oikos Germany Meeting 2017

“Degrowth: less consumption and more DIY” will be the main topic of Germany Meeting 2017.

Read more information on the website.

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posted December 20, 2016

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oikos Spring Meeting 2017

We drink, we eat, we drive; we consume ‘stuff’ the entire day. But mostly not in a sustainable way! That’s why consumption is a critical issue towards sustainable development and, therefore, better citizenship. The United Nations even included this aspect in their Sustainable Development Goals. We bring the oikos network together to share and facilitate knowledge across different local chapters in order to promote, inspire and enable future solutions for action on sustainable consumption.

In the next year (23.03.-26.03.2017) oikos Hamburg is hosting the oikos “Spring Meeting 2017”. Up to 140 international students will deal with the topic of sustainable consumption under the title:
USE YOUR POWER – Empowering Young Leaders for Sustainable Decisions

The Meeting contains of speeches, discussions and workshops. Additionally, we involve local firms and projects, which share their concepts of sustainable consumption. The aim of the conference is to increase the knowledge in the different areas of sustainable consumption as well as enhancing critical thinking and foster project experiences. Through this meeting, the participants will be more aware of their responsibility as informed consumers, sustainability conscious employees and future leaders. Thus, they will be empowered to make more sustainable decision in their private and work life.

+++ The 1. registration deadline is the 10. December 2016 +++

You want more information? Follow this link: http://oikos-international.org/hamburg/projekte/projekt-spring-meeting-2017/idea-of-spring-meeting-2017/

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posted November 11, 2016

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Zero Waste Challenge

The aim of this challenge organized by oikos Paderborn is to generate as few waste as possible in the event’s week. Participate!

More information (in German) here.

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posted May 16, 2016

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FairTrade Coffee Break

As part of the World FairTrade Challenge, oikos Bayreuth organizes a Fairtrade coffee break. Come and support the challenge by drinking fair-trade coffee!

More information (in German) can be found on this Facebook event.

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posted May 13, 2016

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oikos Germany Meeting 2016

The oikos Germany Meeting 2016 will be hosted by oikos Paderborn, Germany. Find the preliminary program (in German) here.

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posted May 11, 2016

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A View on the 20th oikos Conference on Food Labels

“Having been part of the oikos event calendar for more than 20 years, the oikos Conference is the oldest oikos initiative. Since its start in 1988, the aim of the project has been to organize a conference to increase awareness and knowledge about a selected environmental topic, and to generate an impact beyond the conference.

This year’s oikos Conference team, consisting of five and later six people, had the desire to try something new. The topic on the 12th and 13th November was “The Future of Sustainable Food Labels: Creation, Development and Impact”. In order to achieve the highest impact on the participants the team created a Simulation Game in cooperation with Ulrich Creative Solutions.

The two conference days were shaped by a speech, the simulation game, presentations and a panel discussion. This combination allowed the students to deepen their knowledge and actively participate throughout the whole conference and reflect what they have learned.

Beside the regular program participants had time to connect during shared meals and drinks, which created a really great atmosphere and a good working environment. The main challenge this year, beside financial troubles, was to find enough participants beside the 41 MBA students who took part.”

Learn more about the oikos Conference here. See more photos of the conference here.

Written by: Stella-Kristina Wiesner, Project Head, oikos Conference; oikos St. Gallen

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posted December 9, 2015

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Asia Meet 2015

The next Asia Meet will be hosted by oikos New Delhi and the main topic is going to be sustainable urbanisation. More information coming soon!

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posted November 18, 2014

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Central and Eastern European Meeting

The main theme of the conference is sustainability opportunities in  agricutlure, food supply chain and waste management. We will inquire into the whole food cycle.

Host city:Prague

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posted July 9, 2014

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Organic Growth at Sonnentor

Abstract

From a small village in Northern Austria, Sonnentor had developed into a multinational organic food production company exporting teas, spices, and related products to more than 50 countries around the globe (see Figure 1 for an overview of the case setting). The case follows entrepreneur Johannes Gutmann on the growth path of his firm, and focuses on unusual strategic and operative choices along the way (including, for example, not using professional market research, refusing to cooperate with mass-market retailers, using labor instead of cheaper machines for manufacturing processes, not having clear yearly goals, paying suppliers twice the price they received from others, or not paying the owner any dividends, to name just a few choices). Although the owner was not very profit-oriented, the company was looking back on a constant profitable growth for 25 years. At the same time, Sonnentor placed a strong emphasis on socially and environmentally responsible behavior in all its actions, and on building the business on fair partnerships with employees, suppliers, and other partners. The case highlights the role that ‘embedded sustainability’ plays for the success of the business and confronts the reader with Mr. Gutmann’s challenge of transferring his unique business philosophy to other domains and to a new managerial generation.

Authors: Dietmar Sternad
Institution: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Competition Year2014
Place1st
TrackCorporate Sustainability
Key WordsSustainability, PCB recycling, greentech, entrepreneurship
Coursesstrategic management, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility
Target AudienceMaster, MBA, or executive-level
Purchase InformationYou can purchase the case here:
Ivey Publishing
or
Harvard Business Publishing
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posted June 26, 2014

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oikos Case Quarterly: Fairtrade Issue 13, March 2014

As of today, fairtrade products can be found in almost any grocery store. Both, sales volume and variety of products available keep increasing at a fast pace. Much has been discussed about the certification instruments and the concept behind the fairtrade movement. However, cases discussing the business models of fairtrade initiatives are rare. We hereby present two cases to help explore the challenges fairtrade organizations face in their operations. We are convinced they will proof as an excellent tool for students to better understand some of the key aspects characterizing the fairtrade movement.

Table of contents:

→ Foreword

→ Eva Collins, Kate Kearins, Helen Tregida and Steve Bowden (Waikato University and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) – All Good Bananas:  Selling the FairTrade Message

→ Scott Marshall, Darrell Brown, Bex Sakarias, Min Cai (Portland State University) – Madécasse: Competing with a 4x Fairtrade Business Model

→ Forthcoming case teaching events and other new

→ How to subscribe

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We hope that you will enjoy reading this issue. Please feel free to forward it to colleagues who are interested in teaching sustainability with cases. If you would like to share your experience in teaching sustainability with cases, we would be very happy to hear from you! Also if you have any feedback on the content of this issue and suggestions for the next issue, send us an email to case@oikosinternational.org.

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posted March 27, 2014

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