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Lessons from Practice

In different formats, we invite practitioners for lectures in front of our students. Below, you can find an overview of past lectures: 

CC504 Lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility

In our largest lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility, which is attended by approx. 450 Master students each year, we cover different topics related to sustainable management in a total of seven sessions (from basic theories of CSR to more current approaches such as Creating Shared Value to Social Business and Sharing Economy as current trends). In each session, we also integrate a guest speaker from business practice who reflects the content from a practitioner's perspective.

  • Fall 2015

    • Alexander Krämer, Social Business Developer at Afb
    • Larissa Beumer, Arctic Campaigner at Greenpeace
    • Ulf Wenzig, CSR Manager at IKEA Germany
    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola
    • Christina Guthier & Isabella Glott, Foodsharing Mannheim
  • Spring 2016

    • Alexander Krämer, Social Business Developer at Afb
    • Larissa Beumer, Arctic Campaigner at Greenpeace
    • Philipp Meister, Materials Sustainability Manager at Adidas
    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola

     

  • Fall 2016

    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola
    • Dr. Christian Bussau, Marine Expert at Greenpeace
    • Hendrik Heuermann, CSR Manager at H&M
    • Dr. Kurt Michels, Divisional Compliance Officer Trucks, Buses & Vans at Daimler AG
    • Alexander Krämer, CSR Manager at Afb Social and Green IT
  • Spring 2017

    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola
    • Prof. Niko Paech, Dr. Johannes Merck of OTTO, Dr. Alexander Brunst of Caterwings
    • Götz Werner, Founder of dm-drogerie markt
    • Alex Kraemer, CSR Manager at Afb Social & Green IT
    • Dr. Will Ritzrau, Director Sustainability at SAP
    • Diana Wicht, CSR Manager at McDonalds
    • Rüdiger Senft, CSR Manager at Commerzbank
    • Martin Kluck, Founder of Kipepeo
    • Johannes Stuhler & Gert-Jan van Wijk, Founders of ListnRide
  • Fall 2017

    • Apu Gosalia, Vice President Sustainability at Fuchs Petrolub
    • Stephanie Schweyer, Phineo
    • Andrea Dreifke-Pieper, Director of Sustainable Business at WWF
    • Axel Bachmann, General Manager Sustainability at Coca Cola
    • Alex Kraemer, CSR Manager at Afb Social & Green IT
    • Salah Said, Program Manager at Social Impact
    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola
  • Spring 2018

    • Marina Stassinopoulos and Kay Tepper, Decathlon
    • Martin Kluck, Kipepeo
    • Katharina Hetze, GIZ
    • Alexandra von der Ploeg, SAP
    • Christian Hell, KPMG 
    • Uwe Lübbermann, Premium Cola
    • Manuel Kreitmeier, SocEntBW
  • Fall 2018

    • Uwe Lübbermann, Premium Cola
    • Achim Drewes, Nestlé
    • Annette Hillerich, Amnesty International
    • Martin Wesian, Helioz
    • Rüdiger Senft, Commerzbank
    • Elias Schwenk, Norma Group
    • Johannes Stuhler and Gert-Jan van Wijk, Listnride
  • Spring 2019

    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola
    • Karin Heyl, Vice President Social Engagement & Work-Life-Management and Thorsten Pinkepank, Director CS Relations, BASF SE
    • Christian Hübel, Strategic Manager, City of Mannheim
    • Venkata Pilla, Eye Witness of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy
    • Volker Proffen, Manager Public Affairs & Sustainability, Südzucker
    • Andrea Pernkopf, Managing Director Help Alliance, Lufthansa
    • Jonathan Przybylski, Sustainability Manager, Vonovia
    • Carsten Hahn, Director Research and Innovation, SAP
  • Fall 2019

    • Uwe Lübbermann, Founder of Premium Cola
    • Talke Schaffrannek, Director Applied Sustainability, BASF
    • Vinay Singh, Data Analytics Manager at BASF
    • Johanna Fuoß, Specialist in Clothing and Textile, PETA
    • Ann-Sophie Stoppelkamp, Associate, Risk Assurance Solutions at PwC 
    • Patrick Liebmann, CO2 Strategy Manager, and Tobias Hartmann, CSR Manager, HeidelbergCement
    • Philipp von der Wippel, Project Together
    • Isabelle Kempf, umgekrempelt
  • Spring 2020

    • Uwe Lübbermann, Premium Cola
    • Astrid Aupperle and Josef Sühr, Microsoft Germany
    • Jan Köpper, GLS Bank
    •  Susan Ranchber, right. based on science
    •  Elena Kirova, share 

Digital Changemakers Summit (formerly CSR-Wochenende)

In multiple talks and workshops over two days, the Digital Changemakers Summit focuses on a varying, recent topic in the intersection of digitalization and sustainability. For these talks and workshops, we invite members of various organizations.

  • Spring 2016

    • Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt, Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung
    • Gregor Weber, Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative “ACT-ORANGE…save our planet“ und renervis consulting
    • Apu Gosalia, Vice President Sustainability & Global Competitive Intelligence, FUCHS PETROLUB SE
  • Fall 2016

    • Apl. Prof. Dr. Niko Paech, Lehrstuhl für Produktion und Umwelt, Universität Oldenburg
    • Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Bochum
    • Alissa Sekulic, Brax
    • Martin Kluck, Kipepeo Clothing
    • Kristin Heckmann, Hess Natur
    • Judith Drewke und Saskia Rudolph, jas sustainable slow fashion
  • Spring 2017

    • Carolin Krautz, Volkswagen
    • Angela Dörflinger, Akademisches Auslandsamt der Universität Mannheim
    • Karl-Heinz Obert, SAP
    • Lisa Fiedler, VAUDE
  • Fall 2017

    • Sarah Lenz, Bergzeit GmbH
    • Lisa Fiedler, VAUDE Sport
    • Peter Welk, Deutscher Alpenverein
  • Spring 2018

    • Dr. Hartmut Unger, BASF
    • Marcus Becker, SAP
    • Linn Schöllhorn, KinderHelden
    • Stephanie Frost, Vostel
  • Spring 2019

    • Eva-Maria Endres, Sustainable Food Academy
    • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maaß, Director of the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    • Talke Schaffranek, Director Applied Sustainability BASF
    • Alfred Jansen, Sustainability Manager at Iglo
  • Fall 2019

    • Simone Maienfisch, Director Future Cities, SAP
    • Christian Hübel, Strategic Manager, City of Mannheim
    • Manuela Ojan, Senior Manager Public Affairs and Sustainable Construction, HeidelbergCement
    • Alexandra Herget, Co-Founder, TUTAKA
    • Dr. Paula Maria Bögel, Postdoctoral Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    • Talke Schaffrannek, Director Applied Sustainability, BASF
  • Spring 2020

    • Prof. Dr. Braungart
    • Talke Schaffrannek, BASF
    • Stefan Weisenberger, SAP
    • Christoph Teusch & Erik Poppe, AfB & TU Berlin
    • Isabelle Kempf, umgekrempelt Mannheim
    • Elisabeth Kraut, WÜRTH

    Further Offerings

  • Social Value Creation with Adidas, Spring 2017

    In this module, the students' objective was to develop a framework that enables Adidas to measure its social impact. In order to succeed in this real-life challenge, feedback and support was offered by chair members and the following practitioners.

    • Andreas Rickert, Phineo
    • Philipp Meisters, Adidas
    • Robert Nuttall, Fortitude
    • Alexander Kraemer, AfB
  • Startery University, Spring 2017

    At the “Startery University”, student teams formed a social enterprise with the help of SAP, Social Impact, and our Chair. The following practitioners supported this class:

    • Salah Said, Social Impact
    • Michael Wunsch, Cool Ideas Society
    • Holger Heinze
    • Gloria Amuroso, kein Abseits! e.V.
  • Digital Social Innovation Lab, Spring and Fall 2019

    In this class, supported by SAP, students worked in teams of four to five and apply Design Thinking methods to develop an idea for a digital social start-up. They were supported by:

    • Manuel Kreitmeir, SocEnt BW
    • Björn Pospiech, SocEnt BW
    • Alexander Bernhard, SocEnt BW
    • Reza Solhi
    • Simon Stegemann, N3xtcoder
    • Zara Bruhn, Social Bee
    • Miriam Bruhn, Social Bee
    • Patryk Kopik, agorize
  • CSR Film Festival, Spring 2017 – Fall 2019

    In this class, students prepared documentaries covering various sustainability-related topics such as digital social innovation, sustainable cities, and corporate political activism. The final film festival was not only a chance to view the documentaries but also to get in touch with the film makers and interview partners, such as:

    • Elke Schwing, Roche Diagnostics GmbH
    • Farid Bidardel, Social Impact Lab
    • Alexander Kraemer, ehemals AfB
    • Stefanie Paul, Caritasverband Mannheim
    • Corinna Pape, ettli
    • Christian Hübel, Stadt Mannheim