Report: Conference - Governance and Corporate Responsibility in Russia


From 19 to 21 November 2014, an international conference on governance and corporate responsibility in Russia was held in Dusseldorf by the Party Research Institute (PRuF) and the Freie Universität Berlin. The conference was part of a METRO GROUP funded research project on "Regulation by law and social institutions in Eastern Europe", which has successfully been implemented from 2007 until 2011 at the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf. The event has been organized by Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp (Chair of German Politics ar Freie Universität Berlin & head of the METRO GROUP funded research project), Prof. Dr. Thomas Poguntke (Chair of Comparative Politics & Director of PRuF) and Dr. Johannes Schuhmann (Research Fellow at PRuF & Director, ESG Evrazia).

The conference focused on corporate responsibility challenges that companies face in contemporary Russia. It examined the cooperation and coordination between the state, business and civil society, and the need for modern societies to practice horizontal governance in order to address new societal challenges. The following topics were at the core of the conference:

  • Business, NGOs, and the state: Cooperative management of societal challenges; a comparison of Germany and Russia
  • Stakeholder engagement. International standards – National cultures
  • Corporate responsibility. State and society actors’ expectations of business
  • The role of trade as a driver of social modernization in Russia
  • Supply chain management. The long arm of international corporations
  • Environment. State regulation and voluntary environmental protection
  • Society. Philanthropy as main corporate responsibility obligation in Russia
  • What do business, state and civil society actors expect of academia?

The conference facilitated an interdisciplinary exchange of expertise between academics and practitioners from business, state and civil society. The following experts took part in the panels and working groups:

  • Rainer Agster | Director of Private Sector Co-operation, adelphi
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bodo Abel | University of Hamburg
  • Tatyana Bachinskaya | Executive Director, Center of Philanthropy Development "Soprichastnost"
  • Prof. Dr. Yury Blagov | St. Petersburg State University
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm | Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Jo Crotty | University of Salford
  • Victoria Dolina | CSR & Non-financial Reporting Project Manager, ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.
  • Dr. Marc Jan Eumann | Secretary of State for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Dr. Elena Feoktistova | Director CSR & Non-financial Reporting, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
  • Dr. Alexey Grigoriev | Vice President Public & Government Relations, METRO GROUP Russia
  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hahn | University of Kassel
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch | Vice President, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Heiko Hutmacher | Member of the Management Board, METRO AG and METRO Cash & Carry
  • Alexander Ivanov | Manager for Regional Policy, Gazprom Neft
  • Prof. Dr. Natalia Khonyakova | named Severstal Professor, European University at St. Petersburg
  • Alexey Knizhnikov | Coordinator Environmental Policy, WWF Russia)
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp | Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Krylov | Director, West-Ost-Institute Berlin
  • Monika Lehmhaus | Chairwoman, Committee for Business Development, Tourism and Real Estate, City of Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Dr. Igor Mintusov | St. Petersburg State University and Chairman, Niccolo M
  • Anne Pattberg | Senior Manager Sustainability Services, PwC
  • Prof. Dr. Nikolay Petrov | Higher School of Economics, Moscow
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Poguntke | PRuF, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Natalia Poppel | Head of CSR and Branding Department, Severstal
  • Rob Scholte | Chief Operations & Supply Chain Officer, METRO Cash & Carry
  • Dr. Johannes Schuhmann | PRuF, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and Director, ESG Evrazia
  • Prof. Dr. Marina Sheresheva | Moscow State University
  • Vladimir Shutilin | Manager for Social and Charity Projects, Gazprom Neft
  • Dr. sc. habil. Evgeny Shvarts | Director of Conservation Policy, WWF Russia
  • Dr. Susan Stewart | Deputy Head of Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security Affairs - SWP
  • Claus-Peter Thiessies | Head of International Manufacturing Projects Beauty Care, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
  • Prof. Dr. Vladimir Yakimets | Russian Academy of Sciences

The conference was generously supported by the METRO-Foundation, the METRO Group, the City of Dusseldorf and Dr. Angelika Schwall-Düren, Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Programm der Konferenz

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