• 23.08.2016

    Our approach

    The Wittenberg Centre for Global Ethics works to resolve societal conflicts by applying an approach to ethics developed by several generations of academics.

    Our core interest is in communicating ethical principles which individuals, corporations and other organisations can apply in everyday situations. In the following, the most important premises of our approach to ethics will be explicated.

    Freedom

    Ethics is about using one’s freedom responsibly. It is about the question as to how people who are faced with a decision can act in a way which is beneficial for societal cooperation. Be it in a work situation, as a citizen or in a family unit, every individual is constantly faced with decisions which have moral implications. These situations are often also defined by countless empirical restrictions and by competing ideas about values and interests, which certainly cannot always be harmonized. This leads to conflict. Ethics has the task of providing points of orientation and instruments for the analysis, resolution and/or management of these conflicts. The degree to which we are able to accept responsibility for our actions today determines which freedoms are available to us in the future.

    Social Order

    In modern society, conflicts are generally resolved by our societal order. Thereby, it is necessary to distinguish between two levels:

    1. The formal rules of the game (laws, standards, contracts etc.) which determine which freedoms are granted and define the incentives which make desirable actions more attractive and punish undesirable actions,
    2. The informal understanding of the game (ideals, values and convictions), which determine the discussion regarding which freedoms can be enjoyed within the social order and how new conflicts which emerge can best be resolved.

    Both levels of social order are integral for maintaining freedom. Prevailing ideas about values, in combination with the applicable formal rules define the expectations which people develop, where there is potential for cooperation or conflict and the latter will be experiences and dealt with. This applies equally to international cooperative ventures, national communities and specific organisations.

    Both levels of social order are being put under pressure. As a result of the increasing pace of development and the respective disruptions and growing uncertainty, prevailing rule systems are losing their power. (Digital) innovations, short-term crises and ad-hoc developments lead to conflicts, which often cannot be resolved using traditional means of analysis, standards and processes. In addition, the diverse traditions and ideals are coming into competition with one another. As a result, initiating and conducting a dialogue about potential means of conflict resolution is becoming increasingly difficult.

    Leadership

    Under these conditions, a solid ethical foundation becomes all the more important. When social order, i.e. the prevailing rules and understanding of the game, no longer gives sufficient orientation, other impulses and points of orientation become necessary. Being a responsible leader means showing initiative and identifying conflicts (creating room for reflection), actively contributing to solutions (having an impact) and communicating their acceptance (offering good arguments) in order to maintain the freedoms which are available to us. Our approach to ethics, which combines philosophical insights with economic logic, provides well-founded and practically applicable instruments for each of these three functions.

  • 26.05.2016

    Supporters

    When we work on ethical questions and problems, we contribute to the good of society. Hence, our work is valuable for society in general, but it also requires specific inputs to be made.

    The association is financed by membership fees, project financing and donations which are directly dedicated to the ongoing charitable work. The foundation supports the Center on a long-term basis with the returns on the funding. A confirmation of donations can be provided so that contributions are tax-deductible.

    Members and Donors

    • Arbeitskreis Evangelischer Unternehmer in Deutschland e.V.
    • Axel Springer SE
    • BASF SE
    • Bayer AG
    • Bundesarbeitgeberverband Chemie
    • Commerzbank AG
    • CO.TI. Restaurants SAS
    • Deutsche Bank AG
    • Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband
    • Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH
    • Dr. Arend Oetker Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    • E.ON Stiftung gGmbH
    • EWE AG
    • Evonik Industries AG
    • Friede-Springer-Stiftung
    • Fuchs Petrolub SE
    • Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie
    • Heinz und Heide Dürr Stiftung
    • Henkel AG & Co KGaA
    • IG Bergbau Chemie Energie
    • Industrie- und Handelskammer Halle-Dessau
    • Karl Schlecht Gemeinnützige Stiftung (KSG)
    • K+S AG
    • Dr. Eberhard von Koerber †
    • KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
    • Mercedes-Benz Group AG
    • Robert Bosch GmbH
    • SKW Stickstoffwerke Piesteritz GmbH
    • Stadtwerke Lutherstadt Wittenberg GmbH
    • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Strube
    • Volkswagen AG
    • VNG AG

     

    Supporters and Partners

    • Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)
    • Gemeinnützige Stiftung Apfelbaum
    • Joachim Herz Stiftung
    • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
    • Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik
    • Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
    • Weltethos-Institut Tübingen
  • 26.05.2016

    Organisation

    The WCGE consists of three organisational units, which work together closely:

    • The charitable association was founded in 1998. It is represented by the board and the Presidium fulfills the role of a supervisory board. This organization conducts the operative activities and employs people to this end.
    • The charitable foundation was founded in 2008 with a base financing of approx. 2.5 million Euro. The foundation consists of the management board, the advisory board, which fulfills a supervisory function, and the honorary board of trustees and has the function of guaranteeing the long-term continuity of the Center’s work and financing individual projects.
    • The American Foundation for the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics Inc., represented by the Board of Directors, has represented the Center’s interests in the USA since 2001 and coordinates opportunities for support from across the Atlantic.

    The charitable organisation, the German foundation and the American foundation are all supported by well-known personalities, corporations and organisations..

     

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    Filiz Albrecht

    Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations
    Robert Bosch GmbH

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer

    Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt ret.

    Foundation’s Advisory Council

    Gremium Broock

    Dr. Martin von Broock

    Chairman of the Management Board
    Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics

    Foundation’s Management Board

    Gremium Deville

    Prof. Dr. Volker Deville

    F/L Think Tank eG
    University of Bayreuth

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Doelken

    Prof. Dr. Clemens Dölken O.Praem

    Lecturer for Christian Social sciences
    Phil.-Theol. Hochschule St. Augustin

    Foundation’s Advisory Council

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    Saori Dubourg

    Member of the Board of Executive Directors
    BASF SE

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

     

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    Martin Fischedick

    Head of Group Human Resources
    Commerzbank AG

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Prof. Reinhold R. Geilsdörfer

    Geschäftsführer
    Dieter-Schwarz-Stiftung

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Haseloff

    Dr. Reiner Haseloff

    Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Herrmann

    Hans-Joachim Herrmann

    Managing Director
    Stadtwerke Lutherstadt Wittenberg GmbH

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Homann

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Homann

    Professor em. for Business ethics

    Chairman of Foundation’s Advisory Council
    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Hoette

    Waldemar Hötte

    Managing Director
    Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics

    Association’s Management Board

    Gremium Huber Strasser

    Angelika Huber-Strasser

    Regionalvorständin Süd
    KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

    Association’s Board of Trustees

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    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Huber

    Bishop ret.
    Chairperson of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) ret.

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Dr. Michael Ilgner

    Global Head of Human Ressources
    Deutsche Bank AG

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Renata Jungo Brüngger

    Member of the Board of Management Integrity and Legal Affairs
    Daimler AG

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler

    Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany ret.

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Kokott

    Dietmar Kokott

    Former Senior Vice President
    BASF SE

    Vice Chairman of Foundation’s Advisory Council
    Vice President of Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Lamprecht

    Barbara Lamprecht

    Former Coordinator Business and Human Rights
    Volkswagen AG

    Association’s Board of Trustees

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    Prof. Dr. Reinhard Cardinal Marx

    Archbishop of Munich and Freising

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Sören Marx

    Filialdirektor
    Deutsche Bank AG

    Foundation’s Management Board

    Gremium Messmer

    Astrid Messmer

    Group Infrastructure Strategy & Business Analytics
    Deutsche Lufthansa AG

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Morgenthal

    Oliver Morgenthal

    Head of Corporate Communication
    K+S Aktiengesellschaft

    Foundation’s Advisory Council

    Gremium Muschick

    Dr. Stephan Muschick

    Managing Director
    E.ON Stiftung gGmbH

    Foundation’s Advisory Council

    Gremium Naumann

    Eckhard Naumann

    Former Lord Mayor
    Lutherstadt Wittenberg

    Foundation’s Advisory Council
    President of the Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Ogrinz

    Dr. Andreas Ogrinz

    Geschäftsführer Bildung, Innovation, Nachhaltigkeit
    Bundesarbeitgeberverband Chemie e.V.

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Oetinger

    Prof. Dr. Bolko von Oetinger

    Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Pott

    Dr. Richard Pott

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    Covestro AG

    Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Rodestock

    Bodo Rodestock

    Executive Board Member
    Verbundnetz Gas AG

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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    Paul C. Rosser

    Rosser International Inc.

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees
    President of the American Foundation's Board

    Gremium Srosser

    Sally Rosser

    American Foundation's Board
    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Schenk

    Sylvia Schenk

    Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Schreck

    Prof. Dr. Philipp Schreck

    Friede-Springer Endowed Chair of Business Ethics and Management Accounting
    Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

    Association’s Management Board

    Gremium Schmalzried

    PD Dr. Lisa Schmalzried

    Academic Head WCGE-Doctoral Program

    Foundation’s Management Board

    Gremium Schwenker

    Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker

    Senior Fellow
    Roland Berger GmbH

    Association’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Suchanek

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek

    Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics
    HHL - Leipzig Graduate School of Management

    Chairman of the Foundation´s Management Board

    Gremium Tiefensee

    Wolfgang Tiefensee

    State Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society of Thuringia

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Truchsess

    Michael von Truchsess

    Former Chairman of
    Arbeitskreis Evangelischer Unternehmer

    Foundation’s Advisory Council

    Gremium Vassiliadis

    Michael Vassiliadis

    Chairman
    IG Bergbau Chemie Energie

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Wessel

    Thomas Wessel

    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Evonik Industries AG

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees

    Gremium Young

    Hon. Andrew Young

    US Ambassador ret.

    Foundation’s Board of Trustees
    President of the Association’s Board of Trustees
    American Foundation's Board

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    Torsten Zugehör

    Lord Mayor
    Lutherstadt Wittenberg

    Foundation’s Advisory Council

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    Team

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    Dr. Martin von Broock

    Chairman of the Association’s Management Board
    Member of the Foundation’s Management Board

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    Waldemar Hötte

    Member of the Association’s Management Board
    Managing Director

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    Suchanek

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek

    Chair of the Foundation’s Management Board

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    Prof. Dr. Philipp Schreck

    Member of the Association’s Management Board

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    Friederike Fröhlich

    Research Fellow of the
    research project  "Leadership Ethics"
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    Dr. Manuela Glass

    Independent Advisor, New York City

     

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    Lisa-Marie Heimes

    Coordinator of the doctoral program
    Project Leader of "Herbstakademie"

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    Christian Kroll

    Research-Assistant of the
    research project "Leadership Ethics"

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    Mario Klimpke

    Team-Assistant
    IT-Administrator

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    PD Dr. Lisa Schmalzried

    Academic Head of the doctoral program
    Head of the research project "Leadership Ethics"

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    Dr. Michael Walter

    Project Leader of "Ethische Herausforderungen der digitalen Energiewende"

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    Sabine Wellnitz

    Project Leader of the "Energy Academy"
    Public Relations

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  • 18.05.2016

    Viewpoints

    Mit seinem Ansatz bezieht das WZGE Position zum Thema „Gute Führung“ im Spannungsfeld von Werten und Wirklichkeit.