Common Good Economy Quick Test

* Interest in public welfare-oriented WIRtschaften
* Research in the sphere of activity and own company
* Honesty and willingness to change

* GWÖ quick test (see link below)

"Our current economic system is upside down. Money has become a self-purpose instead of a means to what really matters: a good life for all."
Christian Felber, author of the book "Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie" and co-initiator of the Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie movement
Are you also wondering how you can make your company fairer and more sustainable? Then you might be interested in the Common Good Economy! Get to know the economic model and its tools:

The Common Good Economy (GWÖ) - as the name suggests - an alternative, common good-oriented economic model that promotes a change in the value system. Companies of any legal form can have their balance sheets drawn up and their success measured against values oriented toward the common good. The common good matrix includes values such as "human dignity," "transparency and co-decision," and "solidarity and justice. These values can be measured by balancing them with the contact groups - e.g., "Customers & Co-enterprises," "Suppliers," and "Social Environment." And the financial health of an organization is also an important criterion here.
More than 1,000 companies have already decided to do business for the common good.

To get to grips with this complex topic: Why not take the GWÖ quick test, for a first overview?
First step with the GWÖ quick test
To get started, you can also start with a GWÖ quick test - with or without consulting. Afterwards you can decide if further steps are an option for your organization!
Here you can find the quick test.

If, after the quick test, you have acquired a taste for it and would like to take further steps towards becoming a GWÖ-certified company, there are many advantages:
+ You will learn what contribution you are already making to the common good
+ You discover further potentials of your company, how you can manage and develop more sustainably
+ Accompaniment by GWÖ-Consultants:inside
+ with the common good report you can publicly show and make transparent which values your organization represents, this creates trust with all partners and customers.
+ The preparation of the report strengthens the vision and concept of your organization, through this sharpening of vision new ideas and input for the design of new products and services are created

The balancing can take place on one's own, with advice from GWÖ consultants or in an accompanied group of several organizations. It is a big and important step, so here is a quick test to get you started...
On the page you will find all information about GWÖ, consulting and balancing.
And of course there are other models and approaches to strengthen the common good in the company: e.g. fair procurement, the doughnut economy, needs-based salaries and much more.

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This recipe is from Maria Seeger

Simply switch off for a while - install a timer

* Desire to save electricity and money
* Set time frame for power shutdown
* Facility Manager:in / Technical Officer:r
* Central control system

* Timer

Do you also know that devices at the workplace are often constantly on standby or the light is permanently on? This doesn't have to be the case in order to conserve resources. Rising electricity prices make it another strong argument in favor of a Timer.

Grab the facility manager (or similar expert or decision maker) and together set a time frame for when the power can be turned off (e.g., 10-6 p.m., depending on the building's hours of operation or core business hours).

IMPORTANT: Clarify whether there are certain devices and areas in your company that must not be disconnected from the power grid. (This includes certain servers, emergency lighting or, if applicable, the refrigerator in the coffee kitchen, etc.) For this purpose, a small survey with announcement of the project can be useful.

Install the timer yourself or have it installed by a craftsman. (If necessary, it makes sense to do this via the central control, or on main lines for individual building branches).

Inform all employees - according to the motto: "Do good and talk about it."

Start small and install a timer right at your own workstation.

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This recipe is from Pia & Janina from sneep e.V. - student network for ethics in economics and practice

For the cigarette after - Ballot Bins

* Smoking area(s)
* Coordination with building cleaning about emptying the boxes.
* Question collection tool
* financial resources (350-650€ per ballot bin)

Cigarette butts are among the most commonly discarded items. Around 80% of smoked cigarettes worldwide are disposed of improperly. This is where the Ballot Bins come in with their nudging approach to behavior change, as they offer a fun incentive for environmentally friendly disposal of butts.

In the innovative ashtray boxes can be given a question with two answers to vote. Employees show their opinion by putting their cigarette butt in the slots below their preferred answer. The litter stacks in two columns behind the clear glass front, showing which answer is more popular. The questions can be easily changed by the owner(s) of the Ballot Bin. They can be funny, topical, serious or provocative. The option to ask questions also provides an effortless way to solicit opinions from employees (e.g., "would you like more vegan options in the cafeteria"), as well as educate them (e.g., "did you know that one discarded butt pollutes up to 60 liters of water?").

Step 1: Find out about providers:inside and prices (e.g. or

Step 2: Create a onepager / PPT slide with info and arguments (many can already be found in this recipe :))

Step 3: Involve facility management and a decision maker.

Step 4: Clarify issues of procurement, location, care and emptying. (Due to the large capacity of the bins, emptying is not necessary every week and at the same time cigarette butts are quasi automatically already separated from other waste materials. This facilitates disposal).

Step 5: Involve the employees and sensitize them to the topic. It is a good idea, for example, to involve employees in the process of finding questions! Tickle out their creative ideas!

Step 6: Order containers, place them and enjoy less pollution from cigarette butts!

Step 7: Regularly inform employees about new issues or "voting results"

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This recipe is from Janina

Participation in decisions – consent

* Decisions
* Colleagues, project team or working partners
* Desire to try something new

How can we decide together without grueling consensus discussions or majority voting (for-against), where in the worst-case scenario just under half of the people can simply be outvoted? There is a decision-making principle that tries to involve everyone equally, while avoiding long discussions. This is the consensus.
The consensus principle comes from the model of sociocracy
What matters - as opposed to consensus - is the decision question: "Does anyone have a serious objection to this proposed decision?"
Consent is more about no one saying "no." (As opposed to consensus, where everyone is supposed to say "yes.") So it's not about finding the perfect decision, but rather finding a decision that everyone can live with, that is in the "OK zone." Or, in other words, a decision worth trying. ("Good enough for now, save enough to try.")
The person who wants to bring about a decision formulates the decision proposal and brings the issue to the table. Then comes the opportunity for everyone involved to ask clarifying questions. Then it's on to the consensus decision: "Does anyone have a serious objection to this proposal?" Someone who has a serious objection must argue why he or she disagrees. In this way, the objection also serves to improve the previous proposal. If no one has a serious objection, or the objections have been resolved, the proposal is accepted! The decision is made.
The consensus method promotes constructive counterarguments and alternative proposals. It is the argument that counts, not the majority or position. Everyone is equally involved.
If the decision then does not prove itself in practice, any:r can provide a serious objection and thus withdraw his consensus. Then the issue comes back to the decision.
There are now some companies/organizations that apply the consensus principle. Is your organization one of them?

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This recipe is from Kerstin Seeger

Change the proportion of speech in team meetings

* regular team meeting
* Colleagues, project team, working partners
* Desire to try something new
* Convince the team
* Moderator:in

„Everyone sleeps, one speaks – that's called ... teaching “ 😉
Team meetings are sometimes similar. There are typical spokespeople, and the leader often has a high speaking share. Some think that you have to express your position or importance by speaking. Others have settled into a passive role.

But we can also try it out differently, trusting that everyone will contribute something. New moderation formats are needed to ensure that everyone participates in the team meeting and that everyone has roughly the same say, regardless of their position.

Remark: For some topics, it naturally makes sense for experts to speak more. In this case, however, the proportion of speaking time should also correspond to the level of professional expertise and not go hand in hand with position or speaking habit.

So that everyone can have their sayand the quiet ones can also contribute their ideas and thoughts, „speaking in a circle“ is suitable: each person takes it in turn to give an impulse on the respective topic. It is important that it is only one aspect (4-5 sentences, not a short presentation) and that there is no discussion during the round. The moderator ensures this. Everyone has the opportunity to speak in turn.

This has nothing to do with going round in circles. On the contrary: everyone is heard, everyone has the chance to express themselves and all ideas and positions are put on the table immediately. Good decisions can be made on this basis.
Don't worry, it doesn't take any longer than the usual monologues of individuals and the results of swarm intelligence are impressive.

Along the way, the quiet ones practise speaking and the loud ones practise listening. It's a real pleasure to hear everyone, and also takes the pressure off the individual, as you can be very confident that a topic will be comprehensively illuminated by the short statements.
This method is particularly suitable when an opinion on a topic is important, or as a review / outlook, as well as preparation for decision-making.

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This recipe is from
Kerstin Seeger

Financial strategy: Review and realign investments

* current investments or money to invest
* Financial responsibility or discussions with the financial officers:n
* Communication

* the feeling of promoting the right thing with invested money

Does my company own a Eurofighter or support the exploitation of people and nature? Very few of us want that, and yet we may be putting our company's money into investment products that support exactly that. In the end, we own a Eurofighter or support bad working conditions and the destruction of nature. All things that do not let our economy grow.
That's why it's a good idea to review investments and "de-invest" if necessary. "Deinvestment" or "divestment" is the opposite of investment. It means that unethical stocks, bonds or mutual funds are divested. Thereupon, investments can be made in other assets. But in which ones?

In the meantime, the first guidelines for sustainable investments have been developed. The ESG criteria are recognized sustainability standards in the financial world. E" (Environment) stands for ecological characteristics, "S" (Social) for social commitment and "G" (Governance) for sustainable corporate management. Further guidance is provided by seals and rating platforms, for example these:

* The FNG seal from the Sustainable Investment Forum was developed together with financial experts and experts from social and environmental organizations to verify funds by independent auditors.

* Climetrics is a climate rating for funds. It rates funds based on
of the climate impact of the stocks in its portfolio. Climetrics is backed by international climate experts such as the Non-profit organization CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project).

With a sustainable financial strategy, our companies can support ecological, ethical and social enterprises and projects. We could be rewarded with a "double dividend": a financial one and a happy one!
Also inform all colleagues or employees about the realignment of your financial strategy and pass on the know-how.

The financial check can of course also be applied in private life.

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This recipe is from
Kerstin Seeger

Bye, bye IT – where to put old equipment?

* Appreciation of raw materials
* Desire to connect with local initiatives
* Thinking beyond depreciation cycles

* Some coordination effort
* Consultation with financial expert:in
* Save disposal fee

Does your company also discard IT technology after a defined period of time (usually a depreciation cycle) and replace it with new products, even though it is still functional?
Apart from the fact that one should critically question this circumstance, we can already do something in the meantime until the fundamental phenomenon is combated.

I recently agreed with a company that their depreciated IT technology and some furniture would be given to a non-profit -. a win-win situation for everyone: the company does not have to have its products scrapped, the association and its various cooperation partners receive functioning products.

Be on the lookout for local initiatives / organizations and ask if anything is needed, and if so, how the collection is reliably arranged. You have the small effort to list the products and, if necessary, to photograph them in order to hand them over to new hands. In addition, you should talk to your financial expert(s) about how the action can be reflected in the accounting system. So there is some coordination involved, although you would also have to coordinate and pay for the disposal of the equipment.

Should you not find a buyer:in, there are also companies that specialize in making business IT fit again for inexpensive resale (so-called „refurbished IT“). Examples include: „AfB - social and green IT“ or „Green Panda“. There are many more providers.

If IT still has to be disposed of, remember to dispose of it properly so that valuable raw materials can be recycled. For cell phones in particular, there are now collection campaigns and collection boxes run by various companies and initiatives almost everywhere. In some campaigns, you can even send in the cell phones free of charge. All devices contain valuable raw materials such as gold or copper. These are too valuable to be left unused, also because the extraction of raw materials causes massive problems: The mining is usually associated with human rights violations, child labor and destruction of nature! This makes proper recycling all the more important, so that these raw materials can be recovered and illegal exports of e-waste can be avoided. IT equipment should therefore not simply end up in hazardous waste.

ModificationAsk your employees whether they need company equipment for private use. Here, too, attention must be paid to financial issues (imputed income).

Bye, bye IT? If you are faced with this question, try this recipe.
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This recipe is from
Kerstin Seeger

Planting trees for the future

* Forest, ideally one that is not doing well at the moment. But there is no shortage at the moment
* A:n forester:in to help select trees & create planting plan.
* ideally, lots of like-minded people who also want to do something for a sustainable forest

* some spades

Find forest owners who cannot or do not want to maintain and develop their forest. Convince them of the idea of creating a sustainable forest together.

Coordinate with the:r forester:in the trees.

Build a fence around the forest to protect the young plants from deer & rabbits.

Clear the forest of branches, leave the branch material in the forest to rot, habitat for insects & fungi, fertilizer for future trees.

Put the young trees in the ground with a spade according to the planting plan.

To be happy about what you have created! offers exactly this for forest owners & helpers!

A good idea also as a joint activity with your own company!

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Fair and organic in the coffee kitchen

* The courage to think differently
* Contact with a supplier for organic fair trade coffee
Approval of the management, if necessary
* Good communication in the workforce

Almost every company has a coffee kitchen. Often, the coffee is even free. That's great! But if it's not organic fair trade coffee, the people in the fields and nature pay the price. That's why I started an initiative at my company back then to switch coffee, and it worked. There were two major hurdles to overcome:

1. there were prejudices
The coffee would not taste or that the Fairtrade coffee was not suitable for the industrial coffee machines.
But organic fair trade coffee is now available for all types of machines, and it's delicious, too! The issue of taste can be quickly resolved with a coffee tasting. It is important to take the colleagues along and not to decide over their heads.

2. the price
Of course, organic fair coffee is more expensive. If the employer pays for it, this should be agreed upon. The employees may even be willing to pay a small premium for the coffee, but it should actually also be in the interest of the employer not to serve products that harm people and/or nature.
It is a small symbolic act with which employers can send a positive signal to the workforce. Sometimes, though, companies need just the one person to kick it off. Is that you?

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New employee:in wanted? Anonymous application

* Job advertisement
* competence-oriented search for employees
* Guide for employers: Anonymized application procedures

* Desire for diversity

You are looking for a new employee and want to try something new? Do you work in the HR department of a company and are happy to have competent employees? Do you value fairness and diversity? Let's go!

For what reasons do you invite applicants for an interview? Most of us would not describe ourselves as "discriminating". But, quite automatically and subconsciously, we form a picture of a person when we read, for example, their photo, name and place of origin on their CV - after the first few lines of the application. Yet the open position should be filled according to competence and how well this person fits into the team, right? So how can we approach this search with more fairness and focus on the essentials?

- with an anonymized application:
Applicants should simply omit data such as name, gender, place + date of birth and picture. The selection of anonymized data can of course be individually adapted to your employee search (e.g. if you are explicitly looking for a female employee for equality reasons, you can query the gender, etc.). In this way, you as a boss or employee can concentrate fully on the competencies of the applicants when it comes to deciding who you would like to invite for a personal interview and who not.

In many countries, this procedure is already used, especially for public job advertisements (e.g. Belgium), or is even considered standard procedure (e.g. USA, Canada). The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency launched a pilot project on this (back in 2012) and published the findings in a Guide for employers on the anonymous application procedure provided.

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