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BMW Group Dialogues 2021

The BMW Group Dialogues were created in 2011 because BMW wanted to listen, learn and facilitate an exchange between BMW and different stakeholders from politics, business, science, and academia to discuss sustainability topics.

For the past years, it meant traveling to cities on different continents to discuss topics like the future of mobility, corporate responsibility, or responsibility in the supply chain.

This year’s event marked my fourth time moderating the BMW Group Dialogues, which is always a truly amazing event and packed with content I am deeply passionate about, mobility and sustainability.

Hosted by the wonderful Labour Relations Director and CHRO of BMW Group, Ilka Horstmeier, we talked about Circular Responsibility in all its facets. Suffice to say that such a broad topic requires looking at it from different perspectives.

Trying to cover as many aspects as possible in a day, we first heard from BMW experts Head of Sustainability Design Daniela Bohlinger and General Manager of the Battery Cell Technology Group about Circular Design and Battery Technology and Recycling.

In our panels, we spoke with Heba Aguib from the RESPOND Accelerator of the BMW Foundation and Vice President Sustainability, Mobility at the BMW Group, Dr. Thomas Becker about Responsible Leadership and „Radical Collaboration”, and discussed social responsibility with Techfounders Managing Director Miki Yokoyama and Prof. Veronika Grimm, member of the German Council of Economic Experts.

But most important was the involvement of the audience and different stakeholder groups through various live polls and Q&A with the participants. It was incredible after all this time of digital-only events to have a live audience again, in addition to a virtual audience joining the live stream in the afternoon.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Group Dialogues or want to watch the presentations and discussions, visit the BMW Group Dialogues website.