It is state of the art that companies develop strategies on how they strive to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, how they implement human rights due diligence assessments and how they increase diversity. These kinds of activities are summarized under the term Corporate Social Responsibility. They aim at taking responsibility for societal issues beyond legal compliance.
However, the discussion on the responsibility of companies with respect to the positive and negative effects of the digitalization of their business models is quite new. This discussion is conducted under the term Corporate Digital Responsibility.
In order to promote the debate on this topic and to provide companies with a learning platform, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) launched the CDR-Initiative in 2018. In the context of the 2019 Digital Summit in Dortmund, representatives of the initiative showed why the issue of digital responsibility is of great importance, what good examples already exist and what contribution the CDR-Initiative is making to advance the issue.
ConPolicy-Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun, moderated the panel discussion between BMJV-State Secretary Gerd Billen, Christiane Fritsch from ING Deutschland, Daniel Schmid from SAP SE, Andrea Martin from IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich as well as Dr. Marc Al-Hames from Cliqz.