Topic:  Intergenerational Justice as a model for Businesses

Questions 2003/2004:

The following questions were addressed:

  1. In how far is intergenerational justice a businesses’ duty?
  2. Which instruments and models exist to help implement intergenerational justice in businesses? (e.g. initiatives in businesses and the economy, taxation by the state, the influence of other actors)
  3. In how far have these stood the test of time?
  4. Which alternatives would you suggest?


Winners 2003/2004

Congratulations to the following prize-winners:

1st Place (€5,000):
Jan-Marek Pfau

2nd Place (€3,000):
Frauke David, Oliver Falck, Stephan Heblich und Christopf Kneiding


Symposium 2004

Symposium 2004: 10–12 September, Arnoldshain

Intergenerational justice as the mission statement of businesses


In association with 

  • Gesellschaft Evangelische Akademie in Hessen und Nassau
  • Yois, Deutschland

Financial support gratefully received from

  • Jacobs Foundation
  • Haniel Stiftung
  • Hessisches Sozialministerium



Pensions, the lack of apprentice training positions, youth unemployment and the rollback of solidarity in the community are issues which the media confronts us with on a daily basis. In these circumstances the term “Intergenerational justice” is becoming more meaningful. This makes it all the more astonishing that intergenerational justice in business policies has stayed in the background, despite the fact that transnational companies are becoming increasingly important actors thanks to globalisation. The FRFG organised this symposium in order to help make up this deficit, under the motto that even the longest journey begins with a single step.


About 80 renowned representatives from the fields of science, economics, politics, and society discussed, for example, how Intergenerationally just businesses can compete in the market place. The agreed goal of the organisers was to create a discussion focussing on the responsibilities of the businesses in this area. Apart from interesting presentations and all kinds of discussions, the symposium was also the ideal setting in which to present the second intergenerational justice award.

A very happy 1st Prize winner, Jan-Marek Pfau

The best essays are published in the book “The intergenerationally just approach to running a business” .