Austria BCSD (respACT)

Chairman
Peter J. Oswald, CEO Europe & International, Mondi

Managing Director
Daniela Knieling

Background information
The Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development (ABCSD) was founded in 1997 and merged with respACTAustria to respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development in 2007.

The respACT-mission…
The association supports its members along the path to ecological and social sustainability. In public respACT - austrianbusiness council for sustainable development presents itself as the leader for all questions, concepts and queries regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development.

… and vision
Austrian enterprises are committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development and conduct business along these ideas. It is their firm conviction that economic success as well as social and ecological responsibility cannot be separated. They embrace their responsibility towards marketplace as well as employees, society and environment. CSR is not a PR-tool but rather a management-concept based on the values of Sustainable Development.

Activities
The most important areas of activity for the association, respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development, are communication and public relations, exchange of experiences as well as knowledge transfer and education. Through dialogue with important stakeholders, unresolved issues in these fields are discussed and possible solutions developed.

Our organisation offers innovative concepts and projects concerning CSR and sustainability, a platform to discuss ideas and experiences, a dialogue with politics, people and media as well as promotion of companies’ successful sustainability/CSR projects.