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Prof. Dr. Christine Volkmann
Faculty of Business and Economics
Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
Room: M-13.18
Gaußstraße 20
42119 Wuppertal

Phone: +49 202-439-3982
Fax: +49 202-439-2464
E-Mail: volkmann{at}

Mirjam Ballin
Room: M-13.17
Phone: +49 202-439-3979
Fax: +49 202-439-2464
E-Mail: Ballin{at}
Consultation hour: Mon-Thu 10-12h


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Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education:

The objective of SDG 4 is to provide inclusive, quality, lifelong education. As part of a university, education plays an essential role for the UNESCO Chair. The teaching activities and offers of the Chair primarily focus on entrepreneurship education, but always closely relate to the topics of sustainability and (social) responsibility. In this context, the UNESCO Chair offers courses on social entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainable business model development.

Sustainable Development Goal 5 - Gender Equality:

The chair contributes to SDG 5 through the projects "Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women Entrepreneurship" (EEWE) and "Women Entrepreneurs in Science" and the role of the chair holder as a member of the Equality Commission of the University of Wuppertal.

One of the core objectives of the EU project EEWE is to create or reinforce tailor-made strategies to support women entrepreneurship at regional or national level through closer cooperation between public authorities, private sector initiatives and relevant stakeholders. The findings from the EEWE project will flow into the establishment of an NRW-wide, cross-university network to support women entrepreneurs within the scope of the project "Women Entrepreneurs in Science”. The project aims to equalise the proportion of women in start-up projects. In addition to start-up sensitising events at universities, female start-up role models and mentors play a central role in the project.

Sustainable Development Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth:  

The objectives of SDG 8 place an explicit focus on the promotion of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation as well as on the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. These focal points are addressed through e.g. start-up support and the acquisition of funding (e.g. EXIST) for innovative, growth-oriented and sustainable start-up projects. The chair promotes and supports students in obtaining scientific knowledge on the key topics of innovation and entrepreneurship within the framework of courses and theses. In addition, theses and seminars in cooperation with regional stakeholders foster the transfer of scientific findings to companies, which in turn contributes to innovation and growth.

Sustainable Development Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure:

SDG 9 focuses, among other things, on establishing a basic infrastructure to promote business start-ups. In this context, the UNESCO Chair tackles the topic entrepreneurial ecosystems in research and teaching to investigate how a sustainable, stable and innovative ecosystem for entrepreneurship can be created.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities:

The idea of sustainable urban development is deeply rooted in SDG 11. The UNESCO Chair sees itself as a cooperation partner within and outside the university to promote a sustainable, entrepreneurial understanding in the Bergisch city triangle of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid. Regional cooperation partners include TransZent, Neue Effizienz, the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Circular Valley and UtopiaStadt.

Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production:

In the context of SDG 12, the concept of sustainable businesses and sustainability management plays an essential role. As part of the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, business students form the main target group of the teaching activities of the UNESCO Chair. The teaching concepts and initiatives of the Chair are based on the maxims of responsible and sustainable management in order to sensitise future company founders and managers to these issues at an early stage. The Start-up Center of the University of Wuppertal, initiated by the UNESCO Chair, also places a special focus on the promotion of sustainable start-ups. In the long term, Wuppertal is to become a beacon for sustainable start-ups.

Sustainable Development Goal 13 - Climate Action:

The activities of the UNESCO Chair are holistically oriented towards contributing to SDG 13. The Chair's courses raise awareness of the effects and interrelationships of climate change. Through the project "Sustainable Student Companies", the UNESCO Chair even addresses these issues to high school students. In this way, students learn at an early stage how they can make a positive contribution to society through entrepreneurial action. The Start-up Center not only supports (future) entrepreneurs, but shows them ways how to orient their business ideas towards sustainable solutions. In recent years, the UNESCO Chair has also repeatedly been involved in organizing the Wuppertal Climathon.

Sustainable Development Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals:

SDG 17 highlights the importance of cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder partnerships to promote sustainable development. The UNESCO Chair cooperates with numerous regional and international stakeholders from business, politics and civil society in the context of research, teaching and transfer activities. A focus is placed on the topics of entrepreneurship, sustainability and intercultural management.