About the Regenerative Economy

Global Academy & the Regenerative Economy

30 years ago, Global Academy’s founder Walter Link, was a co-owner of B.Grimm, a now 140-year old industrial group of companies. When he wanted to align his companies with social and environmental sustainability, he realized that this is impossible if we don’t also create different economic systems that naturally support corporate sustainability. Walter therefore left the leadership of his companies to his brother to focus on co-creating and co-leading the first sustainable business networks across Europe and The Americas to change the markets that shape the economic systems. 

What started as a relatively small movement of investors, business leaders and companies grew into a huge global movement differentiated into specialized but interconnected elements called sustainable business and corporate responsibility, socially responsible and impact investing, clean-tech and fair trade, new forms of leadership and lately inclusive, regenerative or benefit corporations – all of which can be summarized as the regenerative economy

For the past 30 years, Global Academy played a very active role in co-creating and co-leading these movements. This included empowering its leaders and companies with a wide range of services: individual and team coaching, refining purpose and expressing it in inspiring visions, which become grounded action through strategies, leadership and culture development as well as product and service innovation and the alignment of supply and value chains. Clients include iconic leaders of the Regenerative Economy movements such as Natura & Co, Triodos Bank and Philips. 

Global Academy and NOW Partners

To significantly scale this work Global Academy co-created NOW Partners that includes over one-hundred business leaders, consultants and other experts from around the world who focus on supporting the transformation of multinationals, large family companies and their holdings that play key roles in reorienting the global economy. 

NOW Partners also catalyzes and supports multi-sector processes to regenerate socio-economic and natural ecosystems, many of which were distressed by the old economy but can become models for the Regenerative Economy.

Lastly  NOW Partners also helps to develop the global regenerative economy movement, which has to become the new mainstream of business for all lifeforms to thrive. 

For more information, please click the link to visit www.now.partners