Munich Transition for Tomorrow Summit 2021
25/10/2021

The dawn of a sustainable future

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On Monday 25th October, more than 20 people from various industries met at the “Munich Transition for Tomorrow_ Summit” to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by sustainable finance and business. Philipp Welte, Burda board member, and Sweelin Heuss, conference manager and Head of Programme & Services at For Our Planet, welcomed attendees to a varied programme all about sustainability. Various panel sessions explored exactly how sustainable transformation can work in politics, finance, food, fashion, transport and packaging. The conference was hosted by journalist and TV presenter Dunja Hayali.


“I am absolutely convinced that our society cannot overcome the enormous challenge of climate change without the professional, independent journalism offered by publishing houses.”

Philipp Welte, Burda board member


Accomplishing the task of the century

Markus Söder, Minister-President of Bavaria, expressed his support in the run-up to the conference: “The ‘Munich Transition for Tomorrow_ Summit’ shows that BurdaVerlag is aware of its journalistic responsibility.” His conversation with Dunja Hayali focused on climate change, otherwise known as the task of the century: “The real weak point in German climate policy is that there was no plan. We had good reasons for leaving nuclear energy behind. But there was no plan for what came next. It’s like buttoning a jacket incorrectly, and we’re still wearing that jacket today.”

Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, also made his feelings clear: “I expect the new government to introduce a European supply chain law that will set compulsory minimum standards for fashion and other consumer goods and ensure the European market maintains a high level of quality. We cannot and must not undermine standards by outsourcing production to countries where people are exploited abominably. Our air and water are clean because we get others to do the dirty work.”


“We have a goal, we just lack adequate measures. To achieve climate neutrality, all parties must take action and quickly transform their business models for the long term. We need to stop talking and instead discuss the tough issues – something we have achieved with the ‘Munich Transition for Tomorrow_ Summit’."

Sweelin Heuss, conference manager and Head of Programme & Services at For Our Planet


“We all have a duty”

All the speakers agreed that the only way to achieve our goal is to work together. Polar explorer Arved Fuchs sent a video message from Greenland and made an appeal to the audience: “We all have a duty to combat global warming in some way. We must work together to create a fair and habitable world in which future generations can live in peace and relative economic prosperity.”

But it wasn’t just the speakers who engaged in intensive discussions on sustainability; away from the stage, attendees from various industries came together to share their experiences. Those present included Professor Stefan Schaltegger (Leuphana University), Alexandra von Rehlingen (Schoeller & von Rehlingen), Elke Eller (former TUI board member), David Merz (BayWa), Sebastian Müller (right. based on science), Hannah Witting (B.A.U.M. e.V.) and Constanze Schweizer (sapor).

The event was held in Munich’s Andaz Hotel Schwabinger Tor in compliance with hygiene regulations. Photos for editorial use are available free of charge on Flickr.

About For Our Planet

BurdaVerlag aims to serve as a journalistic platform for in-depth and well-founded discussions on the ecological, social and political consequences of climate change. In early 2021 it launched For Our Planet, a journalistic initiative to raise awareness of the change in the global climate, the greatest challenge of our time. There are two dimensions to this initiative: a journalistic offensive supported by a year-round campaign in all BurdaVerlag media, and a new sustainability brand that bears the same name. Initial offerings from this brand include the special publication “Klimagazin” and the “Munich Transition for Tomorrow_ Summit”, which is supported by Union Investment, B.A.U.M. e.V., ClimatePartner and Focus magazine.

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Philipp Welte, Member of the Executive Board of Burda opened the sustainability conference (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder on stage with journalist Dunja Hayali (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Sabine Mauderer, Member of the Executive Board of the central bank of Germany (Deutsche Bundesbank) (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Christian Hochfeld, Executive Director Agora Verkehrswende, and Stefan Wolf, president of Gesamtmetall and CEO of ElringKlinger AG (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Focus Editor-in-Chief Robert Schneider (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Werner Schnappauf, Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development, Former Minister of State and Former CEO and Member of the Presidium of the Federation of the German Industries (BDI) (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Sabine Nallinger, Managing Director of the Foundation 2° – German Businesses for Climate Protection (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Jan Fleischhauer, Member of the Focus Editorial Board (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Hans Joachim Reinke, Chief Executive Officer at Union Investment (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

The “Munich Transition for Tomorrow_ Summit” took place at the Andaz Hotel in Munich (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Markus Mosa, Chief Executive Officer at Edeka Zentrale Stiftung & Co. KG (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Dunja Hayali, Markus Mosa, Chief Executive Officer at Edeka Zentrale Stiftung & Co. KG, Benedikt Bösel, Chief Executive Officer Gut & Bösel, Schlossgut Alt Madlitz GmbH & Co. KG, Peter Wesjohann, Chief Executive Officer at Lohmann & Co. AG (PHW Group), Eberhard Brandes, Chairman of the Executive Board at WWF Germany (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Nora Sophie Griefahn, Chairman of the Executive Board at Cradle to Cradle NGO (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Dunja Hayali, Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, John Cloppenburg, Member of the Executive Board at Peek & Cloppenburg KG, Heiko Schäfer, Chief Operating Officer at Hugo Boss AG (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

Markus Mosa, Chief Executive Officer at Edeka Zentrale Stiftung & Co. KG, and Philipp Welte, Member of the Executive Board of Burda (c) Dominik Gigler for Hubert Burda Media

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