40 episodes

Welcome to the Sustainable Business Podcast. In this podcast, Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Professor of Sustainable Business and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Universität Hamburg, interviews experts on how we can make the sustainability transformation effective.
The podcast is made for sustainability professionals, but also for students and anyone interested in sustainability management.
Podcast guests are sustainability managers, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, politicians and other changemakers who co-create the management and measurement of sustainability.

The Sustainable Business Podcast Laura Marie Edinger-Schons

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Welcome to the Sustainable Business Podcast. In this podcast, Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Professor of Sustainable Business and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Universität Hamburg, interviews experts on how we can make the sustainability transformation effective.
The podcast is made for sustainability professionals, but also for students and anyone interested in sustainability management.
Podcast guests are sustainability managers, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, politicians and other changemakers who co-create the management and measurement of sustainability.

    Stakeholder Theory and the Paradigm Shift from a Stakeholder to a Shareholder View in Business

    Stakeholder Theory and the Paradigm Shift from a Stakeholder to a Shareholder View in Business

    In this episode of The Sustainable Business Podcast R. Edward Freeman, a distinguished professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, joins Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons as her guest. As a leading expert on stakeholder theory and stakeholder management, Ed’s expertise has been pivotal in shaping these concepts. Over the course of his career, he has gained a wide range of experiences and has worked in a variety of areas. His journey includes examining stakeholder theory during his PhD in Philosophy, working as a consultant, teaching at Darden University, writing influential books such as “Strategic Management and Stakeholder Approaches” (1984), and being a speaker. During the interview, Ed sheds light on the significance and key components of stakeholder theory in the business sector. The conversation explores whether the paradigm shift between a shareholder and stakeholder view of firms has already happened or not. Ed also describes the challenge of navigating heterogenous stakeholder preferences, especially when companies address politically controversial topics and geopolitical conflicts. Additionally, he shares his opinion on whether proactive players can drive the global adoption of sustainability management and reporting.

    • 33 min
    Taking the sustainable path in and beyond business - ESG Business Integration at Henkel

    Taking the sustainable path in and beyond business - ESG Business Integration at Henkel

    Uwe Bergmann, Director ESG Business Integration at Henkel, joins Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons as a guest in this episode of The Sustainable Business Podcast to discuss past and current challenges in sustainability management. Based on his experience of more than twenty years at Henkel, he was lucky enough to build on the expertise of important sustainability pioneers, working towards standardization and certification approaches, formulating sustainability visions, and implementing them in strategy and practice. For him, achieving the vision of 9+ billion people living well within the limits of our planet requires data transparency, efficiency improvements, and the smart use of digital tools. However, he finds it most essential to engage employees and other stakeholders in the journey towards sustainability, navigating between clarity of purpose and employees’ willingness to support.

    • 44 min
    Andrew King: Between system boundaries and centralization – steering towards a holistic measure to capture a company’s impact

    Andrew King: Between system boundaries and centralization – steering towards a holistic measure to capture a company’s impact

    Prof. Dr. Andrew King, Questrom Professor in Management at Boston University, is Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons’ guest in this week’s episode of The Sustainable Business Podcast. He elaborates why, despite potential positive effects on the management level, the concept of ESG does, per definition, not imply positive effects of a firm on the planet. He shines light on the conditions that pose challenges to impact measurement and valuation: economic, environmental, and social dimensions are all embedded in their own systems, and complex dynamics make complicate the search for a single metric that centrally captures the entire impact a company has. Facing these challenges, Andrew King understands himself as a “truth-telling” academic who sets the knowledge base for decision making and policies instead of advocating for specific solutions that are often adapted too quickly. In the current momentum around standardizing ESG and sustainability reporting, he emphasizes the importance of honestly and carefully communicating the state of knowledge, acting as “stewards” of the knowledge base that is being used for decision making.

    • 32 min
    How being “enkelfähig” can drive potfolio management and can improve innovation

    How being “enkelfähig” can drive potfolio management and can improve innovation

    In this week’s episode of The Sustainable Business Podcast, Axel Berger, HOW Digital & Sustainability Lead at Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, is Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons’ guest. In the completely family-owned busuiness based in Duisburg, his mission is to make all the company’s investment portfolio “enkelfähig”, i.e., sustainable and value-creation for future generations (“grandchildren”). Axel Berger discusses the synergies between sustainability and digitalization, as well as potential emerging threats to sustainability that arise from digitalization yet emphasizes how the past years have shown that society is capable of quickly creating digital solutions to drive sustainability. To him, fostering innovation is essential to promote sustainability. At the same time, he discusses the opportunities associated with for profit companies in order to scale sustainability and make it effective and efficient, as well as the need for legislators who push these developments.

    • 31 min
    Transitioning to slow fashion - sustainable and innovative business model design in sustainable fashion

    Transitioning to slow fashion - sustainable and innovative business model design in sustainable fashion

    Reducing the pace of fashion: how can a business model for a sustainable fashion retailer look like? What are the biggest challenges along the way towards slow fashion? And why should you stick with that favorite pair of jeans as long as you can?
    In this episode of the Sustainable Business Podcast, Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons hosts Isabelle Kempf, founder of Mannheim’s sustainable fashion store “Umgekrempelt”. Isabelle discusses how she was inspired by her grandmother secretly repairing the holes of her favorite jeans, and how very personal customer and stakeholder relationships continue to shape her business model today. Since she founded her store seven years ago, Isabelle keeps pursuing her great “Why” and offers sustainable fashion, as well as repairing and educational services in sustainable fashion – even mastering tough challenges, such as the Covid crisis and several lockdowns.

    • 23 min
    Between financial markets and the real economy – towards a common understanding of an adequate ESG framework

    Between financial markets and the real economy – towards a common understanding of an adequate ESG framework

    ristina Jeromin is Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons’ guest in this episode of “The Sustainable Business Podcast”. Since 2018, Kristina Jeromin is Managing Director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany, acted as Vice Chair of Sustainable Finance Advisory Board of the German Federal Government from 2019 to 2021 and continues to be a member. During her prior work at Deutsche Börse Group in sustainability communication and as Head of Group Sustainability, she experienced the transition from sustainability approaches rather focused on charity to an increasing ESG materiality focus in the financial sector. Kristina Jermonin emphasizes the importance of a close dialogue between the financial market and the real economy to foster data transparency and a common understanding of goals towards enhanced ESG management that drives sustainable change.

    Currerntly, Kristina Jeromin and Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons collaborate, among others, on the Sustainability Transformation Monitor, a three-year survey where practitioners from the financial market and the real economy can participate at any time to give insights on the collaboration of both sectors.

    Practitioners are invited to share their experience: https://www.sustainabilitytransformation.org/

    • 22 min

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