Details for WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fur Unternehmensfuehrung


Vallendar, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


Sign Up Date to PRME

14 Jun 2013

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

24 Jan 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

WHU Sustainability Report 2017 - View Report

Period Covered: May 2015 to Dec 2016

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

- WHU-wide Code of Conduct as a basis for a stimulating learning environment (developed by a team of faculty, students and staff).

- Academic content and mandatory courses on CSR in all programs, e.g.
o Business Ethics, Management Based on Ethical Values and Social entrepreneurship in BSc
o Ethics in Management: Corporate Social Responsibility and Operations Strategy & Sustainability in MSc
o Legal Ethics and Business Ethics in MLB
o Responsible Leadership elements, Leadership Credo, Course Operations Strategy and Sustainability in MBA programs, etc.

- “General Studies” Program with mandatory courses related to business ethics, management & sustainability, personal development, etc.

- CSR-related business simulations (e.g. “Sustainability Lab” in BSc and MSc, Carbon Trade Simulation Game in MBA, etc.).

- WHU-wide guest lectures by leaders from business and society about current issues of social responsibility in economy and society (e.g. Anselm Bilgiri – Benedictine monk and Father, Norbert Röttgen - former Federal Minister of Environment in Germany, Markus Dinslaken - Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Henkel, Prof. Schnellhuber – Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and many more).

- Diversity-related scholarships in WHU’s degree programs (e.g. WHU diversity scholarship, scholarship for women in business, etc.).

- Different student organizations and conferences related to CSR (e.g. WHU Studenten helfen e.V., WHU First Responder, WHU Walks for Charity, SensAbility – the social enterprise conference, Gender Balance Day conference, etc.).

- Semester or modules abroad are obligatory in all programs to sharpen intercultural competences and raise awareness regarding global economic, environmental and social issues.

- International modules in Post-experience programs and Executive Education include visits to social organizations (e.g. school for underprivileged children, hospital, etc.).

- Open Enrollment General Management Program (Executive Education) with focus on social entrepreneurship and including a social project abroad – in cooperation with the social business Bookbridge.

- More intense alignment of the activities across our programs & departments.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

- Center for Responsible Leadership as a platform for teaching and knowledge creation in the field of leadership and personal development related to responsibility and values.

- "The Sustainability Lab" as a platform for cooperation and exchange of knowledge in the fields of teaching, research and professional practice regarding sustainability.

- Doctoral dissertations and other research output covering topics such as sustainable supply chains, green logistics, accounting fraud and ethics, sustainable investment, measuring sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

- Conception and introduction of the Campus Car project based on a doctoral dissertation (making available diesel-powered cars for a small fee which benefits the charitable student initiative “WHU Studenten helfen e.V.”).

- Analysis and considerations regarding an Assistant Professorship in the field of sustainability.

- Better communication and mutual learning processes through integration of CSR topics in annual reportings of chairs.

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