The CSCP Heads the First-Ever Centre for Economics and Digital Responsibility in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

How can companies contribute to improving the quality of life for everyone in times of digitalisation? How can companies successfully adopt sustainability as a part of their digital strategy? The new centre aims to answer these questions by encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to introduce a long-term concept on economic, ecological, digital and social issues and to develop innovative products, services and business models. The centre is also an important component in the implementation of the strategy for digital transformation in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

This project is a collaboration between the CSCP and its networking partners the Chamber of Industry and Commerce North Rhine-Westphalia (IHK NRW) and Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf.

Economics and Digital Affairs Minister Prof. Dr Andreas Pinkwart shared, “We are consistently continuing along the path we have embarked on with the topic of responsible corporate management in digital times. Digitalisation must be at the service of the people. I am pleased we are now bundling various aspects of digitalisation in connection with economic responsibility in a state-wide centre, offering companies a contact point in North Rhine-Westphalia and thus assuming a genuine pioneering role.’’

The new centre will network partners from business, science, start-ups, civil society, financial players as well as chambers and associations. It aims to jointly develop solutions for entrepreneurial challenges in the age of digitalisation and sustainability and to carry them into organisations. The focus is on corporate culture, living and working, digital leadership and social entrepreneurship. Other important fields of action are fair dealings with employees, diversity in personnel selection, environmental, climate and resource protection, respect for consumer interests, assuming responsibility for the supply chain, transparent corporate management and open and appropriate communication with stakeholders in connection with digitisation.

Michael Kuhndt, Managing Director of the CSCP, sees the new centre as a special opportunity to accelerate the sustainable transformation of the economy with the help of digital technologies and to strengthen NRW as a business location: “Digitalisation and sustainability equally challenge products, services, business models, leadership and lifestyles. The resulting changes offer great opportunities for actively shaping the corporate strategy for a good life and sustainable innovations”.

For further information, please contact Patrick Bottermann.