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Thinking sustainably means integrated thinking. The success of sustainable development depends substantially on the networking of the participating stakeholders. For this reason, econsense continuously builds its connections with different stakeholders from politics, the economy, science and non-governmental organisations, both nationally and internationally.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

For the international dialogue, econsense concluded a partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in July 2004. The WBCSD is an international business leadership forum. Approximately 200 companies with the goal to improve sustainable development have joined forces in it. The WBCSD is active in numerous topic areas. econsense is the national chapter of the WBCSD in Germany.

CSR Europe

On the European level, econsense is the national partner organisation of CSR Europe. CSR Europe is a business-oriented network of members that works closely with the European Union. Its objective is to help companies expedite sustainable growth, profitability and progress through corporate social responsibility in their daily routines. econsense is in close contact with CSR Europe with regard to activities associated with CSR and sustainability strategy of the European Union. A lively exchange of experiences takes place in the network among the partner organisations of the various European countries.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Since 2014 econsense is partner of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The German Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Germany) was founded in April 2014 by leading German knowledge centres. The network pools knowledge, experience and capacities of German academic, corporate and civil society organisations in order to contribute to the sustainable development of Germany as well as to German efforts for sustainable development across the globe.

Business in Partnership with Youth

As a network of large corporations, for econsense the link to small and medium-sized companies is of great significance because without these types of businesses, no discussion about sustainable economic activities, corporate social responsibility and citizen commitment could occur. A regular exchange of experiences takes place via the partner organisation UPJ Network for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Social Responsibility, benefiting both sides in equal measure.

Federation of German Industries (BDI)

econsense is affiliated with the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), which initiated the forum in 2000. BDI President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Keitel is also spokesperson of econsense’s Board of Trustees.


Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.