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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


“European Soirée on Non-Financial Disclosure” Berlin (Germany)

28th of January 2015 | 4.00 – 8.00 pm (reception following)
Registration: 3.30 pm

Venue: Berlin Representation of the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Reichpietschufer 20, 10785 Berlin


Admission to the event is only possible on invitation. Please note that spaces are limited.


With the final agreement on the EU Directive on Non-Financial Disclosure and Diversity, the German Council for Sustainable Development and the partners of the Sustainability Code would like to seize the opportunity to hold a European Soir©e on Non-Financial Disclosure.

The topics to be addressed at this evening event include:

  • What steps would contribute to the success of the European Commission in establishing effective, reliable and comparable reporting on non-financial information and diversity?
  • To what extent can the Sustainability Code promote implementation of the EU Directive on Non-Financial Disclosure and Diversity on the European and national levels?
  • How can German businesses contribute towards better non-financial disclosure aiming to create sustainable markets and incentives for companies?

The European Soir©e will bring together policy makers, stakeholders and opinion leaders of the national and European levels to create a platform for sharing information and networking. Company representatives, investors and civil society stakeholders will have the opportunity to voice their expectations on future measures as well as their concerns regarding improving performance and developments towards more transparency without compromising economic policy objectives.

Invitees will include high-level representatives of the European Commission, relevant Federal Ministries, Members of the European Parliament and the German Bundestag, strategic partners of the “Sustainability Code” on the national and European levels as well as opinion leaders in business, academia and civil society.

The event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. The language of the European Soir©e is English (simultaneous translation will be provided).


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last updated: 19th January 2015)

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Lucia Reisch, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) & Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development

3.30 pm <strong>Registration / Welcome Coffee</strong><br />&nbsp;
4.00 pm<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <link file:2050 - download "Initiates file download (PDF, 154 KB)">Opening<br />The Sustainability Code – A Subsidiary Instrument Implementing the European Reporting Directive</link><br /><strong>Marlehn Thieme</strong>, Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development<br /><br /><strong>Part I. Fact Finding</strong><br />&nbsp;
4.15 pm <strong>Moving Towards Implementing the Directive on Non-Financial Reporting: EU Commission's Perspective</strong><br /><strong>Nicolas Bernier-Abad</strong>, European Commission (Belgium)<br />&nbsp;
4.30 pm <strong>What Is the Framework for the Implementation of the EU-Directive in Germany?</strong><br /><strong>Thomas Blöink</strong>, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)<br />&nbsp;
4.45 pm <strong>Talk with Members of the German Bundestag<br />What the German Parliament Wants to Achieve</strong><br /><strong>Andreas Jung, MdB</strong> and <strong>Valerie Wilms, MdB</strong><br />&nbsp;
5.00 pm <strong>Plenary Discussion</strong><br />What is the way ahead? What role is Germany expected to play in anchoring sustainability in markets? What role do subsidiary national instruments such as the Sustainability Code play? Context and coherence; substance and means: Strengthening reporting schemes<br /><br />Opening comments by Members of the German Parliament, leading companies conforming to the Sustainability Code and other experts from civil society, academia and finance.<br />&nbsp;
6.15 pm <strong>Break</strong><br />&nbsp;
6.30 pm <strong>Part II. Next steps</strong><ol style="font-size:.8em"><li>Transposition into national law; status quo in other European countries: What regulations already exist? What are the political and operational difficulties?</li><li>Sustainability Code under scrutiny: Precedents for its adoption in other countries and on the European level</li><li>Next Steps towards the non-binding document 2016: What are the goals?</li><li>Follow-up to issues raised in the comments of the EU and Federal Government</li></ol><br />&nbsp;
7.15 pm <strong>Plenary Discussion</strong><br />What have been main assets, main obstacles identified? What are main challenges to be solved by EU/ national government/ RNE? What have been questions that should be discussed in this last plenary round?<br />&nbsp;
8.00 pm <strong>Wrap up & Outlook</strong><br /><strong>Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann</strong>, General Secretary of the German Council for Sustainable Development<br />&nbsp;
8.15 pm <strong>Reception & Networking</strong>
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