Sustainability Drinks #15 - 05.11. @ Betahaus

CSR - Next Generation Business. From Shareholder to Stakeholder.

At this event (our second on CSR), we shared insights on how the next generation business can make their operation more sustainable - ecologically, socially and economically - and why a stakeholder approach rather than a shareholder approach is key.

With presentation from
Dr. Simon Berkler & Andreas Renner, B Corp on "Using the power of business as a force for good".

Jacey Bingler & Fátima Gonzáles-Torres, Ecosia on "The green search engine, that plants trees".

Daria Koreniushkina, Fairphone on "What does it take to build a sustainable smartphone".


Betahaus Berlin (Prinzessinnenstraße 19, 10969 Berlin)

Doors and Chatting Along

Opening and Welcome by GreenBuzz Berlin

Dr. Simon Berkler, co-founder of B Corp in Germany & Andreas Renner, Country representative B Corp Germany on "Using the power of business as a force for good".

Simon Berkler is an expert for transformation and organisational innovation. Since many years, he has been dealing with transformation and change issues from a systemic and integral perspective. In 2015, he co-founded the transformation consultancy TheDive ( Before, he held several management positions at the strategy agency diffferent, where he accompanied a broad variety of international businesses in the area of brand and communication strategy. Simon is supporter of the Impact Hub Berlin and co-founder of B Corp in Germany.

Andreas Renner Andreas is deeply rooted in the impact investing and social business development community. He runs a think tank & advisory company on social investing, GEXSI (The Global Exchange for Social Investment), with a focus on base-of-the-pyramid markets. As part of this engagement, Andreas was involved as interim manager in a number of social start-ups, among others in the areas of innovative nutrition, biodiversity or low-cost housing solutions.
After having turned GEXSI into a Certified B Corporation in 2014, Andreas teamed up with B Lab Europe to build the German B Corp movement ( /
Andreas has a PhD in political economy. Prior to joining GEXSI he worked for an international business consultancy specialized on multistakeholder dialogue development.

B Corp – Using the power of business as a force for good: The B Corp movement gathers companies, which voluntarily meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corp was launched in the US in 2007, has been rolled out in South-America, Australia & NZ, and has now started officially in Europe. Globally, there is a growing community of more than 1,400 Certified B Corps from 42 countries and 130 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business. In Germany, the first 10 B Corps already have been certified and doubtlessly many more will follow.
In their talk, Simon and Andreas will take a look at what they call “next generation business”. They will explain the B Corp approach and how this network of likeminded companies helps to shape our future economy. In the meantime, find out more at

Jacey Bingler, Head of Media Relations at Ecosia and Fátima Gonzáles-Torres Head of Community Outreach at Ecosia on "Ecosia, the green search engine, that plants trees".

Jacey Bingler joined Ecosia as Head of Media Relations in late spring 2015 and has since enjoyed being in touch with international media, event organizers, and Ecosia users. She serves as Browser Partnership and German Customer Support Lead, allowing her to add a little tech-related work to her press field. Jacey is half English and half German, she has a B.A. in Cultural Journalism. Her previous jobs include Content Management at, where she was deputy in chief for the homepage, and Product/Label Management at the record label Edel GmbH in Hamburg.

Fátima Gonzáles-Torres has a background in journalism and documentary film and is Ecosia’s Head of Community Outreach. She is responsible for spreading the word by reaching out to influencers and like-minded environmentalists. She empowers Ecosia’s most loyal followers to bring on a worldwide movement that will help reverse the tide of deforestation. As a freelance journalist, Fátima wrote for the Spanish newspapers and El País (online). At Ecosia she applies her storytelling skills by giving a voice to the communities affected by the company’s tree-planting program. She has worked in several start-ups and gained experience in policy-related subjects at the European Parliament and through a master’s degree at the College of Europe.

Ecosia, the green search engine, that plants trees: In their talk Fátima and Jacey will introduce Ecosia, and explain how Ecosia became Germany's first social business to be a certified B Corp.

Daria Koreniushkina, Fairphone on "What does it take to build a sustainable smartphone".

Daria Koreniushkina is Public Engagement Manager at Fairphone, a social enterprise which produces a smartphone to improve social and environmental standards across the value chain. Making fair electronics a part of the public debate is critical to changing the relationship people have with their products. This is the driving force behind Daria’s work. Prior to Fairphone, she worked for communication agencies with international brands and founded Incamp, the first online service for booking holiday camps in Russia.

Daria will share what it takes to build a smartphone. She'll tell how Fairphone stayed 100% community-backed by crowdfunding €19.5 million for their first ethical smartphone. And how they've done it again by raising €9 million to kick-start the production of the new Fairphone 2.

Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, we’re opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. We’re making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Together with our community, we’re changing the way products are made.

Quickpitch Session

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