Spokesman of the Board of Trustees

Professor Dieter Kempf, President Federation of German Industries (BDI) 

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Wolfgang Große Entrup, Head of Corporate Sustainability & Business Stewardship, Bayer AG

Executive Director

Dr. Thomas Koenen

Background information

econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business is a network of globally operating companies committed to integrating sustainability into business practice. econsense was founded in 2000 by the Federation of German Industries BDI in order to actively address sustainability challenges and promote sustainable development in business. Today, econsense is a valued contact for stakeholders in public policy, science, civil society and business alike.

econsense connects its members on an international and national level and enables an open discussion of chances as well as challenges of implementing sustainability – always with a focus on the business case for sustainability.


The work of econsense is driven by the ideas, expertise and active participation of our members. In the econsense project groups, experts from member companies discuss relevant cross-sectoral aspects of sustainability management.

Project groups

  • Environment & Climate
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Sustainability in the Supply Chain
  • SDGs & Digital Transformation
  • Environmental & Social Impact Assessment
  • Reporting & Rating
  • Sustainability Communication

econsense provides a dialogue platform for the development of sustainable business practices. Activities include:

  • Position papers and studies
  • Expert workshops and trainings
  • Stakeholder events
  • Regional CSR practice days for SMEs