Information about the forum

The goal of the BEST ECONOMY forum is to create a manifesto aimed at policy makers from economy and politics on a national, European and world-wide level. The manifesto will explicitly state which measures need to be implemented in the short (2 years), medium (5 years) and long term (15 years) in order to fulfil the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

By participating in this forum you are contributing to giving substance to these demands, and as one of the entrepreneurs who are willing to take on responsibility for our future you make our voice matter.

Terms and conditions

  1. You are an entrepreneur with a keen interest in a sustainable development of the global economy.
  2. You are at least 18 years old.

Best Economy forum 2021

The next Best Economy forum will take place between the 20. – 22.02.2021. More information coming soon.

The ticket includes:

Participation in the conference, 3 coffee breaks, 1 lunch break, 2 dinner events with musical accompaniment as well as beverages and fruit. For all meals, only organically sourced products are used. Travel and lodging are not included.

The following focus groups are open to attendees:

Immer mehr Menschen sehnen sich danach, ihr berufliches Handeln in Einklang mit ihren ethischen Überzeugungen zu bringen. Ihre Lebenszeit allein gegen Geld einzutauschen ist für viele der denkbar toxischste Kontext. Wonach es sie sehnt, ist zum einen, einem übergeordneten, sinnstiftenden Auftrag zu dienen, mit Verhaltensweisen, die Beziehungen auf Augenhöhe Ausdruck verleihen, zum anderen ist der selbstbewusste Mensch der Gegenwart auch daran interessiert, seine ureigensten Potentiale zu heben und seinen Talenten, Erkenntnissen, Gefühlen und Lernprozessen im beruflichen Wirken Ausdruck zu verleihen. Diese Spannung zwischen dem aktuellen Status Quo in der Wirtschaft und den immer deutlich wahrnehmbaren Sehnsüchten/Entwicklungen der sich immer bewusster werdenden Menschen nimmt zu und erzeugt ein großes kreatives Potential.

Die Ziele:

In 2 Jahren: Ethisches Wirtschaften soll in Politik, Medien und Ausbildung als Wert genannt und beworben werden. Die Wahl des „erfolgreichsten“ Managers des Jahren (z.B. in Südtirol), soll mit der Wahl zum „erfolgreichen ethischen Manger“ des Jahres ersetzt werden. In Handels- und Berufskammern, an Wirtschaftsschulen und an der Universität finden meinungsbildende Dialoge zur Wertebildung eines Ethischen Wirtschaftens statt.

In 5 Jahren: Öffentliche Einrichtungen wenden dialogische Überprüfungsverfahren an, um ethische Wirtschaftsweisen festzustellen. An der Ethik sind hinkünftig die Auszahlung von Förderungen gekoppelt, genauso wie der Steuersatz daran gekoppelt ist. Banken sind angewiesen, ethischen Unternehmen einen sehr viel einfacheren Zugang zu Liquidität zu ermöglichen und ihnen bedeutsam verbesserte Finanzierungskonditionen anzubieten.

In 10 Jahren: Ethische Unternehmen sind rundum die Gewinner: Sie arbeiten steuerbegünstigt, gewinnen den Kampf um Talente, kommen einfach in den Genuss von öffentlichen Fördergeldern und Bankenfinanzierungen. In Krisenmomenten genießen sie die Unterstützung der öffentlichen Hand. Die Gesetzmäßigkeiten der Wirtschaft haben sich zugunsten eines Vorrangs ethischer Unternehmungen vollkommen geändert.

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: ETHICAL ECONOMY

A “circular economy” is a vision of a future society where waste is transformed into resources and circulated in smart and sustainable ways. The vision has the aim to enable us to continue producing goods within the planet’s boundaries. Circular economy has the last few years risen on the agenda with actors as Ellen MacArthur foundation, the development of EU´s Circular economy package and companies taking the lead presenting circular solutions fueled by e.g. the Cradle to cradle methodology and certificate. At the same time, only 7 % of business leaders in Sweden have heard of the concept of circular economy, revealing that we have a long way to go to make it a natural part of every business practice. The circular economy development has had a focus on design and developing material being a good first step. We now have to take the next step. How do we make circular businesses more profitable than linear alternatives? How do we enable the legal structure to be adjusted from a linear to a circular economy without compromising environmental protection? How do we shift the minds of consumers and enterprises to start using resources instead of owning and/ or consuming them? How is the circular economy scaled- and speeded up?

Resource consumption within the planet’s boundaries – EU has led the way transforming global business practice from a linear to a circular economy – Reuse and up-cycling are fueled by renewable energy and at a high degree done locally – The most profitable businesses in Europe are circular – There is a clear and long-term strategy troughout EU supporting a circular development and making it more expensive to use virgin and scarce resources – A broad variety of circular business practices such as product as a service, regenerative agriculture and forestry, industrial symbiosis etc. are well known among business leaders.

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: IMAGINING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY


Coming just recently back from Africa I am more than ever convinced, that this Continent will mainly shape the future of mankind.The reasons are: Africas political systems are in many cases not stable at all. This may cause great conflicts which endanger bigger and even worldwide conflicts.

Africa and the global south is mostly endangered by climate change.This, together with conflicts may cause huge streams of refugees… Africa is a big rason for hope. There are strong, young and very creative populations that can make this continent a cradle of Innovation for sustainable Solutions for the future. For that reason it is not only a duty for humanitarian reason but also for the future of mankind to support and cooperate with the global south.

Most important is education with future oriented curriculae and fostering especially the role and rights of women.

2. Goals:

  • In the next years we must learn, that the global south is the place where the future of mankind is going to be decided. My Goal is to inform people in my Country about this issue.
  • For the education of next / future generation the issues of fairness, sustainability, common googs, community and common survival I want to implemented new goals for mankind in curriculae.
  • I want to replace the aim of profit by common good.
  • Fight climate change to give a chance to the global south
  • Support small sclae agriculture and the regeneration of souls and soils in all parts of the world
  • Tbd and tbd

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: JUSTICE OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH

We are often confronted with the sentence “organic food is too expensive”. However, in the context of climate change and limited planetary resources, it is conventional food that should be considered too cheap, as it does not properly account for the true costs of food production, i.e. the environmental, health and social costs. We therefore need a paradigm shift in thinking about agricultural practices where prices reveal the true cost of production and consumption, including so-called “externalities”, i.e. hidden costs such as water pollution which the society as a whole currently bears.

Consumers currently pay four times for the (unsustainable) food they buy: when they pay the product prices at the shop, in terms of taxes used to subsidize unsustainable agricultural practices, in terms of taxes to mitigate the negative externalities (e.g. cleaning polluted water), and finally in terms of health costs. In order to transform this clearly inefficient and unsustainable economic and agricultural model, costs and benefits of food production should be accounted for. In other words, positive and negative external costs should be imbedded in the final price. In order to achieve this, food and farming actors along the food supply chain have to work together with policymakers to develop a unified framework of indicators for true cost accounting and value pricing which helps reward practices that deliver public benefits. Only in this way will we achieve real prices for fair markets.

Goals in the short and medium term (2-5 years)

  • Through better communication about the environmental, social and health benefits of organic production, consumers globally are increasingly aware of the benefits of buying organic, the true costs behind the food they buy, and the origin of their food. Ultimately, consumers turn more towards local and organic foods.
  • Farmers increasingly convert to organic and agroecological practices. In Europe, this is enabled by a reformed CAP which ensures that environmental and socio-economic outcomes delivered by farmers are fully incentivised and rewarded. Access to land for farmers applying organic and agroecological practices will also be prioritised.

Goals in the long-term (10 years)

  • Organic is on every table and half of the agricultural land in Europe is managed according to organic and agroecological practices. Particularly, stark improvements have been made in the criteria for green public/private procurement which ensure sustainable diets in public canteens and private sector mass catering.
  • A thorough review of EU food-related legislation ensures that there is increased coherence between policies related to food, farming, health, education and the environment. It will no longer be the case that consumers pay for their food more than once due to the external costs of unsustainable agricultural practices.
  • The true cost of foods will be known to consumers via a unified framework for true cost accounting and value pricing.

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: REAL PRICES FOR FAIR MARKETS

Neue Formen von Eigentümerschaft stehen im Mittelpunkt der Fokusgruppe “neue Organisationsformen für neues Wirtschaften”. Wolfgang Gutberlet, Sohn des Gründers von tegut, hat zwei Stiftungen ins Leben gerufen, um langfristig die Führung des Unternehmens zu sichern und Teile des verfügbaren Unternehmenseinkommens gemeinnützig verwenden zu können. Damit hat er das Familienunternehmen abgesichert und Kontinuität ermöglicht. Die Purpose-Stiftung gegründet von Armin Steuernagel unterstützt und ermuntert Unternehmen, ähnliche Wege zu gehen. Gewinnorientierung ist nicht Selbstzweck sondern Mittel, um einen Zweck zu erreichen, der den Menschen, der Umwelt und den zukünftigen Generationen dient. Sein Ziel ist es, privates Eigentum den Menschen zur Verfügung zu stellen, die Verantwortung dafür tragen. Dies schließt Mitarbeitende und Kunden und Kundinnen ein, die im Sinne Armin Steuernagels Mitunternehmer und Mitunternehmerinnen werden. Die Fokusgruppe wird, im Sinne, gelebter Praxis, mit Elementen der Soziokratischen Konsentmoderation gestaltet. Sie ist somit ein Augenzwinkern für alle Unternehmen, die Mitarbeitermitbestimmung ernst nehmen.

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: NEW FORMS OF ORGANISATION FOR NEW FORMS OF ECONOMY

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: MONEY WITH MEANING

Gerade im Bereich Tourismus gibt es viele Herausforderungen zu bestehen. Nachhaltigkeit fängt bei uns bereits bei der Anreise an und geht über die Führung des Hotels hin bis zur Zufriedenheit der Mitarbeiter und Gäste. Daher wählen wir für dieses Forum das „Mehr“ das wir glauben daß uns die nächsten Jahre am meisten beschäftigen wird.

Das „mehr“ steht für:

– Arbeitsplätze, in denen sich der Mitarbeitende entwickeln kann.
– Hotelaufenthalt, der digital vorbereitetet ist und vor Ort emotional berührt.

Ökologie und Ökonomie und damit Best Economy beginnt, funktioniert und endet mit einem

Mitarbeitenden der sich laufend weiterentwickelt und einem Gast, der uns empfiehlt.

In dieser Fokusgruppe zeigen wir Wege auf, dass das funktionieren kann.

Here you can find the results of the Focus Group: MORE THAN HOTEL

For further information on our focus groups please see our programme.

You can participate in 2 focus groups.
The conference will be held in English unless certain events should be labelled otherwise.

Your contact for all organisational questions:
Elisabeth Schmid-Wastian
0049 (0) 815 390 997 882

The ticket booking option will be activated shortly.

Möchten Sie das Best Economy Forum 2021 unterstützen? Melden Sie sich bitte bei Carola Petrone:

Rooms have been blocked in the following hotels for participants of the congress (ask for “BEST ECONOMY forum”).

Bio-Hotel Steineggerhof

Bühlweg 14, 39053 Steinegg

Tel: +39 (0) 471 376 573

Bio Hotel Residenz Pazeider

Nörderstraße 32, 39020 Marling

Tel: +39 (0) 473 448 740

Bio-Hotel & Residence Kaufmann

Fleimstalstraße 16, 39040 Auer

Tel: +39 (0) 471 810 004

Bio Hotel Theiner´s Garten

Andreas-Hofer-Straße 1, 39010 Gargazon

Tel: +39 (0) 473 490 880

Parkhotel Luna Mondschein

Piavestraße 15, 39100 Bozen
Tel: +39 (0) 471 975 642

Four Points by Sheraton

Bruno-Buozzi-Straße 35, 39100 Bozen

Tel: +39 (0) 471 195 0000

Hotel Regina A.

Tel: +39 (0) 471 972 195

Stadt Hotel Citta

Walther Platz 21, 39100 Bozen

Tel: +39 (0) 471 975 221

Hotel Eberle

Obermagdalena 39, 39100 Bozen

Tel: +39 (0) 471 976 125

The Lodge – Golfclub Eppan

Tel: +39 (0) 471 166 0056

A shuttle service to these hotels is available.

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