Ethics & Sustainability Management Certificate (ETHNA)

This is also the opinion of many companies in our region:

"Knowledge of sustainability management and its application in business practice are becoming increasingly important, even for medium-sized companies. As the concept of sustainability essentially emphasizes the principle of preserving humanity and nature, and also takes future generations into account beyond the present, sustainability always implies ethical requirements. Creating a connection as early as the training stage therefore makes a lot of sense."  Silvia Ohms, Neumarkter Lammsbräu (translated from German)

This is complemented by Mr. Christian Engel, Managing Director of BHS-Corrugated GmbH (translated from German):

"When commitment and motivation meet sustainability and responsibility, these are qualities we always want our employees to have. The certificate offers the opportunity to acquire exactly these competencies."

That's why the OTH offers the Certificate in Ethics and Sustainability as an additional qualification to your studies.

Here we explain in five steps how you can acquire the certificate during your studies:

  1. Successfully complete a corresponding curricular offering from our list. For example, the module Media Ethics at the Faculty of EMI or Business Ethics at the Faculty of Business Administration. If no suitable module is offered at your faculty, you can complete a course at the Virtual Academy of Sustainability. The Institute will be happy to explain the procedure for the Virtual Academy of Sustainability. You can find a list of offered and approved lectures on our homepage under the section "Teaching".
  2. Attend the basic module "Applied Ethics and Sustainability" (block seminar) offered by the Institute for Ethics and Sustainability on a weekend. The next block seminar will take place in summer semester / winter semester 2018.
  3. Attend selected events of your choice. Events for which you will receive credit can be found on our Homepage. You must provide evidence of 2 days of events (e.g. 2 study days or 4 half-day events).

  5. You may also receive credit for your volunteer work. Have us confirm your commitment to a project (e.g. offers for personal development, projects with ILO, volunteer activities (volunteer card)); project Refugees@OTH (students get involved with refugees). Or participate as a mentor (e.g.Bayernmentoring or Juniormentorin)  in the projects First Steps or MINToring of the Center for Gender and Diversity. For external volunteer activities, please note the following:
    1. Your activity must also take place during the study phase at OTH AW.
    2. Your commitment addresses a social or ecological problem area and contributes to the solution of this problem area (orientation is provided by the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN).
    3. You are still actively involved
    4. Enclose a statement explaining why we should recognize the project (justification with your arguments)
    5. supplement this, if necessary, with a confirmation of the respective institution
    6. You have not yet had this project recognized by other institutions or completed it within their framework (e.g. school, other further education or training, etc.)
    7. For more information, please contact Alexander Herzner
  6. If all partial achievements have been achieved, you will attend the colloquium, which takes place once per semester. Please register for the examination via the examination office. Upon completion of the additional qualification, you will receive a Diploma Supplement (5 ECTS points) and a certificate with the UN PRME and UNESCO logo, awarded by the Institute for Sustainability in Technology and Economics.


You can find more information hier.

Experiences of ETHNA graduates


Ms. Larissa Köster

(translated from German)


"I am glad to have participated in the Certificate in Ethics and Sustainability. The integrated seminar in the monastery in Speinshart, gives you the opportunity to discuss the complex topic with its global dimensions with other participants. It was cool to be able to exchange ideas with students from other disciplines, who often have a different perspective. I was also able to take away a lot for my personal attitude towards the topic.

Overall, it's a great opportunity to deal with these essential topics in a relaxed atmosphere with a completely different approach than you're used to from your studies."




Ms. Regina Trötsch

(translated from German)

"I found the interdisciplinary approach to the topic of "sustainability" to be a special aspect of the ETHNA certificate, which would otherwise not come into play in my studies. Here is the chance to deal with this future-relevant topic in an individual way as well as to be informed about current developments and measures in companies."





Mr. Markus Wiesner

(translated from German)

"The topic of sustainability is becoming increasingly important for us in society and is also essential due to climate change. In order to acquire the necessary know-how and to sensitize oneself even more for this area, this course, which consists of practical and theoretical parts, is just right. The possibilities to talk personally with Mr. Hannes Jaenicke and to exchange ideas about sustainable topics, such as the working conditions in the textile industry, or to accompany a social project yourself as well as to apply the learned theory in case studies are only a few exciting examples of how this course is structured. I would take this course again at any time and can only recommend it to everyone."

Mr. Savino Opitz

(translated from German)

  • The perfect opportunity to continue thinking about business and society on a meta level.
  • What I have learned here helps me to make balanced, fair and reasonable decisions.
  • In numerous events I have learned to evaluate my own actions with objective standards.