Background

SusCon 2012 was one of a number of successful sustainability conferences initiated in collaboration with NürnbergMesse. Bernward Geier, former director of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) and Udo Censkowsky, director of the international consultancy Organic Services, organised on behalf of NürnbergMesse 2009 the first “International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption”. The first conference was distinguished by the appearance of eminent speakers such as Professor Klaus Töpfer, former Director of the UN environmental organization (UNEP) and Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In addition, several well-known corporations, such as KraftFood and PUMA were represented at the meeting. The issues of “greenwashing”, credibility and transparency in the market for sustainable products were the focus of this first event.

In the second year, ECO-World, directory for sustainable suppliers, become an additional partner. In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, the SusCon 2010 focused on the connection between “business and biodiversity”. The English speaking conference shone with prominent speakers, including contributions from Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and world renowned activist, Jane Goodall. With such prominent speakers lively discussions were ensured and many thought provoking ideas considered. Through active participation from the political field, as well as actors from the business and NGO sectors, the 300 participants accommodated by the Nürnberg locale were able to discuss the issue of paradigm change and agree upon several fruitful collaborations.


in cooperation with:
IFOAM
Rainforest Alliance
KRAFT FOODS
DEG
FSC
Serviceplan
Rewe Group
NABU
Naturland
cscp
FLO
Lavera
BfN
WWF Deutschland
Rapunzel
brands and values
Danone
BMZ
DGCN
NürnbergMesse
RWE
DP-DHL
Soil and More
UTZ certified
FiBL
ICRAF