Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher is a German mathematician and economist. He is Professor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) at the University of Ulm and Director of the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n), a foundation of public law. He is co-founder of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, a socio-ecological plan to eradicate poverty while increasing global wealth and protecting natural resources. He is also President of the German Senat der Wirtschaft e.V., President of the Senate of Economy International, Vice President of the Ecosocial Forum Europe in Vienna, President of the German Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development (RFPD) and member of Club of Rome.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AG is a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. H&M operates in 62 countries with over 4,000 stores and as of 2015 employed around 132,000 people. It is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer. At the conference a representative from the German CSR department will hold a speech.
FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare charity. Their vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. To reach their goals of animal protection, human safety and nature conservation Four Paws is doing projects and campaigns, which provide short-term and long-term solutions for animals in need. Secondly they aim to improve the political climate for animal welfare and prevent animal suffering in the future.
FEMNET is a non-profit organization, which stands up for the economic, cultural and social rights of women. The organization specifically supports women in the garment industry in Asia – women who are fighting for their rights. FEMNET provides educational and awareness seminars in Germany about the working conditions in the garment industry. Women in Bangladesh or India represent the majority of the employees in the garment industry. They especially suffer under the cruel working conditions, like the extremely low wages, the lack of organisational freedom, unpaid and forced overtime, sexual harassment and other forms of gender-specific discrimination as well as insecure employment.
The hessnatur foundation (German: hessnatur Stiftung) is an independent non-profit organization with a focus on research and development of applied sustainability. They are especially working in the areas of sustainability management, support of development assistance and environmental protection.