21 to 23 November 2016, Berlin
From 21 to 23 November 2016, the German Council for Sustainable Development is hosting its first 'Open SDGclub.Berlin' – an English-language international conference in Berlin at which participants can share their initial experience with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its global Sustainable Development Goals, as adopted by the UN in September 2015. Read more
German Bundestag passes law introducing CSR reporting obligations
Berlin, 10 March 2017 - With immediate effect, large companies are required not only to produce financial balance sheets; they are also required to disclose information on their social and environmental actions. Later than originally planned, the German Bundestag has now passed the pertinent legislation. Here is an overview of the main last-minute changes. Read more
Marlehn Thieme re-elected as Chairperson of the German Council for Sustainable Development
Berlin, 22 November 2016 - Marlehn Thieme, a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church (EKD) in Germany who also chairs the Television Council that oversees Germany’s ZDF public television broadcasting station, will remain chairperson of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). The Council Members re-elected Marlehn Thieme at the RNE's inaugural meeting on 22 November. Read more
Federal Chancellor reappoints members of German Council for Sustainable Development
Berlin, 26 October 2016 – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has reappointed the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). The 15-strong Council will consist of seven women and eight men. Read more
Ban Ki-moon to receive German Sustainability Award Honorary Award
Berlin, 29 September 2016 - Incumbent Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to be honoured with the German Sustainability Award Honorary Award. In doing so, the German Sustainability Award Foundation is recognising the work of the UN Secretary-General who has made sustainable development and the fight against climate change the focal points of his mandate. Read more
The Sustainability Council
The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) is an advisory body mandated by and reporting back to the German Federal Government. Appointed ad personam by Chancellor Angela Merkel for a three-year term the 15 members are free to set their agenda. The RNE was first established in April 2001 by then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Its work is facilitated by a General Secretary and his staff.
The RNE seeks to make sustainable development a fundamental goal and field of action in all areas of the political sphere. It works towards citizens living a sustainable lifestyle and towards a broad public discussion on sustainability. It urges businesses and institutions to make their economic activities sustainable, to face the challenges posed by sustainability and to make use of its opportunities. The RNE seeks to broaden the discussion on sustainability within society and to make the outcomes of this more effective and more binding.
Sustainable development entails treating environmental aspects on an equal footing with social and economic aspects. Making this abundantly clear is one of the Council’s missions. Future-oriented management means that we have to leave future generations a globally intact ecological, social and economic system. The one cannot be achieved without the others.