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2013 SLOW LIFE Symposium

Positive Change & ACTION

The 2013 SLOW LIFE Symposium will catalyse new partnerships to tackle the most pressing environmental problems of our time. Around 30 Internationally successful visionaries - an eclectic mix of business leaders, investors, scientists, Hollywood, senior travel media and environmentalists will engage in three days of informed debates, collaborative workshops, culminating with an 'Innovation Bazaar' in which they pitch to each other tangible and concrete öideas for future collaboration.


Food Industry Needs More Collaborations to Address Sustainability Issues

European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit

More collaborative partnerships are required to address the sustainability challenges faced by the food industry. This was one of the major outcomes of the European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit (, which took place on June 6-7th. Over 160 senior executives convened in Amsterdam to discuss sustainability issues in the food industry.


forum CSR international 2/2012

Free E-Book

The new edition of forum CSR international has just been published. This preliminary online version shows sustainable solutions for the issues of biodiversity and energy. It analyses not only energy-efficient business models, but also future economic impacts of ecosystems on businesses and highlights ground-breaking solutions to companies' dependencies on biodiversity.


Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz reveal The B Team Leaders

Kick-start a Plan B for business

The B Team, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, revealed its starting line-up of business leaders today. They will work together to deliver a new way of doing business that prioritises people and planet alongside profit - a "Plan B" for businesses the world over.


Breaking Through the Green Glass Ceiling

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit on 16-18th May 2013 in New York

A major challenge that organic and sustainable brands face is how to break through the green glass ceiling. How can such brands break out of their niche status and gain a mainstream following? How can they maintain their core green values, whilst appealing to wider consumer groups? Organic Monitor ( gives some insights into this growth conundrum.


Responsible Investments rather than "Land Grabbing"

In conjunction with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the sustainable conference "SusCon" will discuss responsible investments in land.

The business of land acquisition is flourishing. In the past decade, investors have bought or leased more than 48 million hectares of land worldwide, though more than one third of these transactions have taken place in African countries. Much of this frantic activity is best described as "Land Grabbing", i.e. the land is acquired entirely for the exploitation of natural resources for exportation without benefitting the local population. Benevolent investments in land, agriculture and forestry that create new job opportunities and improve infrastructure are now urgently needed in developing countries. At the SusCon conference these topics, along with strategies for responsible investments in land, will be discussed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Auma Obama to Attend SusCon in Bonn

Obama: 'Poverty, Ecology and Economy are closely linked '

Prominent visitor to the UN city, Bonn. Dr Auma Obama, sister of the incumbent US President, Barack Obama, will deliver the opening speech of the international sustainability conference SusCon. SusCon, the largest follow-up conference to Rio+20, will take place on November 27-28, 2012 in Bonn, Germany. With the UN World Summit in Rio de Janeiro having yielded few results, the aim of SusCon 2012 is to find practical measures that will bring an actual transition to a "Green Economy", and therefore move the world economy to an economic system based on sustainability and the conservation of resources. Auma Obama will demonstrate in Bonn the significance of combating poverty for a sustainable economy.


Economic Impact of Protected Areas in Europe

How businesses can benefit from the economic values of protected areas

In Europe, many different tools are used for protecting biodiversity and natural areas, including the Natura 2000 network, the Habitats Directive and the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. To the European business sector, however, the potential economic value of Natural and National parks is little known. More and more companies are looking for ways to contribute to biodiversity protection. The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign and EUROPARC Federation are offering new aspects to the debate how protected areas can be maintained, and how societies can re-connect to the ecological, socio-cultural and economic value of such landscapes. European protected areas can bring measurable direct and flow-on economic benefits to local, regional, state and national economies.


Business solutions based on scientific analysis

Scientific analysis integrated into business sustainability solutions for first time by WBCSD, with Stockholm Resilience Center

Geneva - The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC) today announced an innovativecollaboration to ensure future business solutions are based on the best scientific analysis. The collaboration signals, for the first time, that the WBCSD has committed to integrating scientific analysis and resilience thinking into projects focused on accelerating business solutions for sustainability. The announcement was made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju.

Articles & Commentary|Themes|Biodiversity

The Inclusion of Biodiversity in Voluntary Performance

Standards for Business

Voluntary performance standards offer a means for companies to adopt sustainable practices, conveying benefits to the environment, society and indeed to their own business, but how well are they protecting biodiversity? A recent study by UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) reviewed the biodiversity related criteria within a number of business standards to find out. Issues raised include the lack of clarity in identifying important biodiversity and the under-use of existing biodiversity conservation approaches. This article provides an overview of existing gaps that need to be addressed in order to strengthen the ability of standards to safeguard biodiversity.

Articles & Commentary|Themes|Biodiversity

Responsibility Begins

at Your Own Front Door

Daimler AG carried out a Biodiversity Check in the framework of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign in 2011 at the Sindelfingen plant. In so doing, it recognised the economic importance of intact ecosystems and has set the course towards an environmentally friendly business practice. Having carried out the check, Daimler provides an example of how businesses can examine its business processes and value chains in relation to biodiversity.

Articles & Commentary

Awards for a Better World

2011 a series of prestigious awards in Europe honored organizations and persons who help to make the world a little better.

forum CSR international supports these events as media partner and is happy to present the variety of celebrations. Starting by the glamorous gala-events in Düsseldorf and London, to the renowned ceremonies like the Right Livelihood award in Stockholm, the B.A.U.M. Umweltpreis in Hamburg and the international Energy Globe in Austria we give you an impression about the merits of the nominees and winners. Last but not least we present the newcomer of 2012, the sustainable entrepreneurship award.

Best Practice

Development with a Social Impact

G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation

As a partner of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ), the Siemens Stiftung (Foundation) supports regional workshops for the winners of a global ideas competition. Submit your application!

Best Practice

Solutions for Tomorrow

CSR-Activities of Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology

Best Practice

Sustainability by Heart

Best Practise Experience by HIPP

CSR Commitment - For HiPP, sustainability has never just been a trendy issue. For over five decades, the family-owned company has been practicing BIO-Production and resource-saving economic activity. Beginning in the mid-80s, Professor Claus Hipp, a committed entrepreneur, began turning the topic of sustainability into an organisational objective. A corporate area dedicated to sustainability drives the implementation and further development of the HiPP sustainability goals