Making sustainability tangible and measurable – this is the aim that Dr. Axel Kölle and Dr. Christian Geßner have been pursuing since the foundation of the Center for Sustainable Leadership (Zentrum für Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung (ZNU)) in 2009. 17 employees work for the application-oriented research institute within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Society at the Witten/Herdecke University. The network for responsible corporate action currently comprises 100 members – including renowned small and medium-sized food producers, logistics and service companies. Scientific institutions and foundations are also part of the ZNU network. This corporate network represents approx. 80,000 jobs and a total turnover of approximately 25 billion euros. Through practice-oriented research, professional education on sustainability, the annual ZNU Future Conference and working groups within the ZNU partner network, the parties involved contribute to a more sustainable form of leadership. The ZNU is self-financed by these differend fields of activity.
The aim is to make sustainability a tangible concept for today’s and tomorrow’s skilled employees and executives and to convince them of sustainable corporate leadership along the lines of driving sustainable change.