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What Participants and Experts Have to Say

Business and academic experts concur with the concept of the Mannheim Master in Sustainability and Impact Management. Learn more about their assessment of the demand for Sustainable Impact Management and our specialized master's program.


"We are in the midst of a paradigm shift towards a resource efficient economy. One that holds enormous opportunity if we think through and further consider the interrelationships between the environment, society and the economy, and responsibly generate value for them at all levels. It is our duty to come up with new tools and rethink the way we steer businesses, putting values at the core of every decision. This essential understanding also forms the basis of the new Mannheim Business School master’s program. The curriculum emphasizes that long-term values are at the heart of sustainable corporate success."

Saori Dubourg, Member of the Executive Board, BASF SE

"Sustainability and social responsibility have become centrally important, not only in the business world but also at Mannheim Business School, an institution of high standing throughout Europe. The new Mannheim Master in Sustainability and Impact Management is a good example of this. It’s all about creating cross-functional solutions to the new challenges of professional life as well as added value for society at large. Mannheim Business School forges a strong link between academic methodological expertise and sustainable management in practice."

Dr. Sebastian Rudolph, Vice President Communications, Sustainability and Politics, Porsche AG

"Sustainable management will become a decisive factor for corporate success in all business areas. I see particularly great potential when it comes to employee engagement and involvement. If employees are enabled to identify opportunities for sustainable actions and decision making within their daily jobs, if they are able to get their colleagues and superiors on board, and thus actively promote change towards sustainable future businesses, this is a huge lever and multiplicator for sustainable companies in every sector and industry.

The Mannheim Master in Sustainability and Impact Management provides employees and future executives with the toolkit required to achieve the maximum positive impact in the development of their career and that of their organization."

Andrea Pernkopf, Managing Director help alliance, Lufthansa Group

"We can proudly claim that Mannheim is a worldwide pioneer in its commitment to a more sustainable and just world. This couldn’t be more evident than in the core values of "Mannheim 2030", a mission statement drawn up by more than 2,500 citizens and a large number of local institutions, and based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This is why I very much welcome the fact that a degree program that consistently focuses on sustainable business has now been launched at Mannheim Business School. It will specifically train young managers to positively influence corporate activities in the future, not only in Mannheim and the surrounding region, but worldwide."

Dr. Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim

"In the future, managers will constantly have to make decisions that involve striking a balance between commercial, environmental and social factors. Consequently, there will also be a transition to different structures, value drivers, product portfolios and even business models. We need degree programs that holistically convey knowledge and methods to not only understand such transformation processes, but also actively develop and implement them in practice. The new master’s program at Mannheim Business School is an excellent example of this."

Talke Schaffrannek, Director Circular Economy, BASF SE, Alumna MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA

"A smart corporate policy geared toward sustainability will be critical to success in the future. This is no easy task because, on the one hand, the sustainability strategy must be in line with the company’s DNA, while on the other hand, sustainability has a bearing on all functional areas. The curriculum and structure of the new degree program at Mannheim Business School prepares students for these challenges in the best possible manner."

Apurva Gosalia, Consultant, Partner, Hon. Lecturer, Senator Sustainability – Former Chief Sustainability Officer & Vice President Global Intelligence

"Sustainability is not only a societal megatrend, but also a challenge and opportunity for corporations. It affects the way we do business today – and it will determine our business model in future.

Such developments are an opportunity for both companies and their employees. The latest knowledge and skills related to sustainability will be key competencies in a fast-changing business environment."

Dr. Volker Proffen, Corporate Governmental Affairs, Südzucker AG

"Due to the increasing emergence of pressing sustainability issues, we need to fundamentally rethink and redesign how we do business in the coming years. This master’s program takes a holistic approach to training participants to address these challenges in three stages. First, they receive comprehensive training in the basics of management. Then, they study and apply the latest methods of impact measurement and management. And finally, they develop their personal and entrepreneurial skills to become proactive changemakers, making their organizations more sustainable, innovative and resilient."

Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Academic Director Mannheim Master in Sustainability and Impact Management


Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.