“The perception of social responsibility by companies means, first and foremost, that they introduce their problem-solving expertise. Corporate activity is problem-solving action for overriding purposes and not an end in itself.

Strategic CSR is the implementation concept for ethically founded corporate activity and thereby the contribution towards a sustainable development.”

Since 2006 Gerhard Prätorius has been in charge of CSR and Sustainability at the Volkswagen Group. He joined Volkswagen in 1992 as manager for the environment and worked for the Volkswagen Group as a managing director for regional development agencies, which dealt with technology transfer, especially in the fields of new transportation systems and environmental technologies.

Gerhard Prätorius graduated in Economics, Political Science, and German Literature.

Prätorius is a honorary professor at the Technical University Braunschweig. He published numerous articles in the field of sustainability and mobility.

Prätorius is a member of the board of econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V. – and of CSR Europe. Currently he is also a member of the Advisory Group Supply Chain Sustainability of the Global Compact.