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3rd. International Summer Academy: "Sustainable Corporate Governance"

Summer Academy

27. September 2004  -  29. September 2004
Potsdam

Organised by:
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW), Berlin
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin

Supported by:
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Bonn
Ecological Economy Foundation (SÖW), Hanover

"Corporate Governance" so far predominantly refers to the responsibilities of the management towards their shareholders. This interpretation seems to be too narrow, not only in the light of the various corporate scandals of the past years, but also against the background of growing corporate power and scope, which particularly transnational corporations (TNCs) have gained in the course of liberalisation and globalisation. At the same time state autonomy and power are regarded as being declining, and governance deficits concerning environmental protection and sustainability can be witnessed. As a consequence, corporations are increasingly requested to take societal responsibility, in order to maintain their "licence to operate" and their societal legitimisation.

At the summer academy, international experts discussed instruments of governance systems for sustainability including corporate self control, control by civil society, and background control by the state, particularly addressing the interfaces between them.

Monday 27th

10.00 a.m.
Registration, Coffee

11.00 a.m.
Welcome
THOMAS KORBUN (IOeW)
JÜRGEN STETTEN (FES)

11.15 a.m.
KATHRIN ANKELE
"Introduction to the Summer Academy: What is the Agenda for Sustainable Corporate Governance?"

12.00 a.m.
N.N.
"Is there a Leading Role of the Industry regarding Sustainable Development?"

12.30 a.m.
Lunch

2.00 p.m.
TOM JONES
"Voluntary Approaches and OECD-Guidelines on Multinational Corporations"

2.45 p.m.
Parallel Workshops

WS 1: Corporate Initiatives of Societal Responsibility in Home and Host Countries
Dr MARIO GÓMEZ JIMÉNEZ
"Corporate Social Responsibility in Colombia"
EVITA SCHMIEG
"Corporate Social Responsibility - a new Agenda for Development Cooperation"
JESSICA BANFIELD
"Supporting Peace in Host Societies: the Role of Business in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding"

WS 2: Financial Market as a Driver towards Sustainability
INGEBORG SCHUMACHER
"Practical Contributions to Sustainability in Financial Institutions like UBS"
Prof. BERT SCHOLTENS
"Governing Green Finance"
KIREIN FRANCK
"Developing the European Responsible Consumer Fund"

4.15 p.m.
Coffee Break

4.45 p.m.
Parallel Workshops

WS 3: Evaluating the Social and Ecological Performance of Corporations
THOMAS LOEW
"Ranking of Sustainability Reports as an Indicator for Corporate Performance?"
Dr RAINE ISAKSSON
"A System Model for the Triple Bottom Line - Highlighting the Economic Dimension"
JULIA HERTIN
"Sustainability Benchmarking as an Instrument for CSR Governance?"

WS 4: (New) Partnerships between Corporations and Civil Society
ROB MAESSEN
"Circles of Stakeholders: Exploring different Relationships between Corporations and Civil Society"
Dr BERNHARD BAUSKE
"WWF Germany and Business Cooperations"
UWE KOLLING, THOMAS WEIS
"Corporate Responsibility and Community Work in Textile Manufacturing"

6.30 p.m.
End of Conference Day

7.00 p.m.
Dinner

 

Tuesday 28th

9.00 a.m.
Dr NOHA GABER
"Egyptian Experience of Promoting Corporate Environmental Compliance "

9.25 a.m.
CORNELIA HEYDENREICH
Effectivness of Government Measures and Role of NGOs
Dr HORST MINTE
Comment and own Experience

10.15 a.m.
Discussion

10.45 a.m.
Coffee Break

11.15 a.m.
Session
Impacts of Cultural Differences
BARBARA HEMKES
"King II and the South African Way towards Sustainable Corporate Governance"
MARTINA WEGNER
"Building a Global Structure for Corporate Sustainability: The Allianz Case"

12.45 a.m.
Lunch

2.15 p.m.
Parallel Workshops

WS 5: Universal Ecological and Social Standards Worldwide?
ANDREAS BOTSCH
Dr MARIANNE BEISHEIM / Dr ANDREA LIESE
"How to make Universal Standards work: More Questions than Answers?"

WS 6: Instruments for Stakeholder Engagement and Dialogue
JAMES ROSE
"The Death of the Organisation - Why Civil/Corporate Relationships need Creative Destruction"
Dr FRANK EBINGER
"NGOs as Effective Control Mechanisms of Society? Challenges out of the View of the Resource Mobilization Approach"
ALEXANDER NICK
"Levels of Stakeholder Dialogue"

3.45 p.m.
Coffee Break

4.30 p.m.
Guided Tour to Potsdam

7.00 p.m.
Dinner

 

Wednesday 29th

9.00 a.m.
Session: Perspectives on Integrated Governance Mechanisms I
Prof. JEREMY MOON
"The Governance of CSR: Developments in UK Business-Society Relations"
EVA WILLMANN DE DONLEA
"The Interface between Sustainable Corporate Governance and the Investment Industry"

10.15 a.m.
Coffee Break

10.45 a.m.
Session
Perspectives on Integrated Governance Mechanisms II
Dr HOLGER BRACKEMANN
"Investigating Aspects of Corporate Responsibility as a Supplement to Product Tests - the Approach taken by Stiftung Warentest"
Dr JENS CLAUSEN
"Civil Society´s Influence on Sustainable Markets - an entrepreneurial Approach"

12.00 a.m.
Discussion
Chair: WERNER ECKERT
Requirements of Sustainable Corporate Governance
- Corporations: Culture, Values, Instruments, Learning, i.a.
- Civil Society, NGOs: Resources, Capacity, Information, Legitimacy, i.a.
- State: Instruments, Vision, i.a.
- Science: Role, Resources, i.a.

1.00 p.m.
Lunch

2.30 p.m.
Prof. MYUNG-RAE CHO
"Exploring a Sustainable Society: A Synopsis "

3.15 p.m.
Panel Discussion: What did we learn about Sustainable Corporate Governance in the Course of the Summer Academy? What is the Joint Understanding?

4.00 p.m.
End of the Summer Academy

Here you can download the complete conferencereader (pdf 720 kb) or choose material of individual participants.

THOMAS KORBUN
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW), Berlin (D)

JÜRGEN STETTEN
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Berlin (D)

KATHRIN ANKELE
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW), Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: What is the Agenda for Sustainable Corporate Governance?

TOM JONES
OECD, Environment Directorate, Paris (F)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Voluntary Approaches and OECD-Guidelines on Multinational Corporations

MARIO GÓMEZ JIMÉNEZ
Fundación Restrepo Barco, Bogotá (CO)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Corporate Social Responsibility in Colombia

EVITA SCHMIEG
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Corporate Social Responsibility – a new Agenda for Development Cooperation

JESSICA BANFIELD
International Alert, London (UK)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Supporting Peace in Host Societies: The Role of Business in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

INGEBORG SCHUMACHER
UBS AG, Basel (CH)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Practical Contributions to Sustainability in Financial Institutions like UBS

Prof. BERT SCHOLTENS
Department of Finance, University of Groeningen (NL)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Governing Green Finance

KIREIN FRANCK
Institut für Markt-Umwelt-Gesellschaft e.V. (imug), Hanover (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Developing the European Responsible Consumer Fund

THOMAS LOEW
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW), Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation:Ranking of Sustainability Reports as an Indicator for Corporate Performance?

Dr RAINE ISAKSSON
Gotland University, Visby (SE)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: A System Model for the Triple Bottom Line – Highlighting the Economic Dimension

JULIA HERTIN
Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton (UK)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Sustainability Benchmarking as an Instrument for CSR Governance?

ROB MAESSEN
Institute for Globalization and Sustainable Development, Tilburg University (NL)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Circles of Stakeholders: Exploring different Relationships between Corporations and Civil Society

Dr BERNHARD BAUSKE
WWF Deutschland, Frankfurt/M. (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: WWF Germany and Business Cooperations Teil 1 , Teil 2

UWE KOLLING and THOMAS WEIS
Switcher, Le Mont/Lausanne (CH)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Corporate Responsibility and Community Work in Textile Manufacturing

Dr NOHA GABER
Ecoconserve, Cairo (ET)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Egyptian Experience of Promoting Corporate Environmental Compliance

CORNELIA HEYDENREICH
Germanwatch, Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Comment and own Experience

Dr HORST MINTE
Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg (D)
Presentation: Comment and own Experience

BARBARA HEMKES
Clausthaler Umwelttechnik-Institut GmbH, Clausthal Zellerfeld (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: King II and the South African Way towards Sustainable Corporate Governance

MARTINA WEGNER
Center for Corporate Citizenship, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Building a Global Structure for Corporate Sustainability: The Allianz Case

ANDREAS BOTSCH
Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB), Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract

Dr. MARIANNE BEISHEIM and Dr. ANDREA LIESE
Institute for Political Science, Free University Berlin; Deutscher Bundestag, MdB-Büro Dr E. U. von Weizsäcker, Berlin (D) / Institute for Political Science, Free University Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: How to make Universal Standards work: More Questions than Answers?

JAMES ROSE
Asia-Pacific Ethical Corporation, Sydney (AU)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: The Death of the Organisation – Why Civil/Corporate Relationships need Creative Destruction

Dr. FRANK EBINGER
Institute of Forestry Economics, University of Freiburg (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: NGOs as Effective Control Mechanisms of Society? Challenges out of the View of the Resource Mobilization Approach

ALEXANDER NICK
Institute for Organisational Communication (IFOK), Bensheim (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Levels of Stakeholder Dialogue

Prof. JEREMY MOON
International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), University of Nottingham (UK)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: The Governance of CSR: Developments in UK Business-Society Relations

EVA WILLMANN DE DONLEA
Conscious Investors Pty Ltd, Sydney (AU)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: The Interface between Sustainable Corporate Governance and the Investment Industry

Dr HOLGER BRACKEMANN
Stiftung Warentest, Berlin (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Investigating Aspects of Corporate Responsibility as a Supplement to Product Tests – the Approach taken by STIFTUNG WARENTEST

Dr JENS CLAUSEN
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW), Hanover (D)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Civil Society´s Influence on Sustainable Markets – an entrepreneurial Approach

WERNER ECKERT
SWR-Fachredaktion "Umwelt und Ernährung", Mainz (D)

Prof. MYUNG-RAE CHO
School of Political Economics, Dankook University (ROK)
Curriculum Vitae and Abstract
Presentation: Exploring a Sustainable Society

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