Chapter name: Humanistic Management Network Swiss Chapter
Contact name: Ernst von Kimakowitz
Background information: In 2007 the humanistic management movement was institutionalized by founding a charitable Swiss association in the Canton of St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland, beautifully nestled between lake Constance and the Alps.
The Swiss Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network works on the basis that a fundamental paradigm shift is needed in the way we define the purpose of business and its role in society. To this end the Swiss Chapter promotes the approach to humanistic management developed by the Humanistic Management Center that is based on the three pillars of 1) Respect for human dignity 2) Integration of ethical considerations in management decisions and 3) Engagement with stakeholders
More on this approach can be found under http://www.humanisticmanagement.org.
Chapter activities: The Swiss Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network is undertaking three types of activities.
· Supporting the humanistic management movement globally by empowering and facilitating chapter activities worldwide
· Organizing and participating in events that aim to promote the ideas of humanistic management
· Providing input on further developing the foundations of humanistic management
The Swiss Chapter runs and channels its own activities mainly through the Humanistic Management Center (www.humanisticmanagement.org), an independent think–tank, learning institution and advisory firm in the corporate responsibility and business ethics arena.
For the second year the Humanistic Management Center received the mandate to support Swedish furniture company IKEA with their stakeholder engagement activities in the Swiss market. The mandate included to support the design and delivery of the 2016 IKEA Switzerland Stakeholder Day on March 18th.
The day was split into two parts. The morning was reserved for a workshop with a select group of experts on the topic of Expanding the Life Span of Furniture. In the afternoon, the 2016 IKEA Stakeholder Forum took place in a much bigger group focusing on introducing and discussing some of IKEAs initiatives towards a circular economy as well as the results from the morning workshop.
You can view further information and a picture gallery here
At the shores of Lake Constance lies beautifully Lilienberg Unternehmerforum, a conferencing facility most suited for dialogue and reflection. Ethics First, the executive education joint venture between the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen and he Humanistic Management Center was privileged to have the opportunity to co-host an event at this exclusive location.
Read more: With Values to Value
The Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE - German Business Ethics Network) and Vaude, a leading manufacturer of Mountaineering Equipment, Sporting Goods, Outdoor Clothing and Camping Equipment, hosted this event at the company's headquarters at Lake Constance in Germany.
Vaude is a much acclaimed sustainability champion "dedicated to making our world a better place". This event was centered on introducing and discussing the sustainability strategy of Vaude and the values and philosophy that drive it. Senior executives of the company as well as the Managing Director and owner of this family owned business were presenting and discussing with former HP Executive Herbert Reiss and Ernst von Kimakowitz of the Humanistic Management Center.
You can view further information on this afternoon at Vaude here
This event marked the first Humanistic Management Conference taking place in Brazil. Having collaborated with Kelly Broliani of IPCC who leads the Brazil Interest Group of the Humanistic Management Network for several years already, January 14th 2016 opened a new chapter for the engagement of the Humanistic Management Center in Brazil.
Read more: The Foundations of Humanistic Management
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