COBIOM – Swarm Innovation for sustainability decade

COBIOM is a bio-inspired Swarm innovation consultancy that helps solving the challenges of the sustainability decade!

We provide easy access to the collective intelligence and collaborative innovation capabilities of a network of sustainability experts coming from supply chain management, circular economy, bio-inspired innovation, systems thinking, packaging and materials, carbon footprint assessment and many more.

This swarm of experts develops the bio-inspired solutions to reduce emissions, to increase resource efficiencies and to work towards zero waste.

We call it Swarm Innovation.

The need for A SUSTAINABLE transformation

Complex challenges ahead

The challenges of the upcoming sustainability decade will be complex and systemic. Businesses will experience an unprecedented evolutionary pressure to adapt to new political regulations, growing customer demand and steeply increasing compliance cost. We will experience new types of organisations, policies and technologies aimed towards a healthier planetary future. They are pioneering the business transformation that is so critical to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Businesses that fail to make their practices and products sustainable will not be able to thrive in the coming sustainability decade.

Sustainability milestones of the 2020s

2020 — 2030
2020 — German supply chain law draft: aims to ensure basic labor and human rights standards are respected in the supply chain.
2020 — The family equity company Haniel will only invest in companies that are respecting ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) criteria.
2020 — Deutsche Bank will no longer finance any new projects in the Arctic region or oil sand projects.
2020 — Unilever to require all suppliers to publish their GHG emissions on invoices.
2021 — Introduction of EU-wide mandatory CO2 emission standards for new passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles
2021 — German to ban single-use plastic products.
2021 — Denmark to introduce green taxes on carbon emissions.
2021 — EU tax on plastic packaging waste that is not recycled.
2021 — DIN 17392 will lead do environmental impact becoming a leading factor in public tendering for roadwork projects.
2021 — Referendum to establish “ecocide” as a crime under French law, punishing serious offences against the environment.
2021 — EU legislation regarding mandatory due diligence: companies to exercise due diligence in supply chains and to be held accountable for human rights abuses.
2022 — The new EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities: companies must disclose the extent to which their economic activities meet the sustainability criteria of the taxonomy.
2022 — Cargo ships to pay a carbon tax of 25€/ton CO2
2022 — European Investment Bank to cut all funding for purely fossil energy projects.
2023 — E-commerce giant Zalando will de-list companies that do not comply with their sustainability standards (Higg BRM).
2025 — Retailer ALDI will de-list suppliers that don't have their packaging sustainable (reusable, recyclable, compostable).
2029 — EU asks members to follow a 90% collection target for plastic bottles.
2030 — EU Directive 2018/852 requires European countries to ensure that at least 70% of packaging must be recycled.
2030 — EU effort sharing regulation: member states together are to achieve an overall emissions reduction of 30% (vs 2005 levels).
2030 — "Green New Deal" net zero carbon pledge

Collaboration over competition

No one can solves these challenges alone.

Collaboration will be one of the crucial success criteria for the business success of companies. We’ve been inspired by how nature makes better decisions in Swarms than individuals could ever make alone.

COBIOM is a radically new collaboration platform that uses the power of Swarm Innovation.

The result of that collaborative work: intelligent solutions to problems emerging from the diverse expert backgrounds, self-organization and communication of the swarm members

Unleashing collective intelligence and innovation capabilities

The Power of the Swarm

Our Swarm is not just a random group of experts. The members are carefully selected pioneering leaders in their fields with a diversity of paramount abilities and an enormous track record of professional experience.

They are trailblazers, thought leaders in their field of expertise but also practitioners.

The true strength of the Swarm lies in the ability of our members to rapidly focus their competencies on a given project and collaborate across many different industries and sectors. As interdisciplinarity and creativity are becoming essential skill-sets, this is the key advantage of the Swarm Organization.

Meet some of our knowledgeable and experienced swarm members

Regenerative Leadership

Ilya Alexander Yacine

Sustainable Strategy Development

Alina Vasile-Floroaie

Sustainable Business Transformation

Stephan Grabmeier

Risk Assessment

Sina Wans

Carbon Footprint Assessment

Lara Obst

Systems Design

Joss Colchester

Supply Chain

Roel Drost

Circular Economy

Dr. Paul Woebkenberg


Prof. Jacques Chirazi

Environmental Engineering

Jean Paul Gueneau de Mussy

Bio-inspired Innovation

Simon Thies


Prof. Tim Landgraf


Felix Gass


Efrat Friedland

Sustainability x Digitalisation

Manuel Pistner

Sustainable Finance

Carolina Fernandez-Jansink

Cultural Change

Dr. Arndt Pechstein

Sustainability Marketing

Matthias Höppner

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What our business partners say

“What was evident from the start is that every input, every person on the team is top class - way above average! They are not only experts in their field but also remarkable educators.”
Oliver Cordt,
Chief Business Officer at Trocellen
“It is so inspiring to connect to like-minded people at the Academy who have similar goals and the mentors who help you to achieve your own goals.”
Natasha Nathan,
Architect and Biomimicry Practitioner

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