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.


Biography by René Lüchinger und Ueli Burkhard entitled “Stephan Schmidheiny. Sein langer Weg zu sich selbst – Erbe – Unternehmer – Philanthrop” in German

Walking the Talk

Publication of “Walking the Talk: The Business Case for Sustainable Development”

Financing Change

Publication of “Financing Change – The Financial Community, Eco-efficiency, and Sustainable Development”

Changing Course

Publication of the bestseller “Changing Course – A Global Business Perspective on Development and the Environment”; coined the term ‘eco-efficiency’