I volunteer in several organizations:
In 1986 I started my involvement in the Right Livelihood Foundation (“Alternative Nobel Prize”). I have served in various capacities on the jury and board – including as Chair. Since 2021, I have been co-chair of the international Advisory Council of the Right Livelihood Colleges (RLCs). The RLCs connect the international Right Livelihood Award laureates with universities around the world, thus connecting civil society with academia. This collaborative work has been promoting awareness of the pioneering work of changemakers since 2009.
In 2012, I co-founded Cradle to Cradle e.V. (now Cradle to Cradle NGO) and led it as chair until the end of 2019. Since 2020, I have been leading the advisory board with many dedicated people.
Since 2021, I have been advocating for eFuels in the eFuel Alliance. Synthetic fuels are crucial to the energy transition. That is why I am committed to their further development and practical use.
In Buchholz in der Nordheide, I have been involved in the city’s climate forum since 2020 as chair of the climate advisory board.
In 1989, I co-founded the scientific non-profit association Hamburger Umweltinstitut, of which I am still a member of the board.
Changing structures in society and business so that all actions are environmentally and health friendly has always been a concern of mine. In addition to my commitment to the Cradle to Cradle concept, I have been involved for many years with B.A.U.M., the Federal Working Group for Environmentally Conscious Management. I am currently a member of the sustainability advisory board of the Fair Future Fund (Green Growth Futura), which focuses on sustainable investments.
I am also involved in sustainability and Cradle to Cradle on the Board of Trustees of the Living City Foundation. I also contriute to the advisory boards of Welthungerhilfe, the Giordano Bruno Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim-Ruhr.
You can find more about my past honorary posts in my tabular curriculum vitae.