In recent years, the issue of sustainability has become an increasingly important part of corporate policy. As early as 2009, 20 Fraunhofer institutes and facilities came together to form the Sustainability Network, a bottom-up initiative from which a structured process has since emerged and been adopted at the executive level. The Fraunhofer IMW is one of the founding members of the initiative.

“For us, sustainable management means taking responsibility and actively shaping the future,” says Professor Neugebauer. With this in mind, in 2014 the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft presented its first ever sustainability report, which outlines the understanding of sustainability, the objectives and the measures undertaken. This is the start towards transparent communication about the sustainability activities and serves as an instrument for long-term sustainability management.

In our team, economists, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, engineers and scientists conduct interdisciplinary and application oriented research for private and public clients (companies, local authorities, associations, ministries). Economic activities are strengthened and realigned on a daily basis to meet the ideals of a sustainable economy.

Socioeconomic research on sustainability at Fraunhofer IMW.


Research Projects on Sustainability

Publications on Sustainability

Events on Sustainability

Research units with projects on sustainability

Stakeholder Dialogue and Social Acceptance Unit

Innovation Financing Unit

Professionalizing Transfer Processes Unit

Research and Business Accelerator Unit

Professional Development and Competence Management Unit

Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Development Cooperation Unit


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bruckner Nonresident Distinguished Fellow of the institute.

Fraunhofer Sustainability Network


Sustainability Network



Participation: Fraunhofer IMW joins innovation network ”Morgenstadt: City Insights”

Climate information at a glance: the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center at

The Leipzig Fraunhofer Center has carried out research on the consequences of climate change for quite some time; this important information will be made available on the internet portal in the future. This “climate navigator” provides an overview of climate-relevant research, scientific findings regarding climate change and climate adaptation initiatives.


Research cooperation with the Innovationszentrum für Bioenergie