Main activity areas are:
setting up an information and communication network between professors, young researchers and all interested people from politics, science, business and civil society;
event organization (such as workshops and conferences);
international cooperation and assistance with people and organizations pursuing the same objectives;
initiation and participation in research projects;
publication of the yearbook ´Sustainable Economics´.
Since the mid-1990s, negative developments and outcomes in the global economy became more and more visible (e.g. climate change, overexploitation of natural resources, economic instability, poverty and hunger). As a response scientists at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (German: HWR-Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin) started to develop a new sustainable school of economics, today known as `Sustainable Economics and Management`. This new sustainable economic theory distinguishes the current development of humanity as unsustainable. It identifies the need for a new vision and works with the concept of strong sustainability: economy is regarded as a subsystem of nature and natural resources are mainly non-substitutable and non-replaceable. Thus, the focus is on long-term preservation and not on optimal usage of natural resources – natural boundaries are accepted.
Since the millennium turn, the Association for Sustainability (GfN) and SUSTAINUM (Institute of Sustainable Business in Berlin) support this process of economic theory development. 2009, Prof. Dr. Holger Rogall (professor for Sustainable Economics at the HWR-Berlin) published, after some preparatory books, the textbook `Sustainable Economics`. The manual sums up the fundamentals of this new way of economic thinking from previous important publications of Sustainable Science. Meanwhile, it has been translated into Polish and Vietnamese.
Parallel to the textbook publication, the GfN and professors from the HWR initiated the foundation of the network Sustainable Economics and queried representatives of Sustainable Science to support the core messages. Today, more than 350 people and organizations support these statements, including many professors and scientists from Brazil, Chile, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Vietnam. Founded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the first two international network workshops were held 2009 and 2010 in Berlin, where the key messages of Sustainable Economics have been clarified and developed.
2011, the interrelated textbook ´Foundations of Sustainable Economics – Economics for Students of the 21st Century´ appeared. Due to a subsequent founding of the BMU the publication of the yearbook `Sustainable Economics` is possible. Besides, the theoretical foundations of Sustainable Economics are further developed by numerous publications of HWR-university professors like Silke Bustamante, Anja Grothe, Hansjörg Herr and Stefan Klinski, individual authors of the yearbook and network members.
Prof. Dr. Holger Rogall
economy engineer and environmental scientist
Meanwhile, more than 350 professors, academics, scientists, students and ecologically interested persons are convinced that the established economic system does not offer sufficient solutions for the global problems of the 21st century. Therefore, on the basis of strong sustainability the current economic system has to be fundamentally reformed (with regard to the aspects of intra- and intergenerational justice and a further development within the boundaries of natural capacity).
All members of the network share the same conviction that the current economic system is not durable. Nonetheless, parts of the network members want to establish a new school of economics such as the Neoclassical Economics and Keynesian Economics. Other members intend to reform the current economic theories and extend them with sustainable aspects. Again, a third group of members aim to replace the traditional theories.