with Sustainability Megatrends such as climate change, energy policy, shrinking water ressources, demografic change and how business considers these trends in their corporate strategy. The workshop had presentations from Georg Knoth, CEO General Electric Central Europe, Gerd-Ulrich Spohr, Siemens, Klaus Burmeister, Z_Punkt and others. The results will be published in a brochure in 2007.

Workshop topics 2005

The 2005 multistakeholder workshops 2005 specifically addressed the environmental dimension of CSR. The aim was to pinpoint the way in which companies' existing environmental management activities could be integrated into their CSR approach, and how to support and strengthen corporate environmental responsibility within the context of the CSR debate.

The workshops in 2005 dealt with:

  • verification of sustainability reports
  • CSR in the supply chain and
  • how to organise CSR in companies.