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This page contains press releases, current media reports on research projects at IBES and press photos of the researchers. IBES gladly supports journalists in their research and inquiries.

Contact person: Mag. Gisela Fuchs

Recognized Experts

Researchers from various disciplines work at the IBES, bringing with them a wide range of expertise from different fields. They excel in research and practice oriented teaching.

The scholars are available for research and interview requests. Below you will find a list of IBES staff members with trending topics they would address.

Business Ethics


Head of IBES
Endowed Chair of Corporate Governance & Business Ethics
Head of JR-Center CARe
Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz

Specialises in corporate and business ethics, business and human rights, corporate political responsibility, corporate governance and risk management, (strategic) alliances and collective action initiatives, strategic sustainability management

Tel.: +43 1 476 77-5737

Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz
Head of IBES
Endowed Chair of Corporate Governance & Business Ethics
Head of JR-Center CARe
Specialises in corporate and business ethics, business and human rights, corporate political responsibility, corporate governance and risk management, (strategic) alliances and collective action initiatives, strategic sustainability management

Tel.: +43 1 476 77-5737

Sustainability Management


Senior Researcher
Co-Head of JR-Center CARe
Dr. Katharina Jarmai (On Maternity Leave)
Specialises in Business impact on society and the environment, responsible / sustainable innovation, business partnerships for sustainable developmentTel.: +43 690 40 476 157

Dr. Katharina Jarmai
Senior Researcher
Co-Head of JR-Center CARe
Specialises in Business impact on society and the environment, responsible / sustainable innovation, business partnerships for sustainable development

Tel.: +43 690 40 476 157


Teaching Coordinator
PRME Coordinator
Senior Researcher
Dr. Daniela Ortiz Avram

Specialises in strategic sustainability management (especially in SMEs), sustainability-oriented innovation, building dynamic capabilities for sustainability, organizational change and sustainability

Tel.: +43 1 476 77-5819

Dr. Daniela Ortiz Avram

Teaching Coordinator
PRME Coordinator
Senior Researcher
Specialises in strategic sustainability management (especially in SMEs), sustainability-oriented innovation, building dynamic capabilities for sustainability, organizational change and sustainability

Tel.: +43 1 476 77-5819

Press releases

Reporting on research at IBES

The importance of supplying Russia with Gucci handbags is debatable

der Standard (AT), June 14, 2022: Interview with Prof. Thomas Beschorner and Prof. Markus Scholz about foreign companies in Russia. Available at: derstandard.at

Profits from hardship

WDR5 Politikum (DE) Talk,  March 30, 2022: Pharmaceutical companies are well regarded in the pandemic. But in the long run, exorbitant profits could undermine the companies’ credibility, says business ethicist Markus Scholz. After all, companies also bear political responsibility for the distribution of vaccines. Available at: fh-wien.ac.at (in German)

Corporate responsibility: Get out of Russia. Now.

International Sustainability Centers Were Virtual Guests in Vienna

Vaccine Initiative Cepi: Prevent the next epidemic

taz.de (DE), March 11, 2022: The vaccine initiative Cepi wants to raise more than three billion euros. It relies on mRNA technology and the biotech company Moderna. Available at: taz.de (in German)

Companies in the area of tension between sporting events and ethical issues

The dangerous political involvement of companies in the event of war

WirtschaftsWoche (DE), March 3, 2022: Tesla founder Elon Musk supports Ukraine with his satellite internet. By doing so, he is acting politically. Morally, that may be right. But his actions are not legitimate. It is also extremely dangerous. The article is available at: wiwo.de (in German)

Good face to bad games?

derstandard.at (AT), March 2, 2022: The Winter Olympics in Beijing will be followed by the 2022 World Cup in Doha. Once again, human rights are at stake. Is the red card for Qatar and its ilk in order? Business ethicist Markus Scholz says: Yes. Available at: derstandard.at (in German)

Talk in threesome: Transformation only happens with companies

CorporAID magazin (AT), December 16, 2021: Marcus Handl from Kapsch TrafficCom, Maria Seifert-Gasteiger from weXelerate and Markus Scholz from the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy at FHWien of WKW discuss business solutions for overcoming global challenges and the increasing need for innovation and cooperation. Available at: corporaid.at

Best of University of Applied Sciences

derStandard.at (AT), December 20, 2021: Hypocritical actionism or genuine commitment? German and Austrian companies are campaigning for vaccination. As “corporate citizens,” they have a duty in a free democratic society. Commentary by others/Markus Scholz, Thomas Beschorner. Available at: derstandard.at (in German)

When businesses are political

What is sustainability?

Augustin (AT), October 19, 2021: Maria Riegler and Wolfgang Damoser have explained the term “sustainability” in the column “A question for…” of the Viennese street newspaper Augustin. In the spirit of barrier-free communication, the text is deliberately written in simple language. Available here. (in German)

Why the EU has no choice in Biontech's price increases

WirtschaftsWoche (DE), September 13, 2021: Mainz-based vaccine maker Biontech is raising prices for its Corona doses, securing a dream return on investment. The company remains silent. And the EU accepts this of necessity – for three reasons. FH-Prof. Markus Scholz comments on the development. Available at: wiwo.de (in German)

Sustainability - What Does it Actually Mean

Leadersnet (AT), July 21, 2021: Article about the Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2021, which was organized by the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) at FHWien der WKW in cooperation with the Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility (STaR) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), available at: leadersnet.at (in German)

Wirtschaftszeit (AT), July 21, 2021: Article about the Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2021, which was organized by the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) at FHWien der WKW in cooperation with the Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility (STaR) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), available at: ooe.wirtschaftszeit.at (in German)

News (AT), June 25, 2021: Article about the term “sustainability”. But very few people know what sustainability actually means. No wonder. Because there is no universally valid definition for “sustainability”. At least there is agreement that it makes sense in almost all areas of life, available at: ibes.fh-wien.ac.at (in German)

Who Makes the Sting?

Radio Austria 1 (AT), June 01, 2021: Interview by Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz on the problem of fair international vaccine distribution, available at: oe1.orf.at (in German)

Press photos

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FH-Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz, MSc

Head of Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy

Endowed Chair of Corporate Governance & Business Ethics

Head of Josef Ressel Center for Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships

Dr.in Katharina Jarmai

Senior Researcher

Dr.in Daniela Ortiz Avram

Teaching Coordinator

PRME Coordinator

Senior Researcher

Maria Riegler, MSc

Research Associate

PhD Candidate