Triggered by the environmental and climate discussion, the English word „green“ has established itself as a brand name for sustainable action. This can give the impression that environmental protection and ecological issues are the main focus. However, sustainable business encompasses more. Responsible management will always include social and economic aspects.

Sustainability is more than just a word on everyone’s tongue; it is increasingly becoming society’s central guiding principle. Driven by the changing demands of stakeholders and political regulations, the topic is now also at the top of the corporate agenda. This goes hand in hand with the increasing realisation that sustainability is not a necessary evil, but rather a crucial factor for sustainable growth, competitive strength and resilience. Financial profitability alone is no longer enough.

Many companies are thus faced with the challenge of no longer treating sustainability as a „silo“, but rather placing it at the centre of their corporate strategy and integrating it holistically into processes and structures. Sustainability must be placed in the corporate context and managed in an integrated way. In the context of transformation, the question of „how“ is now moving more into the foreground than the question of „why“.


The IPEF founders, as well as the active advisory board members, held top positions in the respective companies for many years. Pragmatic approaches and implementation support are therefore some of the core assets of IPEF and thus goes beyond a mere advisory approach.








Leading Without a Title means deriving one’s power within the organisation not from one’s position, but from one’s competence, effectiveness, relationships, excellence, innovation and ethics.

If an ESG issue is not handled or disclosed appropriately by the company or board, it can result in ‘bad news’ in their market, ‘bad news’ for the company share price and ‘bad news’ in the form of regulatory and legal action. ESG risk topics should be integrated into enterprise risk management and all relevant operational processes. To successfully identify and mitigate ESG risks, a strong commitment to ESG is needed at the management and board level, setting specific targets from the top down. READ MORE

The capability to rapidly and successfully move into new business models is an important source of sustainable competitive advantage and a key leverage to improve the sustainability performance of organisations. We show how the potential of digital technologies enables the development of new sustainable business models, which, however, still need legitimacy to be accepted. Our approach provides you with results that draw on both business model innovation theory and legitimacy theory, as they show that legitimacy is a dynamic concept that involves both internal and external stakeholders to support business model innovation.  READ MORE

The reporting rules introduced by the Non-Financial Reporting Directive established important principles for certain large companies to report sustainability information on an annual basis. It introduced a ‘double materiality perspective‘, meaning that companies have to report about how sustainability issues affect their business and about their own impact on people and the environment.

There is ample evidence, however, that the information that companies report is not sufficient. Reports often omit information that investors and other stakeholders think is important. Reported information can be hard to compare from company to company, and users of the information are often unsure whether they can trust it. Problems in the quality of sustainability reporting have knock-on effects. It means that investors lack a reliable overview of sustainability-related risks to which companies are exposed. READ MORE

Sustainability is the critical intersection between factors like manufacturing and product design practices and the environmental issues and concerns. Prevention of environmental problems tries to reduce the total life cycle cost of the products and thereby ensuring sustainability. For the past one decade, the need for introducing environmental requirements into design and development of products is becoming a vital issue. The question of applying how to infuse environmental criteria into product design and how to compare environmental requirements with traditional design requirements is gaining vital importance. READ MORE

By mid-century, the world stands to lose around 10% of total economic value from climate change. That is a real scenario if temperature increases stay on the current trajectory, and both the Paris Agreement and 2050 net-zero emissions targets are not met, according to new Swiss Re Institute research.

The Climate Economics Index stress-tests how climate risks will impact 48 countries representing 90% of the world economy and ranks their overall climate resilience. It shows all countries will be affected, but some are more vulnerable than others. READ MORE

The PEF is a multi-criteria method for life-cycle based modelling and assessment of the environmental impacts of products and services through material and energy flows as well as emissions and waste streams. The method follows the approach of „comparability over flexibility“, i.e. it aims to standardise and specify existing methods for the life cycle assessment (LCA) of products.  READ MORE

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