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Karl Schlecht, German businessman and benefactor, brings World Ethics to China

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by Thorsten Pattberg

BEIJING - Karl Schlecht built a global business empire in the construction industry that during its peak achieved a nine billion euro turnover before selling his main business and global champion, Putzmeister, to the one competitor he could not wish to beat in terms of quantity -- China's Sany Heavy Industries. The proceeds of the amicable sale went into the Karl Schlecht Public Benefit Foundation (KSG), over which Karl Schlecht reigns as chairman. With his passion for Asia and philanthropy he now, among hundreds of other projects, helps to promote the idea of the so-called Weltethos or "World Ethics" and sponsors not only the Global Ethic Foundation and the World Ethics Institute Tubingen (WEIT), but also the new World Ethics Institute Beijing (WEIB) at Peking University, the best university in China.

The Beijing deal has been made possible because of the friendship of Karl Schlecht with Liang Wengen, the once richest man in China and chairman of Sany (both are jointly sponsoring the WEIB), and because of the strong spiritual ties between Tubingen University and Peking University; in particular the academic collaboration between two global cultural masters: the Swiss theologian and farther of the world ethics idea Hans Kung, and the Chinese ethicists and leading Confucian scholar Tu Weiming.

Karl Schlecht is joyful and positive about the future cooperation with China . About Tu Weiming, the new director of WEIB, he said for Chinese National TV, CCTV: "Because he [Tu Weiming] is open-minded for the whole world, he knows everything: the American point of view, the Chinese view, the international one; and he of course understood the idea of Global Ethics. We must discover what the respective religions have in common, not what divides them. And it is in mutual agreement that the goal of harmony is purposed. And harmony bears fruit and makes us strong: If we think together in the same way."

Congratulations and Good Luck and much Success, Master Schlecht!

More about Karl Schlecht:

Nickname:

Karl Schlecht is also known as KS

"Anyone who is called Schlecht (meaning 'bad' in German), must be good; but he does not only want to do everything well, he wants to do it better" --KS

Formula of Success:

The true success factors we recognized to be traditional values and virtues that exist for their own sake.

Principles:

Truthfulness in perception and in depth problem solving are then the main principles.

Putzmeister:

Top in Mind and Top in Choice.

Company slogan:

Enjoy -- to Serve, Improve and Create Values.

Meaning of 'Putzmeister' (Plaster Master):

To qualify things by making them better and more beautiful in a masterly way.

Benefactors:

Benefactors are not only patrons and philanthropists; they see themselves also as investors for a good cause. So, they are also businessmen.

The 4-Way-Test:

1) Is it the truth?

2) Is it fair to all concerned?

3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Inspiring Confidence:

The 4-Way-Test stands in the preamble of every contract or agreement at Putzmeister as a way of inspiring confidence.


 

Dr. Thorsten Pattberg, East-West, is a linguist (PhD, Peking University) and the author of 'The East-West dichotomy', 'Shengren', and 'Inside Peking University'. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University, The University of Edinburgh, and The (more...)
 
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