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CBS Networks and Cooperations

CBS International Business School has a well-connected network and is involved in numerous initiatives in the area of sustainable management. You can find the most important memberships below.



Since November 2020, CBS International Business School has been a proud member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The UNGC is the world’s largest and most important initiative for the promotion, implementation and dissemination of sustainable and responsible corporate policy, whose voluntary members commit to implementing universal sustainability principles and promoting United Nations goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals. By joining, CBS officially commits to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and thus sends a clear signal for sustainable and responsible action.

The United Nations Global Compact was founded in 2000 and sees itself as a call to companies worldwide to align their strategies and activities with ten universal principles in order to ensure that markets develop in a healthy and beneficial way for the national economy. The principles relate to the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption and support the general goals of the UN.



The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-backed initiative founded in 2007. The aim of this platform is to raise the profile of sustainability in higher education institutions around the world and to equip today’s business students (and tomorrow’s managers) with the understanding and skills to bring about systemic change.

Based on six principles (Purpose, Values, Method, Research, Partnership, Dialogue), PRME engages business and management schools to ensure that they provide future leaders with the skills they need to align economic interests and sustainability goals. At the same time, the aim is to draw attention to the Sustainable Development Goals and align academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.

Among the more than 800 signatories worldwide, the CBS International Business School has also joined as an “Advanced Signatory” of the Principles of Responsible Management Education since September 2015. In the name of the PRME initiative, it is a declared goal of the CBS to focus on the integration of the 17 sustainability goals into the CBS curriculum.



The European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) is an inter-university consortium composed of members who share a common interest in sustainability science and issues related to sustainable development. It is an organisation that coordinates teaching and research in sustainability science at European universities. The aim here is to create a framework on the basis of which teaching and research in the field of sustainability science at European universities can be further developed. This is done, among other things, through joint, digitally oriented teaching programmes, research projects, doctoral training and high-quality scientific publications. The main office of the ESSSR is located at HAW Hamburg.

Since March 2019, the CBS has also been part of the European School of Sustainability Science and Research.



The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) aims to make businesses more sustainable. More than 33,000 practitioners, researchers and students from around the world contribute to the work of this network and follow its activities. In addition, the network also supports a community of more than 170 sustainability research centres at business schools around the world. The main office of the NBS is located at Ivey Business School (Western University, London, Canada).

Since September 2019, the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) is a member of the Sustainability Centre Community of the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).

AIB Shared Interest Group


In July 2020, during the annual conference of the Academy of International Business (AIB), which had to take place online for the first time in 2020, the Shared Interest Group (SIG) Sustainability & International Business (S&IB) was officially launched. The aim of the S&IB SIG is to become more involved within the AIB community (especially with regard to research in the field of international business) and to identify and develop synergies with existing SIGs (e.g. Teaching and Education).
Marina Schmitz is involved in this working group on behalf of the CBS International Business School.

KWR Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde

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The Cologne Science Round Table (KWR) was officially constituted on 01 March 2004 at the invitation of former Lord Mayor Fritz Schramma by representatives of all Cologne university and research institutions as well as the City of Cologne and the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
The KWR highlights the numerous scientific and economic potentials of the region with its diverse offer formats. It contributes to the intensive networking of science institutions with each other, but also of science with the economy, thus strengthening the profile and competitiveness of Cologne as a science location. With its networking and public relations work, the KWR makes an active contribution to the development of a sustainable urban society. The CBS International Business School is part of the Cologne Science Round because the Chairwoman of the Board of KWR, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich (President of CBS) is convinced that more can be achieved for Cologne as a science location through cooperation between the numerous universities and research centres.

Metropolitan Region Rhineland


CBS International Business School actively supports the Rhineland Metropolitan Region in the working group "Research and Education Dialogue in the Rhineland". Within the framework of this working group, representatives of the municipalities, districts and independent cities, universities and chambers of commerce in the region work together to position the Rhineland Metropolitan Region internally and externally as a research and science region. The focus is on a bundled presentation of the excellent research competences of its science institutions as well as the high innovative strength of its companies. The goal is to motivate skilled workers and companies to stay in the Rhineland or to settle here. Information on the specific projects initiated by the working group can be found here. Further information on the Rhineland Metropolitan Region is available here