Networks for Sustainable Development

AfB is committed to a number of initiatives and organisations that work for social issues and sustainability. Building long-term, trusting relationships is important to us, because partnership is the best way to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The topics of environmental protection and inclusion as well as social entrepreneurship and sustainable digitalisation are particularly close to our hearts. Here we present some of our cooperations and memberships.



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Charta der Vielfalt (Diversity Charter)

As a signatory of the Charta der Vielfalt (Diversity Charter), we are committed to recognising, valuing and embracing diversity in the workplace. Diversity not only enriches social coexistence, but also leads to opened horizons and more innovative products in professional life. That is why we are committed to openness, tolerance and a colourful society.

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The UN Global Compact formulates ten universal principles for responsible business. These cover the topics of human rights, environmental protection, labour standards and corruption prevention. Based on these principles and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the UNGC pursues the global vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy. More than 17,500 companies and organisations are already signatories of the UN Global Compact - including AfB.

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The Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Inklusionsfirmen (bag if) represents the interests of inclusive companies in Germany. The network of inclusive companies campaigns for the interests of people with severe disabilities in working life. The bag if advocates for the strengthening of inclusive workplaces through public procurement.

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CEFEC (Confederation of European Social Firms, Employment Initiatives and Social Cooperatives) is the Europe-wide association of social firms, employment initiatives and social cooperatives. CEFEC is particularly committed to inclusive enterprises. AfB was named Europe's Social Enterprise of the Year 2020 by CEFEC.

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JARO Institute for Sustainability and Digitalization e.V.

The JARO Institute pursues the goal of establishing sustainable action in business, administration and organisations of all kinds. JARO is guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and imparts relevant knowledge in training programmes. The focus is on applied research. AfB Managing Director Daniel Büchle has been an honorary board member of the JARO Institute since 2021. 

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B.A.U.M. e.V.

The Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management B.A.U.M. e.V. has been dedicated to economic, ecological and social issues for 37 years. Today, with almost 700 members, B.A.U.M. is a strong corporate network for sustainable management. AfB Managing Director Daniel Büchle has been involved as a council member of B.A.U.M. e.V. since 2021.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland SEND e.V. serves to network social enterprises. The association works to professionalise the sector in the areas of financing, start-up advice or impact orientation. With our membership, we support the transformation to a more sustainable economy and society..

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BNW – Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft e.V. (German Federation of Sustainable Economy)

Der Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft e.V. (German Federation of Sustainable Economy) is an ecologically oriented business association. Since 1992, companies that combine responsibility for the economy, the environment and society have been involved here.

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Ashoka is a global network of leading social entrepreneurs. According to the motto "Everyone a Changemaker", the goal is to empower all people equally for positive change. In addition to supporting social entrepreneurship, Ashoka focuses on youth, empathy and a trusting team culture.

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University of Mannheim – Chair of Sustainable Business

The Chair of Sustainable Business seeks a dialogue with students, academics and practitioners in order to contribute to sustainable development in business. In cooperation with the Chair, AfB offers the opportunity to combine theory and practice within the framework of a Master's thesis.

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Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland

With support from business, science and civil society, the Circular Economy Initiative is pursuing the goal of advancing a sustainable circular economy. Together with a wide range of social actors, it is developing a target picture for Germany, investigating concrete use cases and identifying framework conditions for the success of a circular economy.

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Unternehmensnetzwerk Klimaschutz

AfB is a founding member of the new Unternehmensnetzwerk Klimaschutz (corporate network for climate protection). As part of the project, a nationwide offer is currently being developed for companies and multipliers who actively contribute to climate protection and who will share and expand their knowledge in this regard. The centrepiece will be a digital platform for the exchange of information between members. The official launch of the business network is planned for spring 2022. The project is supported by DIHK Service GmbH of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

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AfB is a member of EUREFAS, the European Refurbishment Association. The sustainability network aims to represent the IT refurbishment sector (especially the smartphone sector) within the European Union. In particular, the topic of the circular economy and related aspects such as the right to repair are to be promoted.

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Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF)

AfB is a SEWF certified social enterprise. SEWF is a global network that aims to strengthen social enterprises worldwide, paving the way for a responsible and sustainable economy. Companies that put their social impact, people and the environment first, before profit, are certified.

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