What do you find appealing about the task of advising the Volkswagen Group on the topic of sustainability?
Our world is changing rapidly – driven by trends like digitalization and by threatening developments like climate change. Because of its
international presence and technological strength, a company like Volkswagen has the opportunity to influence this transformation in a positive way. Along with the other members of the Sustainability Council, I want to help make use of this opportunity by promoting sustainability.
Exactly how do you define sustainability?
From the perspective of a corporation, sustainability begins with the awareness that all decisions have an influence on the environment – on employees, society or nature. From there, the second step is willingness to minimize negative consequences for the environment and maximize positive effects.
That sounds a little abstract. What topics are especially important to you?
There are many important topics – from climate change to water scarcity and species diversity to the future of work. In Germany and other OECD countries in particular, the question of meaningful employment is viewed as especially important. One big trend, which I underestimated for a long time, is digitalization. It is changing our lives in a much more radical way than we can fathom. We need to find the right answers.