"We support the philosophy of Economy for the Common Good and are glad when we can motivate other companies to do the same."
Antje von Dewitz, Managing Director of VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co.KG
"Economy for the Common Good provides a concrete proposal on how long-term social goals and values can be integrated into our economic system. Many entrepreneurs already measure their company's success using the CG Matrix (Common Good Matrix) – this is also evidence that this proposal is attractive for business. The ECG provides an alternative to the way we think about GDP growth and profit maximisation, and this is something we should not keep from our students."
Maike Sippel, Professor of Sustainable Economics, University of Konstanz at Lake Constance
"For SONNENTOR and myself in particular, the Economy for the Common Good is our heart's desire, a community through which I can continue to grow in the future and advance with more transparency.”
"Solidarity, environment and democracy must be on an equal footing with economics in a business strategy. We have already seen that an economy without ethics and measures does not function.”
Helmut Lind, Chairman of Sparda-Bank Munich eG (registered cooperative). The financial institution is considered the largest cooperative bank in Bavaria, with 234,000 members.
"Any economic system which favours the profit of a few at the expense of the majority will fail. The current economic model confuses financial profit with real social prosperity. Economy for the Common Good instead pursues a concrete goal, an idea, shared by a broad majority of the population: People and their basic needs should become the central focus."
Francisco Álvarez, Ethical Asset Management (Family Office). Producer of the radio programme "La bolsa y la vida" (Your money and your life) on public Spanish radio (RNE). His blog: Don't tell my mother I work in the stock market ("No le digas a mi madre que trabajo en bolsa"). He was vice-president of the Paris Stock Exchange and consultant general manager of Valencia Stock Exchange
"By thinking about the common good together, we will get a feel for what it is like to be in each other's shoes. We will be free from the worries of daily life, be filled with new strength and self-confidence, and feel deeply enriched. Economy for the Common Good is not just pretty words. Economy for the Common Good opens our hearts and plants the seeds of growth, of culture and beauty."
Michil Costa, Managing Director at Hotel La Perla in Corvara, Italy
"The idea behind Common Good Accounting is one that puts people and all living things, as well as the successful relationship between them, at the centre of the economy. Acting in solidarity, the belief in a just world, fair distribution of goods, opportunities and possibilities, are what inspires me about ECG. Complex problems can only be solved through more acceptance, understanding and care, and in pursuit of the common good instead of a one-dimensional illusion of growth."
Mag. Georg Willeit, Managing Director of Lebenshilfe Tirol, internationally experienced NGO Manager
"I support the Economy for the Common Good movement, because it creates a strong substantive drive for necessary cultural change in the economic system on the one hand, and on the other hand provides concrete tools, such as the Common Good Balance Sheet, to implement these ideals for sustainable development."
Christoph Harrach, Initiator of KarmaKonsum (Conference), yoga teacher and Diploma in Business Management
“Dignity, respect, ecological and social responsibility are essential for a future in this world. What remains after we die? The planet, our children and the memory of us - let's finally accept this responsibility in business!”
Lisa Muhr, Co-founder of the eco-fair fashion label, Göttin des Glücks
"It is our responsibility to protect our planet and safeguard it for future generations. We must stop believing that personal well-being can exist independent of collective well-being."
Anna Mercadé, Director of the Association of (Female) Entreprenuers in the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce
"Economy for the Common Good outlines an economic system based on values that can also be beneficial for our relationships. This is a prerequisite for helping to achieve an ecologically sustainable, socially just and meaningful entrepreneurship."
Vivian Dittmar, Author, Founder of Be the Change Charity for cultural change
“For me, it is important that we play an active part in a society where people and businesses successfully engage with each other in economic terms, valuing each other and caring for each other, fellow human beings and the world. I therefore support the ECG movement."
Ulrike Häußler, business and process engineer, independent management consultant at Schwerpunkt Geschäftsentwicklung (Business development) and ECG
"The current economic system is a threat to democracy, social peace and human rights. (...) It is important that we commit ourselves to alternatives for democracy, solidarity and the environment Economy for the Common Good is a comprehensive alternative model that combines all of these values and is already taking root in practice."
Stéphane Hessel, french Resistance fighter, survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp, diplomat, poet, essayist, and political activist (* 1917 - + 2013)
"I support Economy for the Common Good because it wants to create important prerequisites for successful independent enterprise and counteract the bias towards large companies that is inherent in the current economic system."
Christian Weinberger, senior advisor - Entrepreneurship & SME Policy, European Commission
"Everyone is talking about the fact that we need innovative ideas and concepts to overcome the economic, social and environmental crises. Everyone understands this to mean a continuation of growth-based economy, resource-hungry competition, and domination of the financial markets. In contrast, Economy for the Common Good presents a real new approach, an alternative, intelligent concept for economic activity and human cohabitation."
Konrad Paul Liessmann, an Austrian philosopher, essayist, literary critic and cultural journalist. Professor of Teaching methods for philosophy and ethics at the University of Vienna
"Economy for the Common Good aims for a democratic organisation of the economy. In particular, I value its process and its holistic approach. It aspires to enable us to overcome the many divisions in ur coexistence, be it in business, politics, law or ethics. It offers a participatory process to which everyone can bring their own values."
Philippe Mastronardi, Emeritus Professor of Public Law at the University of St. Gallen (HSG)
"If the human brain has far greater potential for networking than we ever imagined, we should be shaping our coexistence in such a way as to realise this potential. But because this should never be possible at the expense of others, it is time to for us to make this journey together. Schools, local authorities and companies can all contribute to achieving what we are capable of: a human community."
Gerald Hüther, Professor of Neurobiology, Head of the Centre for Neurobiological Prevention Research at the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Göttingen and the Institute of Public Health at the University of Mannheim / Heidelberg
"Christian Felber shows the path to an economy where money and markets are at the service of humans, not the other way round."
Jakob von Uexkül, writer, founder of the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize), initiator of the World Future Council, co-founder of the Alternative World Economic Summit (1984) and founder of the Estonian Renaissance Award (1993)
"Economy for the Common Good does excellent service to society, economic policies and also to economic theory, by restoring their lost dignity and humanity."
Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General, Caritas Europa
Bhutan’s philosophy of Gross National Happiness is an attempt to implement an alternative development paradigm that is centered on the Happiness of all the people and Wellbeing of all life forms. One fundamental condition to implement GNH is to change the way we conduct our economy. The Economy for the Common Good is key to forstering such a society based on collaboration, altruism, compassion and mindfulness. It is not an utopia, it is the very condition of the survival of our planet.
Ha Vinh Tho, Program Development Coordinator of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan
Economists who support the ECG
"Economy for the Common Good makes the leap from the neoliberal concept of common good in the market-metaphysical sense, to an economic system with concrete criteria designed to be useful in everyday life. Thus it represents the vanguard of a new and sustainable entrepreneurship"
Dr. Peter Ulrich:, emeritus Professor of Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG)
"Only an ECG-driven economy could meet the universal claim to human rights in a social world order in which all humanity can live free from fear and want, with equality, security and human dignity."
Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak, Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights
"The ECG is a viable alternative economy concept that is spreading in Europe and that asks the all-important question: What positive contribution does your organization bring to society? The ECG Matrix is an awesome tool to self-evaluate! At Business School Lausanne, it highlighted important blind spots that allowed us to sharpen our mission and embrace entirely new actions. Possibly the most significant strategic impulse at BSL in the past decade!"
Dr. Katrin Muff, Professor of Sustainability & Responsibility, Business School Lausanne
"People today like to think of the ECG's demands as utopian, but when it comes to the ecosphere, the slogan is: Let's be realistic, demand the impossible!"
Helge Peukert, Professor at the Department of Finance and Financial Sociology at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Erfurt
"Economy for the Common Good gives expression to an exceptionally wise understanding of the economy and its impact. It is a practical model that serves the people, accommodates nature and one that is based on genuine democracy. The ECG shows intelligence; its application is becoming increasingly important in calling into question the validity of economic growth and its measurement - the GDP, since this only indicates the speed, while representing neither direction nor real costs."
Federico Aguilera Klink, Professor of Applied Economics at the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain), 2004 winner of the Lucas Mallada award for Economy and Environment, conferred by the Ministry of the Environment
"Christian Felber is focusing on the most neglected part of our future: the new governance that will be necessary for a digital age."
Prof. Bernard Lietaer, civil engineer, economist, author (The Future of Money)
"Putting Economy for the Common Good into practice is perhaps the most important challenge of our generation."
Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT; co-founder, MITx u.lab