Newsletter 4/2014

Newsletter | April 2014
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Dear Reader,

We believe a Sustainable Entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who has recognised a social problem and linked its solution with an innovative, profitable business idea, and by doing so is shaping the world of today and tomorrow. The SEA is oriented towards companies and persons around the world who live and understand ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship’ in its best sense. Irrespective of the size of the company, the industry or country involved, anybody is welcome to submit their ideas, projects and business models within the sense of ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship’!

Your submissions can be handed in by April 30th 2014 in the following 8 categories:

Integration & Social Issues
Climate, Environment & Energy
Knowledge & Education
Mobility & Technological Innovations
Development & Services
Lifestyle & Culture
Urban & Regional Development
Health & Medicine

For further details and submission, please visit


SEA Endorsers
We warmly welcome five new SEA endorsers, that support our initiative and are giving our children and grandchildren a better, sustainable future!
André Schneider, Vice president, École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne and CEO and Chairman, André Schneider Global Advisory AG
“It is certainly important to improve transparent reporting on the topic of Sustainable Entrepreneurship, but it is even more important to make sustainability a basis for day to day decision-making.”

>>> Read more in the SEA-Interview.
KR Viktor Wagner, CEO REIWAG Facility Services GmbH
“Raising awareness of the future-oriented, healthy environment that will affect the next generation in particular is definitely a selling point in customer contact!”

>>> Read more in the SEA-Interview.
Ursula Fischler-Strasak, Communications – Sustainability and Access to Healthcare, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
“Businesses which take a long-term view are therefore increasingly obliged to take up the social challenge and to involve the appropriate stakeholders. Only enterprises that contribute to the social good can be economically successful in the long term.”

>>> Read more in the SEA-Interview.

Prinz Bubacarr Aminate Sankanu, Journalist, Filmmaker, Public Intellectual
“The future belongs to the sustainability as more young people who are the next generation consumers are getting more conscious of the value change of the products they spend their money on.”

>>> Read more in the SEA-Interview.

Mag. Julia Weinzettl, Managing Director, Co-Founder Taskfarm
“Credibility, increasing staff satisfaction and ultimately a market advantage are the benefits of implementing SE. The buying public has changed, social values have become often equally important as quality and price.”

>>> Read more in the SEA-Interview.
If you would like to become one of the esteemed figures supporting and promoting the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award, please contact us at
SEA Recommendations
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Course
In an exclusive partnership with the SEA, the BFI Vienna provides a day course on "Sustainable Entrepreneurship in practice". In this course you acquire basic knowledge of the implementation of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in all areas of the company from the perspective of users and practitioners. Starting at human resources, to marketing and the communication of your sustainable actions - Sustainability has its place everywhere and is beneficial. During informal discussions with high-level industrial and academic speakers you get exclusive knowledge and many years of first-hand experience.

Date: May 9th 2014 to May 23rd 2014
Place: BFI Wien, Alfred-Dallinger-Platz 1, 1034 Wien
Information and registration:
+43 1 811 78 10 100

Preview of interview with Christina Weidinger, Al Gore Climate Reality Leader
What do you think of the much-quoted saying that it is already “5 minutes to midnight”?
The best way to predict the future is to shape it. In current times this saying is truer than ever. To answer your question: yes, as far as the climate question is concerned it is still just before midnight. Yet the most eminent scientists on our planet are warning us every day that we may have no more than 8-10 years to prevent the worst consequences of climate change with innovative solutions. This climate change is already leading to unimaginable consequences today. It is entirely clear: the time to act has arrived!

Read more in the next issue of SUCCEED – The European business newspaper – Publication date May 01st 2014.

Calling for tree donations to support the Children in their fight for their future
Barneo, Arctic, April 04th 2014 Felix (16) marked the beginning of the 50+-day expedition from the North Pole to Canada by symbolically planting a tree. Starting today, the polar explorers Bernice Notenboom, Martin Hartley und Eric Philips will cover a distance of approximately 20 km on a daily basis to renew public awareness of the climate crisis. With this expedition, the explorers are supporting the children of Plant-for-the-Planet, who have been fighting for climate justice and their future since 2007.
The expedition shall show the disastrous effects the melting of the Arctic ice shield will have. Felix Finkbeiner: “It’s not about the polar bear, it’s about the world climate losing its refrigerator. Some are happy about the meltdown since it’ll open up the sea bottom for oil drilling – something which will once and for all destroy the future of us children. We ask everybody to plant trees! Capture the dangerous greenhouse gas CO2“. Make a SEA tree donation here
Felix started the children and youth initiative in 2007. 13 billion new trees have been planted in the last seven years. The goal is to reach 1.000 billion trees, what is a 150 trees per person.

CSR Dialogue Forum – Sustainability Event "Global Leadership, Global Responsibility"
On April 08th 2014, the “CSR Dialogforum” invited to attend the sustainability event "Global Leadership, Global Responsibility" at Siemens AG Linz, Wolfgang Pauli Strasse 2, 4020 Linz. Leading regional professionals and CSR experts participated and focussed on the crucial topic „How to bring Profitability & Sustainability in line“. Dr. Josef Kinast, CEO of Siemens in Linz, spoke about challenges the management faces in a globalized business”. Theresa Tschol-Alsantali , respACT project manager, gave insights into the " international standards”, such as the OECD Guidelines.

>>> Read more
Global SCP Clearinghouse – Join!
Global SCP Clearinghouse is a unique one-stop hub dedicated to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and is convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This platform brings together government, business, research institutions, civil society and a host of other SCP stakeholders to collaborate on SCP across regions and themes. By collecting, disseminating and sharing initiatives, policies and best practices, the Global SCP Clearinghouse is expanding a worldwide SCP community. Want to know what’s going on in SCP around the world? Want to share your projects and ideas with likeminded individuals dedicated to SCP? Sign up today!

>>>     >>>     >>> @GlobalSCP
The Globalisation of Love – Book by Wendy Williams
One of the most profound influences of globalisation is that people from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else. The Globalisation of Love is about the whirls and twirls, the quirks and perks, the frustrations and the fun of a multicultural relationship. Multicultural couples have all the issues that exist in monocultural relationships, plus whatever colourful combination of culture, language, religion and ethnicity the couple bring into their marriage. Based on dozens of interviews with multicultural couples from around the world, The Globalisation of Love includes chapters on multicultural weddings, religion, race, food, language and children and a whole lot more. It is both humorous and factual and the author includes personal anecdotes from her own experience in a multicultural family.

>>> Read more
SEA Further Reading
The book "Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Business Success through Sustainability”, edited by Christina Weidinger, founder of the SEA, Franz Fischler president of the European Forum Alpbach and sustainability expert René Schmidpeter, was published recently by Springer Verlag and is now available at bookshops (ISBN: 978-3-642-38752-4).
Price: EUR 87.99 (Austria)

>>> Read more

SEA Gala Registration
For further information regarding tables and tickets for the SEA gala 2014 on October 07 in Vienna, please contact

Thanks to our sponsors:
You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2014!

Following the SEA's impressive event in 2013, we are again looking for new sustainable projects and innovative companies. If you want to be a part of this new movement, we look forward to receiving your submission.

Please visit our website or Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Christina Weidinger – Founder of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA)
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