Milestones

The story of akzente

1993–1997

SUSTAINABILITY BECOMES THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE

At the first UN summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, more than 180 nations signed the guiding principle of sustainable development. Only a few months later, in the spring of 1993, Sabine Braun and Renate Volk founded the consulting firm akzente in Munich, Germany. Its objective: to build a bridge between business and society, and to support them in providing transparency and bringing about transformation.

1998–2002

GLOBALIZATION TAKES ITS TOLL

Globalization gained momentum, fueling fear all around the world. In 1999, UN General Secretary Kofi Annan initiated the Global Compact in Davos to give the world a humane face. On behalf of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), akzente experimented with ways of implementing sustainability in companies and published a guideline for this purpose.

2003–2007

EU HOLDS COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE

With the EU Green Paper, corporate social responsibility became part of the political equation. Shortly after the corruption scandal at Siemens, akzente helped the company expand its sustainability reporting. Numerous other scandals proved just how important a new awareness for governance and compliance was.

2008–2012

THE WAKE-UP CALLS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

In the spring of 2008, the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put out an urgent warning about climate change. Even the German tabloid BILD published an extensive report. In the fall of the same year, the collapse of the Lehman Brothers Bank triggered a global financial crisis. Sustainability gained a new meaning. At the time, akzente became involved in reporting, consulting and communication projects for Commerzbank, HypoVereinsbank and the KfW Banking Group.

2013–2017

SUSTAINABILITY GOES MAINSTREAM

The collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh pushed forward discussions about working conditions along supply chains. In Germany, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (Textilbündnis) and the German National Action Plan for Human Rights (NAP) were established. The European CSR guidelines obliged companies to become more transparent. akzente gained more and more B2C companies as its clients. In 2014, we developed a guideline for implementing the German Sustainability Codex in medium-sized companies.

THE FUTURE NEEDS AKZENTE

For our 25th anniversary, we’ve set our sights on the future. The opening of our Berlin office is bolstering the network linking the world of politics, associations and NGOs. Our 30-strong Munich-based team is more powerful than ever. In just ten weeks, akzente created the most comprehensive study on implementing the CSR reporting obligation on behalf of the German Global Compact Network and ecosense.

  • 1993–1997 SUSTAINABILITY BECOMES THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE 1993–1997
  • 1998–2002 GLOBALIZATION TAKES ITS TOLL 1998–2002
  • 2003–2007 EU HOLDS COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE 2003–2007
  • 2008–2012 THE WAKE-UP CALLS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS 2008–2012
  • 2013–2017 SUSTAINABILITY GOES MAINSTREAM 2013–2017
  • THE FUTURE NEEDS AKZENTE

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Team

Your sustainability experts

Sabine Braun Managing Partner

Dr. Thomas Melde Managing Partner

Jane Ehlers Director

Thomas Wagner Director

Philipp Dahl Director

Hendrikje Lehmann Senior Manager HR

Philipp Hofmann Senior Manager IT

Lisa Reichensperger Senior Expert Communication

Benno Kahrens Senior Consultant

Elisabeth Senger Senior Consultant

Paul Rieger Senior Editor

Sylvia Hofer-Jendros Senior Expert

Alice Gumppenberg Senior Expert

Thomas Loew Senior Expert

Marcus Blank Consultant

Simone Grill Consultant

Dr. Axel Klein Senior Editor

Katharina Schmid Consultant

Frederike Kouker Editor

Verena Lorenz Consultant

Johannes Fleischmann Editor

Clara Muth Editor

Phillip Kaeding Consultant

Karolina Krauss Consultant

Paula Schaudig Consultant

Felix Oelhaf Consultant

Clara Jensen Consultant

Silvia Liebermann Editor

Julia Frank Consultant

Felix Püplichhuisen Senior Expert

Frederik Kauling Consultant

Annabel Schickner Consultant

Johannes Ulbrich Senior Consultant

Pauline Vernimb Consultant

Katharina Müller Consultant

Gregor Rahn Consultant

Brigitte Rataj Office Manager

Angelika Thurner Accountant

Daniel Schwarz Art Director

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Partners

Responsibility is a team effort

Collaboration with our partners is what makes us strong. We successfully carry out many of our projects hand in hand with fors.earth and sustainable AG. Their expertise stems from the fields of strategic and organizational development, management systems, climate protection end emissions trade, among other areas.

Our agency partnerships ensure a lasting impression, above all with loveto, artelier and 3st. We collaborate with them to give striking visibility to our sustainability efforts. The process has always been smooth, as we look back on the long and successful collaborations we’ve shared.

Network

At the speed of sustainability

We’re closely networked with many ministries, authorities, organizations, institutions, associations, universities and experts. We’re also involved in the development of sustainability standards—which is why we tend to enter the picture quite quickly and can always assess what’s important and what’s on the horizon.