The popularity of ethical business practices has risen in recent years. At the same time, the principle of "Shareholder Value" has lost traction, especially since the recent financial and economic crisis. What’s taken its place is a more holistic approach that accounts for all of a company's stakeholders.

But is this trend permanently changing the way companies do business? How do you weigh the needs of stakeholders and interest groups and what is a fair balance of interests among all stakeholders? What are the ingredients of a fruitful dialogue with stakeholders and what opportunities does that dialogue present?

The answers to these questions and more are found in the study “Strength in Dialogue: Creating Value Through Stakeholder Engagement”, which Deutsche Post DHL will present on September 17 at a joint event with the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen. The study illustrates the importance of close relationships with stakeholders from different perspectives, with exampls and insights from distinguished experts in the academic and business worlds.

We cordially invite you to join us for a discussion of the findings in this new study and the shifting importance of stakeholder management.

We look forward to welcoming you.
Organization Team


Aula, University of St. Gallen, Dufourstr. 50, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland

September 17, 2014, 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Deutsche Post DHL in cooperation with the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen

Stakeholder Engagement – a Key Factor for Business Success

  • Prof. Dr. Christof E. Ehrhart, Executive Vice President Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL

Stakeholder Relations and the Perspectives of the St. Gallen Management Model

  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Rüegg-Stürm, Director of the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance (IMP-HSG), University of St. Gallen

Afterward, the speakers will be joined for a panel discussion by:

  • Achim Halfmann, Managing Editor, CSR NEWS
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Thomä, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), University of St. Gallen

Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner, Director of the Institute for Business Ethics,
University of St.Gallen

German. Simultaneous translation into English will be available.

After the discussion we invite you to join us for a cocktail reception.



Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner
has been the Director of the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen since 2011. He is the founder andco-editor of the “Journal for Business, Economics and Ethics” and the founder and director of the Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility. After studying economics at the University of Kassel (Germany) and the National University of Ireland, Thomas Beschorner earned his PhD in 2001 at the University of Erfurt (Germany) and received his habilitation in 2007 at the University of Oldenburg. From 2007 to 2009, he was DAAD Professor and since 2009 “Professeur Associé” at the University of Montréal.

Prof. Dr. Christof E. Ehrhart
is head of Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL. He has been an Executive Vice President of the world's largest logistics company, which is listed both in the Dax 30 as well as the Euro Stoxx 50, since March 1, 2009. From 2007 to 2008, Christof Ehrhart was head of worldwide corporate communications at the aerospace group EADS. He began his career in communications management in 1995 at Bertelsmann. Since 2013, he is an honorary professor for international corporate communications at the Institute for Communications and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. Achim Halfmann has been Managing Editor at CSR NEWS since 2006. CSR is one of the world's leading and most visited information platforms for Corporate Social Responsibility. With a degree in social welfare, he worked in a number of roles at the intersection between business and social welfare and has led projects in Africa and Asia, among others.

Achim Halfmann
also worked as a journalist, directing a trade publishing house and working for a news agency. Prof. Dr. Johannes Rüegg-Stürm has been Director of the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance (IMP-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen since 2010. His research focuses on the areas of strategic and organizational change, management of foundations as well as the advancement of systemsoriented management theory. After graduating and earning his doctorate in business administration at the University of St. Gallen, he took over project management functions at Ciba Geigy AG in Basel between 1989 and 1992. Thereafter, Johannes Rüegg-Stürm was a Junior Professor and then a Visiting Research Fellow at the Warwick Business School (UK). In 1998, he received his habilitation at the University of St. Gallen in the area of corporate transformation.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Thomä
has been a Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen since 2000. He was a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2002/3), at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (2009/10), Visiting Professor at the University of California at Davis (2012) as well as at Brown University in Providence (2013). His main fields of research are social philosophy, ethics, philosophy of culture, political philosophy and phenomenology. Dieter Thomä began his career as a journalist. After completing his practical training at the Henri-Nannen- Journalistenschule, he worked as an editor at Radio Free Berlin.