Spokesman of the Board of Trustees
Ulrich Grillo

Managing Director
Dr. Thomas Koenen

Background information
econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business, is an association of leading globally-active German companies with a shared objective of promoting sustainable development and corporate responsibility. Founded in 2000 as an initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), econsense today is one of the leading corporate platforms for dialogue with politics, science, media and societal groups on the overall concept of sustainable development. The forum is also used by its members for the mutual exchange of competence aimed at achieving shared goals and identifying best practice.

Our issues include:

  • Environmental & Climate Issues:
  • Demographic change:
    Ecosystems and Biodiversity;
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Environmental & Social Impact Assessment
  • Sustainability ratings and rankings, role of the financial markets in sustainable development.
  • Communication on Sustainability
  • Responsible supply chain management
  • Sustainability Change Management

Our activities include:

  • Projects and internet portals;
  • Dialogue events – including the annual meetings in Nauen near Berlin, workshops on numerous specialist issues, and our “Sustainability Get-togethers” in Berlin;
  • Our dialogue papers, position papers, and other publications;
  • Examples of best practice in companies;
  • Newsletter every two months;
  • Journalism prize.