Student:innen fassen zusammen

Business in dialogue on: sustainable developments dates in WS 2020/21


"The W:NE seminar provided interesting contributions and discussions. The contributions have encouraged us to take a closer look at the topic of sustainable development and the challenges related to this issue. Sustainable development includes not only ecological, but also social and economic aspects. These contributions have explained that sustainable development can be promoted at different levels. These include the individual mindset, the role of education, the role of politics and institutions and strategies for implementing sustainable development in a company.

These discussions encourage both lecturers and participants to look at sustainability from different perspectives and to develop new ideas related to sustainability." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"This contribution has an impact on both individual resilience and corporate sustainability. Many people suffer from mental health problems due to stress and pressure. Fostering curiosity helps to cope with these problems and live a healthier life. On an organisational level fostering curiosity leads to a better understanding of future problems. These include the trends of sustainability and digitalisation. The ability of innovation enables a company to position itself on the market in the long run." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"Employers have a responsibility towards their employees. In addition to ecological aspects, it is also important that social aspects play a central role in the sustainability debate. The study can make an important contribution to the emancipation of LGBTIQ*-persons and their equality in society. In addition, the public sector can take on a lead role for the equality of LGBTIQ*-persons, as it is the largest employer in Germany and is seen as a role model for other companies." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"The challenges related to environmental and social issues requires the incorporation of sustainability in an organisation’s decision. Sustainable development requires knowledge and skills around sustainability. Therefore students need to be familiar with these aspects in order to be able to make decisions that promote sustainable development in the future. Through the knowledge and competences learned from the business curriculum, students can later help shape a future in which social and environmental aspects influence business decisions and thus promote sustainability." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"The role of the sustainability manager within a company is becoming more and more important. Their position and tasks within an organisation are often very vague. By learning to legitimise themselves, sustainability managers can make a greater contribution to the sustainable development of an organisation." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"The economic activity has been the main focus in the neoclassical theory in economics so far. However, the way economies have been managed has led to a number of sustainability problems that threaten us today. Therefore it is important for economic systems to be reassessed in order to solve the problems caused or to limit the damage. The ecological crisis can be limited if economists take ecological and social aspects into account and include them in their science. This could reduce the damage caused by economic activities in the future." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"The global challenges of climate change require solutions. It is doubtful whether the climate can be saved by technical innovations, as stipulated by the Green Deal. A sustainability transformation according to the Green New Deal require more drastic changes to be made. This requires the strengthening of democratic politics. Using the example of Don Camillo and Peppone, one can see that the correct execution of the two dimensions of "solving problems" and "dealing with conflicts" can lead to the development of a new idea of climate policy and to a sustainability transformation." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"Sustainable development requires a change of the mindset. The way we currently consume and live has serious social and environmental consequences. A forward-looking mindset can help us to assess the consequences of our actions and adapt our way of life to the challenges ahead." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)

"In a  study conducted in 2018, 47% of managers surveyed said they had failed to implement sustainability transformation. This show that it is not enough for a company just to define a goal of sustainable development. For a sustainability transformation to succeed, sustainability must be integrated into all processes of an organisation and a culture of sustainability must be created. The Seven Pillars approach to sustainability supports companies in their sustainability transformation and thereby promotes sustainable development." (Tamara Mathiowetz und Fabian Garcia Lagos, 2021)


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Klüh


Sarah Fernandez Mantilla


Jessica Alexandrovha Muñoz Montes