In recent years the view on sustainability has fundamentally changed. What once had been a matter of corporate social responsibility and regulatory compliance exclusively has long turned into a solid growth driver at any stages of daily business life.
This transformation has been driven by four powerful factors:
1. Growing awareness of sustainability issues in (capital) markets, politics and the wider public
2. Improved measurability and transparency of ecological, social and economic impacts of sustainability
3. Ongoing integration of sustainability criteria into portfolio steering and management systems
4. Close collaboration and best practice sharing in expert circles and on a growing number of industry platforms
The presentation shows how sustainability has systematically moved from the fringes to the very core of the chemical industry’s business model and how Evonik triggers new markets, that could turn out to be the biggest industrial revolution we’ve had in a 250 years.
Stefan Haver is head of the Corporate Responsibility Division at the Essen-based specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries AG. After joining Evonik he was initially responsible for the Internal Communications & Group Media department, and later for the Corporate Communications & Board Office Division. During this time he supported the integration of Degussa AG into the former RAG Aktiengesellschaft as well as the realignment and IPO of the resulting Evonik Industries AG.
Earlier on, he trained as a bank clerk and studied communications science.
Haver worked for the Düsseldorf-based communications consultancy Deekeling Identity & Change for six years, where he acted as consultant to various companies in the communication of complex change processes.