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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.

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Workshop “A Sustainability Code for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises? Requirements for the German Sustainability Code (GSC) in the View of SMEs”

24 October 2013, Berlin

The German Sustainability Code in the View of SMEs

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des Workshops "Ein Nachhaltigkeitskodex für den Mittelstand? Anforderungen an den Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK) aus Sicht von KMU" am 24.10.2013 - Foto: Andr© Wagenzik, © Rat für Nachhaltige Entw
Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des Workshops "Ein Nachhaltigkeitskodex für den Mittelstand? Anforderungen an den Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK) aus Sicht von KMU" am 24.10.2013 - Foto: Andr© Wagenzik, © Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung - Zum Vergrößern bitte auf das Foto klicken.

Berlin, 24 October 2013 - The workshop “A Sustainability Code for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises? Requirements for the German Sustainability Code (GSC) in the View of SMEs”, held in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, brought together approximately 30 business persons from various business sectors – ranging from the transport, logistics and waste management industry, the textile, food and drugstore sector, to housing companies.

In a lively discussion, the participants exchanged views on the advantages and disadvantages of sustainability reporting, EU reporting requirements and the common reporting standards.

In subsequent group work, they debated the usefulness of the GSC, made a number of constructive suggestions to improve the applicability of the instrument for SMEs and discussed possible areas for adjustment.

The results of the workshop will inform the work of the council in readjusting the strategic focus of the sustainability code and serve as input for the further collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Photos from the workshop
 

So far, 56 companies have issued a declaration of conformity in accordance with the German Sustainability Code (GSC). The most recent companies to do so are GESOBAU AG, Bundesdruckerei Group and Kreiswohnbau Hildesheim. This amounts to a total of 30 listed companies, 15 publicly owned companies, 10 medium-sized or family-owned enterprises and one research organization that now report in accordance with the GSC.

The GSC database has recently been equipped with a new filter function, which makes it easier for users of the GSC website to directly search for companies’ declarations of conformity. The application allows users to sort companies by company location, type of declaration, business sector, type of company, stock exchange listing, language and reporting year.

GSC database

Photos from the workshop

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Photos: Andr© Wagenzik, © The German Council for Sustainable Development

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