Biography - Stephan Schmidheiny


Introduction Biography

Stephan Schmidheiny has made industrial history, as both an entrepreneur and pioneer. After taking over responsibility for the family firm Swiss Eternit Group in 1976, he began to push for an end to asbestos processing, leading the way in the world in this regard. He subsequently played a key role in saving the Swiss watch industry, and built up an industrial group in Latin America. He served as an advisor to the United Nations and the OECD, established the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and set up numerous organisations that promote sustainability. As a philanthropist and author, and as the person who coined the term 'eco-efficiency', he has lent crucial impetus to the debate on sustainable economic, social and environmental development worldwide.

Universidad Católica Andres Bello

Doctor honoris causa of Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela

Rollins College Florida

Doctor honoris causa of Rollins College, Florida

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Appointed Honorary Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Yale University

Doctor honoris causa of Yale University, New Haven

INCAE Business School Costa Rica

Doctor honoris causa INCAE Business School, Costa Rica


Obtained Doctorate in Law from University of Zurich, Switzerland