Navigation and service

Go to:

Future peace and prosperity will no longer be within our reach, if we in Germany do not commit more resolutely to greater sustainability and channel all our energy into making it happen – be it in politics, business, science or civil society.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability and identifying interrelationships are major success factors for anchoring this topic in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

The global sustainability and climate protection goals are the long-term milestones. Now we have to engage in an honest discussion about what the state, private sector and citizens can and must do to achieve them.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The energy revolution has greatly reduced the costs of green electricity, so it is competitive at international level and helps to achieve the global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

The idea of sustainability is at the core of a viable, innovative economy and is vital for a society that aims to safeguard quality of life in the long term. That is why the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – must be considered together.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Sustainable development requires to find as much common ground as possible but also to accept differences.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In forest science, we learned how important the sustainable management of natural resources is centuries ago. Empirical knowledge, openness to new things and humility in the face of nature can help other sectors, too.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

The UN Sustainable Development Goals present the vision of a fundamental socio-ecological transformation. They are not a specialist task for development or environmental policy, but are binding for all cabinet members.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul


"Skip the German" – the German Sustainability Code is now "The Sustainability Code"

From the Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

In the international context, the Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) will, in the future, only speak of the "Sustainability Code" and will dispense with the adjective "German" in its logo and in texts. "In discussions at the European level, this description has proven to be a restraint – even though the Sustainability Code has shown itself to be internationally compatible," said Yvonne Zwick, Project Manager at the RNE's office.

The partnership with the Greek QualityNet Foundation, the repeated mention of the Code by EU Commissioner Michel Barnier, as well as the initial declarations of conformity from other European countries have confirmed that the Sustainability Code may come from Germany, but does not have to be limited to this country alone.

To emphasize the ability of the Sustainability Code to link up with the forthcoming EU regulation on the transparency obligation, the RNE is in the process of updating the Sustainability Code, in collaboration with companies and associations. The revision is triggered by the new G4 sustainability reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative.

This process also incorporates experience from practical application: redundancies in criteria and performance indicators will be removed and the requirements expressed, on the whole, more precisely. European dialogue partners communicate the need for openness with regard to the verification of the declarations of conformity by third parties if they are to be used as reliable sources of information for the development of a sustainability index.

Zwick holds out the following prospect: "The aim is that, with the revised draft, we shall meet the demands of the new name." The updated Sustainability Code should be available in September 2014.

Pfeil nach oben