Newsletter 11/2013

Newsletter | November 2013
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Dear Reader,

Since we released the last newsletter, we have seen a number of inspiring new developments and changes made at the SEA. One of the most significant of these has been the publication of a new book, “Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Business Success through Sustainability”, by Franz Fischler, president of the European Forum Alpbach and head of the SEA jury, René Schmidpeter, international CSR expert and SEA jury member, and myself. The three of us used the opportunity of the economic symposium of the European Forum Alpbach to present the ground-breaking new publication. As well as the book, the SEA Forum has now become a reality. This has been a major step for me personally, and will hugely enhance the existing exchange of knowledge on Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The SEA Forum is something I am hugely proud of. It brings together experts from around the world to discuss current environmental challenges, social developments and economic threats that can be addressed using sustainable business practices.

It also gives me great pleasure to be able to announce the date of the SEA gala 2014, which will be held at the magnificent Vienna Hofburg palace.

Date: Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Location: Vienna Hofburg, 1010 Vienna
Dress code: ladies: evening gown; gentlemen: dark suit or tuxedo

Please take this opportunity to put this event in your calendar. Further information will follow as soon as possible, and we look forward to hosting a successful SEA gala 2014.


SEA Forum, Harvard University Boston
“From Knowledge to Change – is Sustainability Fit for the Future?”

Location: Harvard University
1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

On 18 October 2013, the SEA Forum Boston was held as part of a three-day mission to Massachusetts that also included Austrian companies active in the clean technology industry and leading thinkers in higher education. Cambridge Mayoress Henrietta Davis said the following: “The SEA Forum provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the important work being done to promote sustainability both here and abroad.” Marc R. Pacheco, of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, said: “It is exciting to see the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award make its way across the Atlantic Ocean, and to be welcomed to a State that has achieved international recognition for its investments in energy efficiency and clean energy leadership.”

>>> Read more.
SEA Forum, Houses of Parliament London
“Sustainable Entrepreneurship – A Worthwhile Challenge?!”

Location: Houses of Parliament, Peers Guest Room Entrance,
Black Rod’s Garden Gate
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK

On 7 November 2013, experts from a range of different scientific, economic and ecological fields gathered to the Houses of Parliament to witness the SEA Forum London. Baroness Flather, a member of the House of Lords, said: “The SEA Forum is an extraordinary project that will definitely change the way people think regarding business and sustainability.”

>>> Read more.
The SEA Jury 2014
An award can only ever be as good as its jury.

The SEA jury consists of high-carat personalities from around the world. They are all experienced and well-respected experts in their respective fields, with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform such a complex task. Because the task the have been set is complex indeed: only with their expert competence can we identify the companies that truly deserve to be described as upholding the principles of sustainability. We would like to warmly welcome three new members to the SEA jury:

Liangrong Zu
CSR expert, Senior Program Officer Enterprise,
Microfinance and Local Development Program International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

>>> Read more.

Samuel O. Idowu
Senior Lecturer in Accounting, London Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor, University of Finance and Economics China

>>> Read more.
Peter Eigen
Founder and Chair of Transparency International

>>> Read more.
SEA Endorsers
We proudly present two new SEA endorsers, strong new voices to carry our message out into the world – and by doing so, repositioning Sustainable Entrepreneurship as a lifestyle for the future.
Andreas Rickert, CEO, PHINEO, research institute and consultancy organisation for philanthropy
Andreas Rickert was appointed as CEO of PHINEO in December 2009. PHINEO is a research institute and consultancy organisation for philanthropy, and currently employs 33 experts.

>>> Read more in the SEA interview
Arzu Tekir, Director, EMBARQ Türkiye
As Director of EMBARQ Türkiye, Arzu Tekir transformed the organisation into the Sustainable Transportation Association in Turkey.

>>> Read more in the SEA interview
A very warm welcome to the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award!

If you would like to become one of the esteemed figures supporting and promoting the Sustainable Entrepreneurship, please contact us
SEA Recommendations
In the Network to be Successful – the CSR Dialogue Forum
The vision of the CSR Dialogue Forum is to develop an interdisciplinary platform for corporate social responsibility as a competence centre for all organisations in the economic area of Austria and neighbouring regions. The focus of the content is on the strategic and value-oriented future development of companies in the economic, ecological and social fields.

>>> Read more

Jane Goodall Institute – Austria
Founded in 1977 by renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institut (JGI) is a global non-profit organisation which encourages people to protect the biosphere for humans, animals and nature. The Jane Goodall Institut-Austria (JGI-A) was founded as a non-profit organisation in October 2003, and is managed by Gudrun Schindler-Rainbauer and Walter Inmann.

>>> Read more

SEA Further Reading
The book “Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Business Success through Sustainability”, edited by Christina Weidinger, founder of the SEA, Franz Fischler of the Alpbach European Forum 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)

SEA Event – follow-up reporting
11th Austrian IT & Consultants’ Day
is it about courage, cash or power?”

Thursday, 28 November 2013 at the Vienna Hofburg

Discussions round:
“From nought to a hundred – new players, new concepts” at 3.45 p.m. with
Christina Weidinger, founder of the SEA and Managing Director of diabla media Verlag and Thomas Bergen, Lic oec. (HSG), co-founder and CEO of getAbstract

Moderator: Stephan Strzyzowski (Editor-in-Chief of Die Wirtschaft)

>>> Read more
The Pioneers Festival, which was held at the Vienna Hofburg from 30-31October, brought together 2,500 international guests and speakers.

The Festival produced a huge amount of new collaboration, remarkable contributions and was enjoyed by all its participants.

To check out all the panels, start-ups and see some great entertainment shots, drop in at the Festival’s Facebook page. You’ll find all the videos of the Festival on the YouTube Channel, and you can read all about it at the blog.

SEA Gala Registration
For further information regarding tables and tickets for the SEA gala, please contact
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)
Karlsplatz 1/17  |  1010 Vienna  |  Austria