Jan Köbbing

Lower Sax­o­ny Alli­an­ce for Sus­taina­bi­li­ty – Count us in!

Klasmann-Deilmann has been com­men­ded for doing busi­ness sus­tainab­ly by the ‘Lower Sax­o­ny Alli­an­ce for Sustainability’.

Klasmann-Deilmann has belon­ged to the ‘Lower Sax­o­ny Alli­an­ce for Sus­taina­bi­li­ty’ for just under 10 years now. A net­work of busi­nes­ses, NGOs and poli­cy­ma­kers see­king to move for­ward sus­tainab­le deve­lo­p­ment wit­hin the federal sta­te, the Alli­an­ce comes tog­e­ther in the form of a major gathe­ring at least once a year.

This time round, Lower Saxony’s Envi­ron­ment Minis­ter Olaf Lies wel­co­med 120 par­ti­ci­pants from the worlds of busi­ness and poli­tics, as well as com­mu­ni­ty sta­ke­hol­ders, to the Alliance’s annu­al event. At Hannover’s ‘Haus der Wirt­schaft’ (House of Com­mer­ce and Indus­try), they dis­cus­sed cur­rent chal­len­ges and the pos­si­bi­li­ties of know­ledge management.

Pro­fes­sor Chris­toph Igel of the Ger­man Rese­arch Cent­re for Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (DFKI) in Ber­lin high­ligh­ted the chan­ging expec­ta­ti­ons con­cer­ning know­ledge reten­ti­on in the pri­va­te sec­tor. It will, he said, be a tre­men­dous chal­len­ge to use new tech­no­lo­gi­cal solu­ti­ons so that com­pa­nies can pro­fit by harn­essing data streams bet­ween man and machi­ne. A cru­cial fac­tor in this is con­scious­ly embra­cing ‘new logics’ in digi­ti­sa­ti­on, as is a redis­tri­bu­ti­on of roles bet­ween peop­le and machi­nes. Igel added that he hoped small and medi­um-sized enter­pri­ses, too, would explo­re issu­es sur­roun­ding the use and incor­po­ra­ti­on of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. It beca­me clear in a sub­se­quent podi­um dis­cus­sion, howe­ver, that per­so­nal know­ledge sharing is, and will remain, the method most likely to be successful.

At this year’s event, and for the first time, 11 com­pa­nies recei­ved a spe­cial desi­gna­ti­on com­men­ding them for doing busi­ness sus­tainab­ly. Under the ban­ner Wir sind dabei (‘Count us in’), the Alli­an­ce hono­u­red the efforts of firms that are com­mit­ted to being sus­tainab­le in their own ope­ra­ti­ons and that imple­ment spe­ci­fic mea­su­res wit­hin all three key aspects of sus­taina­bi­li­ty – com­mer­cial, envi­ron­men­tal and social. Repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from the Alli­an­ce pre­sen­ted sty­lish door pla­tes to the com­pa­nies being reco­gnis­ed. Klasmann-Deilmann had app­lied for this award back in April.

Dr Vol­ker Mül­ler, chief exe­cu­ti­ve of Lower Saxony’s employ­ers’ con­fe­de­ra­ti­on (Unter­neh­mer­ver­bän­de Nie­der­sach­sen, UVN) (left) pre­sen­ted the dis­tinc­tion to Dr Jan Köb­bing (Pro­duc­tion & Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Management).