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With society experiencing a range of hurdles in seeking a compromise between the legitimate needs of development and the fragile environmental balances, the world economy is now at the point of radically changing its attitude towards the environment. Since its inception, B.I.O. encourages institutions, decision-makers, corporate leaders, and all concerned citizens, to adopt progressive innovations and to follow biocentric pathways in their activities. In today’s dynamically expanding global society, environmental protection is a “genuine” profit for humanity and the only vehicle for achieving a better quality of life.

To offer a new vision in reconciling economic progress and environmental protection, B.I.O. has proposed the development of three-dimensional economics, where quality of life, health, culture, education, and the protection of biodiversity and natural resources are the most essential elements for growth. Only through this new approach to the concept of profit can we achieve equitable and safe global management, which will guarantee a balanced society for the future.
B.I.O. has been a pioneer in mobilising the economic driving force since 1985. We have been among the first institutions worldwide to link the economy and the environment and to invite businesses everywhere to espouse environmental values. At a time when few had realised that environmental protection and economic development are complementary and not mutually exclusive, B.I.O. had already held many meetings and awareness-raising activities promoting environmental business strategies.

B.I.O. has organised 8 environmental business conferences, in Greece and abroad, with the participation of corporate leaders, scholars and specialists from many countries. We have also organised roundtable discussions in cooperation with the Athens and London Money Show, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Italian Chamber of Commerce, the Harvard Club of New York and other prestigious institutions. The B.I.O. President has spoken at major business fora such as the World Bank’s Annual Conference of Development Economics, the German World Bank Forum, the Economist meetings, the State of the World Forum, the Industrial Society, the Fairer World Forum in Brussels and other events.

B.I.O. has published 6 books on business and the environment, and 52 chapters in the volumes of proceedings from our international conferences deal with the subject of economics. Forty articles in BioNews also feature extensive coverage of environmental economics, cleaner production, green finance and other such issues. A comprehensive chapter on “Bio-Economics” is published in Bio-Syllabus for European Environmental Education, an 880-page textbook available in print and electronically (CD-Rom). Based on this pioneering material is B.I.O.’s e-learning course on “Bio-Economics,” which will soon be available online as part of our e-learning programme in environmental education. Finally, within the framework of the European Union’s Phare and Leonardo da Vinci Training Programmes, B.I.O. developed and implemented a wide range of educational material and teaching modules on environmental economics, which were used in training activities in Europe and in EU accession countries.


  • Green Salary-Reversing Unemployment through Environmental Protection. Topics include: Creating employment in environmental protection; Green jobs – a win-win scenario; Environmentally sound business practices; Working for cleaner environments; Green finance creates environmental and economic wealth; Green employment in the age of technology; Green employment in the transport sector; Energy efficient buildings – less waste more jobs; Greening the built environment and promoting zero emissions cities; Green jobs in agriculture and forestry; Aesthetics and the environment. Click here for comments from participants.
  • Green Salaries in the Prespa–Korçë Cross Border Area. Course developed within the framework of the Greece – Albania IPA Cross- Border Programme. Course objectives: review the major economic activities in Prespa and Korçë; raise awareness and give examples of green job opportunities in the Prespa–Korçë cross border area as a way of stimulating economic growth.



Bio News
  • Bio News 1
    page 3, Bio-Economics
    page 4, Business Strategy Finds New Dimensions, From the Second Symposium on Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment
  • Bio News 2
    – page 3, Structural Economic Change and the Bio-Environment, Udo E. Simonis
    – page 8, Learning to be a Compassionate Consumer, E. Koubena
    – page 10, Co-operation for Survival Striking a Balance Between Economic Progress and Environmental Protection, Faysal Tag Eldin Abu Shama
  • Bio News 3 
    – pages 3-4, A Magnificent Opportunity in Resource Conservation, J. Patrick Nicholson
  • Bio News 4
    – pages 6-7, Business Strategy for the Protection of the Bio-Environment, B.I.O. Business Conference in New York
  • Bio News 5 
    – pages 3-15 , Profit and the Bio-Environment, B.I.O. International Business Conference
    – Page 3-14, Conference on Profit and the Bio-Environment
  • Bio News 6,
    – Page 12-13, Bio-economics: a New Dimension of the Concept of Profit
  • Bio News 8
    – pages 4-5, Europa Dialog ’96
    – page 4, Linking Economy and Ecology, Ernst Welteke
    – page 9, Business Strategy to Balance Economic Development and Environmental Protection in Ukraine, Stanislav I. Sokolenko
    – page 12, Corporate Environmental Policy – an Insurer’s Point of View, Jurgen Zech
  • Bio News 10 
    – page 5, Business Co-operation among Ukraine and other Danube Countries – Environmental Aspects, Stanislav Sokolenko
    – page 11, Waste Management in Scnadinavian Countries
  • Bio News 12
    – page 3, Biopolitics in Business – Visions and Projects of Hope, Cornerstones for a Positive Future, Jakob von Uexkull
    – page 7, Careers of the Future, Harold N. Rostvik
    – page12, Waste and Air-Pollution Management in Switzerland
    Environmental Technology Division, Swiss Association of Machinery Manufacturers
  • Bio News 16 
    – page 1, Bios – A Genuine Profit for Society
    – page 3, Profit and the Bio-Environment
    – page 4, Bio-Management
    – page 7, Environmental Models in Business and Communications
    John Tzen, Athanasios Papandropoulos, Stanislav Sokolenko
    Constantine Kanonis, Panayiotis Koutsikos
    – page 10, Environmental Management – A Tool for Sustainable Development
    Akos Redey
    – Page 10,Economics versus Environment, Valentina Mileusnic Vucic
    – page 12, Through Civilised Entrepreneurship to the Harmonisation of the Relations with the Environment, Stanislav Sokolenko
    – page 12, From a “socialistic” to a consumer society, J. Stoklasa
    – page 12, Bio-financing
  • Bio News 22 
    – page 5, Bio-Environment – A New Renaissance in Business, B.I.O. Business Conference in Co-operation with the Italian Chamber of Commerce
  • Bio News 24
    – page 8, Bio-Syllabus for European Environmental Education – Bio-Economics
    – pages 12-13, Bio-Economics – Managing Waste
  • Bio News 26
    – page 5, European Roundtable on Cleaner Production 2001
    – page 10, International Court of the Environment – Business and Finance
    – page 16, Bio-Syllabus for European Environmental Education – Bio-Economics
  • Bio News 28
    – page 1, Redefining the Concept of Profit, A. Vlavianos-Arvanitis
    – page 9, Green Finance, Roland Werdel
    – pages 10-11, Environmental Economics and Management at the Athens Money Show
    – page 11, Three-Dimensional Profit, A. Vlavianos-Arvanitis, Profit and Values – London Money Show
    – page 15, Europe’s Enterprise Strategy Summit
  • Bio News 30
    – page 5, Profit and the Bio-Environment
  • Bio News 36
    – Page 14, Environment and peace – Profit for Society, Bio-Education in Business
  • Bio News 42
    – Page 6-7, Athens Money Show: Profit and the Environment – Building a Culture of Social Responisibility




  • Participation in the Forum on “Impact of Science and Technology on Society and the Economy,” organized by the World Academy of Art and Science, Trieste, Italy Participants
  • Keynote address at the Vienna Economic Forum
  • Biopolis – Urban Agriculture – Green Jobs, Athens Money Show Program (GR)Photos, Press Release (GR)
  • Opening speech, Dealing with the Limits to Growth in Times of Crisis. Event in honor of Professor Franz Josef Radermacher, Vice-President of the Ecosocial Forum Europe, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki


  • Participation in the International Financial Services Forum on “Opportunities and Challenges in a Rapidly Changing Global Marketplace,” organized by City Week 2012, London, UK. Participants 
  • Main speaker at the opening session of the Vienna Economic Talks, Bulgaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sofia, Bulgaria, 3-4 April.Programme
  • Speech at the 15th Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey, attended by heads-of-state and business leaders from 30 countries. Programme, Speech, Photos
  • Speech at “The Power of the Mind,” the Annual Conference of the Club of Rome on the occassion of the 40th Anniversary of Limits to Growth, National Bank of Romania, Bucharest. September 30 to October 2, 2012. Programme, Photo
  • Green Salary – Reversing Unemployment through Environmental Protection. Article by A. Vlavianos Arvanitis published in the World Academy of Art and Science, August 2012 Newsletter


  • Participation in a lecture organized by the Institute for Democracy Constantinos Karamanlis and delivered by Mr. James Roberts, Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth at the Center for International Trade and Economics (CITE)
  • Speaker at a special event organised by the Vienna Economic Forum in Vienna, Austria
  • Keynote speaker at the 14th Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul with the participation of heads of state, leaders and business executives • Participation in a conference organized by Transparency International Greece, in Athens
  • Participation in the “15th Roundtable with the Government of Greece“ at the Economist Conference, Athens, Greece
  • Participation it the Vienna Economic Forum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Participation in a Round-Table Conference Luncheon hosted by Dr. Roch Doliveux, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman Executive of the UCB Group, Brussels, Belgium


  • B.I.O. signs a memorandum of cooperation with the Vienna Economic Forum, a forum that aims to promote economic cooperation between countries from the Adriatic to the Black Sea
  • Speaker at the Vienna Economic Forum conference in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Participation at the “14th Roundtable with the Greek Government” at the Economist Conference on “What is Shaping the Global Agenda?” held in Athens
  • Keynote speaker at the 13th Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkeyy with the participation of heads of state, leaders and businessmen
  • Main speaker in the opening session of the conference on “New Perspectives of Eco-Technology and Eco-Economy” hosted by Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Participation at a lecture by Academician Sir Vasilis Markezinis, in Athens
  • Main speaker at the Vienna Economic Forum conference on “Stable Economy – Challenge and Responsibility” in Vienna, Austria
  • Main speaker at the Black Sea Business Forum “The New Era of Green Entrepreneurship” in Thessaloniki
  • Publications: Biopolicy – Overcoming the Crisis in Values Through Leadership with a Vision at the 13th Eurasian Economic Summit of the Marmara Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
  • – Biopolicy: Economic and Environmental Crises – The Opportunity to Build a Green Society at the Yildiz Technical University’s international conference on New Perspectives in Eco-Technology and Eco-Economy
  •  Biopolicy: New Strategies in Energy and Tourism, Green Entrepreneurship Choices at the Black Sea Business Forum on the New Era of Green Entrepreneurship, Thessaloniki
  • – Biopolicy Development Model, A Pathway to a Stable Economy and Security, at the 7th Vienna Economic Forum
  • – Biopolicy: Building a Green Society, A Needed Model for South Eastern Europe at the Vienna Economic Talks – Sofia Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria


  • Speaker at the Bulgaria Business & Investment Summit organised by Euroconvention with speakers from the business and financial world, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Invitation to attend the Open Forum ’09 organised by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Athens.
  • Keynote speaker on “Biopolicy – Building a Green Society, Economic and Environmental Challenges” at the 12th Eurasian Economic Summit organised by the Marmara Foundation with the presence of numerous heads of states, religious leaders and businessmen, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Speaker at the “6th Vienna Economic Forum” with the presence of leading figures from the financial and political world, Vienna Austria


  • Keynote address at the Economist Conferences’ Second International Energy Summit, Athens
  • Participation in the “Open Forum” conference hosted by the Union of Greek Industries
  • Participation in the Economist Conference on “Unveiling new global priorities,” Athens


  • Participation, along with members of the Greek government, in the Economist Conference’s 10th Roundtable on “Unveiling New Priorities in a Changing World,” Athens
  • Participation in the 8th German World Bank Forum, Hamburg
  • Participation in the Economist’s Fifth Banking Forum on “Greece and south-eastern Europe – Economic reforms and banking prospects,” at the Athens Hilton


  • Participation at the conference on “Deconstructing Democracy – The Limits of Privatisation,” hosted by the Club of Rome, Brussels – EU Chapter at the Royal Academy of Belgium
  • Participation in the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, sponsored by the World Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


  • Participation in the First Biennial Symposium on Issues of World Economy and Greek Economy and Business, organised by the City University’s Cass Business School in London and sponsored by The Eugenides Foundation, Athens
  • Participation in the Economist Meetings on defence, e-government, and biotechnology, Athens
  • Participation in the Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, Brussels
  • Participation in the Seventh German World Bank Forum, Munich


  • Profit and the Bio-Environment, Athens Money Show. Roundtable discussions with the participation of environmental experts and business executives
  • Participation in The Economist conference, Athens
  • Meeting with the World Bank Vice Presidency for Europe and discussion of prospects for future co-operation, Paris
  • Participation in the Sixth German World Bank Forum, Petersberg, Germany
  • Keynote presentation on globalisation and the environment, at the conference sponsored by the Canellopoulos Foundation. Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry


  • “The Environment is Profit” Biopolitics at the Athens Money Show. Roundtable discussion with the participation of environmental experts and business executives
  • “Profit and the Bio-Environment – Vision of Hope” roundtable discussion at the Money Show in Thessalonica


  • “Profit and the Bio-environment” Biopolitics session at the Athens Money Show, June
  • “Profit and Values – Bio-environment – Bio-Culture” Biopolitics session at the Athens Money Show, November
  • Biopolitics at the London Money Show. Roundatable discussion featuring the British Ambassador in Athens as keynote speaker.
  • Biopolitics at the Thessaloniki Money Show. The Mayor of Thessaloniki delivers the opening address at B.I.O.’s rountable discussion on “Profit and Values – Bio-environment – Bio-Culture”


  • “Bio-Environment – A New Renaissance in Business” B.I.O. conference with the participation of experts in legislation, marine protection, clean energy sources, finance and management, held within the framework of the Hellenic-Italian Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Conference. Holiday Inn Hotel, Athens, Greece
  • “What is Globalisation’s Impact on the Environment?” Keynote presentation at the Wilton Park conference on Human Rights and Global Economic Governance: How Can We Build Equity?, Wiston House, UK
  • Participation in the seminar on “Environmental Obligations and Opportunities for Business,” British Embassy, Athens


  • Lecture, Piraeus University of Economics, Greece
  • “Biopolitics – the Bio-Environment – A New Renaissance in Business.” Biopolitics roundtable with the participation of key business leaders. Euro-American Women’s Council annual conference, Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens, Greece
  • Participation in the conference on Greek-Egyptian Investments, following an official invitation from the President of the National Bank of Egypt
  • “Biopolitics – Bio-Culture – A New Renaissance in Business.” Roundtable with the participation of Greek business leaders, held within the framework of the Hellenic-Italian Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Conference. Holiday Inn Hotel, Athens, Greece


  • Biopolitics keynote address, conference on “Business Insurance and Private Banking” sponsored by Euro-Business, Athens
  • Keynote luncheon address, “Profit and the Bio-environment,” Association of Chief Executive Officers conference, Athens


  • Lecture, Moscow School of Economics and Social Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • Opening address at the International Symposium on Ecology-Ethics-Economy at the City Hall of Bratislava
  • Pilot project on “Bio-Diplomacy and Bio-Business” Budapest, Hungary
  • “Biopolitics in business: visions and projects of hope – cornerstones for a positive future,” B.I.O. symposium organised in co-operation with the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board and featuring Jakob von Uexkull, Founding Chairman of the Right Livelihood Awards, as keynote speaker
  • B.I.O. articles published on a monthly basis in the “Greek Business Journal”


  • Biopolitics discussion panel, Piraeus University of Economics
  • B.I.O. articles published on a monthly basis in the “Greek Business Journal”


  • “Profit and the Bio-Environment,” in co-operation with the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Fourth B.I.O. Conference on Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment
  • Third Symposium on Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment, The Harvard Club of New York City, USA
  • Closing address, International Business Forms Industries (IBFI) 7th European Annual Meeting for leading executives in information technology, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Biopolitics seminar at The World Bank, Washington DC, USA
  • Participation in the IVe Rencontres Environnementales de Geneve – La mutation ecologique des entreprises, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Second Symposium on Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment, Athens


  • Bio-Economics was discussed extensively at the Fifth B.I.O. International Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, in the presence of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, the Turkish Minister of Interior, Minister of Tourism, Minister of Environment, Governor of Istanbul, Mayor of Istanbul, Head of the Information Department of the President of Russia, President of Ankara University
  • Biopolitics ­ The Bio­Environment and Consumer Society, Orthodox Archdiocese of Switzerland Conference
  • First Symposium on “Business Strategy for the Bio-Environment,” with the participation of leading environmental consultants and business and government representatives, Athens


  • Bio-Economics was extensively discussed at the First B.I.O. International Conference. “Biopolitics and International Co-operation,” with the participation of leading representatives from 30 nations. Resolutions promoting B.I.O. ideals world-wide were unanimously accepted by all participants, who also pledged to become founding members of B.I.O.