Only about half of all people trust corporations and their leaders to live up to their responsibility and “do the right thing.” According to Klaus M. Leisinger, it is urgent that corporations take on a leading role in times of sustainability debates and fundamental social changes. This is the only way to tackle the social changes we are facing for the common good.
The challenges of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, digitalisation and intensifying competition with players from emerging markets such as China cannot be addressed by doing business as usual. Given that complex problems cannot be solved by individual parties, there is a growing need for new forms of cooperation between business and society, as Klaus M. Leisinger pointed out. His work focuses on issues such as a contribution by industry to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, transcultural understanding and corporate responsibility.
Klaus M. Leisinger
Klaus M. Leisinger is Professor of Sociology at the University of Basel and founder and president of the foundation Global Values Alliance (Stiftung Globale Werte Allianz). Up to 2013, he was president and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development. He has served as a researcher and lecturer on questions of social corporate responsibility at European and U.S. universities for many years.
In addition, he advised several UN institutions, for instance serving as Special Advisor on the Global Compact to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is a member of the leadership council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and of the steering committee of the Ethics in Action initiative associated with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.