Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University Students Visit the CSCP as Part of ‘Tour De CSR’

The students of Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-Brs) attended a workshop organised by the CSCP to learn about developing innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities that facilitate the concept of circular cities. This was a part of their one-week CSR course where they cycled to different organisations in the Rhineland and Ruhr area to learn about business ethics and different approaches to CSR.

The 2- hour workshop started with a presentation on CSR and circular cities, through which the students were made aware of the challenges in cities. Following this, they were divided into groups and had the chance to collaborate on solutions on the following questions:
– How can organisations contribute to the development of circular cities through their CSR strategy?
– How can design thinking be used and successfully implemented?

The other topics students focused on were local production systems, urban mobility system and urban bioeconomy, where they had the opportunity to develop their concepts. One such interesting concept which they devised under the topic of urban bioeconomy was a food waste collection system. Here, waste from private households and companies are collected by people riding cargo bicycles, which is then brought to urban gardening spots. The organic waste produced from the food waste is then further used as fertiliser to cultivate fruits and vegetables. Additionally, this urban gardening spot houses a recreation space which also offers childcare facilities.

They also developed business models for the future which were based on CSR-strategies and the principles of the circular economy. Each group had the chance to present their results and explain the business model. This was followed by a lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities of these business models .

The Faculty of Economics and the Centre for Ethics and Responsibility (ZEV) at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) introduced a one-week course in CSR for their students this year. Instead of this course being held in a lecture hall, the students conceived the idea of Tour de CSR, where they cycle to different companies to engage with their representatives and receive insights into their CSR strategy.

The Tour de CSR lead the group of students to companies Deutsche Post DHL Group (Bonn), REWE Group (Cologne), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fortuna Düsseldorf, C&A (Düsseldorf), Impact Hub Ruhr (Essen) and Barmer (Wuppertal).

For further information, please contact Marius Mertens.

Photo by Holger Willing