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"A balanced world has been a must for the Club of Rome since 1972– the challenge for our work at the German Council for Sustainable Development."

Max Schön, Member of the Council

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Resources Efficiency: A Proposal from Germany for a UN Sustainable Development Goal on Resource Efficient Production and Consumption

Recommendation to the German Government

29 January 2014 - The German Council for Sustainable Development welcomes the ambition of the German Government to actively support the UN in its mission to adopt Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, as integral part of the universal Post 2015 Agenda. Combining the global agenda with leadership on the national scale, and partnering progress initiative on the intergovernmental level, is the important and new point to this agenda. Read more

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The German Sustainability Code in the View of SMEs

Participants of the workshop "A Sustainability Code for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises? Requirements for the German Sustainability Code (GMC) in the View of SMEs" on 24 October 2013 - Photo: André Wagenzik, © The German Council for Sustain

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. Read more

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International experts recommend enhanced German sustainability policies. Report delivered

International sustainability experts - Photo: André Wagenzik, © The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) - Opens internal link in current window

Berlin, 25 September 2013 - Timely placed into the after-election discussions international experts recommend strengthening the implementation of sustainability policies. Mandated by the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel the peer group now delivers their report “Sustainability-Made in Germany. The Second Review”. Following the 2012 progress report on the National Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Chancellery invited a group of internationally recognized experts from Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, USA, South Africa and Korea to undertake a second peer review on Germany’s sustainable development policies. Read more

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New Council for Sustainable Development Faces New Tasks

Berlin, 6/26/2013 – Commenting on today’s reappointment of the Council for Sustainable Development by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council, says, “Sustainability policy must be taken to a new level. Although Germany has made progress in recent years, not least because of its sustainability strategy, the problems are so large that a policy of incrementalism fails to keep up with them.” Marlehn Thieme welcomes the timely reappointment with the words, “The reappointment is a commitment to stepping up the pace.” Read more

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German Council for Sustainable Development calls for European framework on ESG reporting

German Council for Sustainable Development calls for European framework on ESG reporting - Photo collage: turbine construction / finance chart with pencil - © Bosch / klosko, photocase.com - Opens internal link in current window

Berlin, 16.04.2013 - The German Council for Sustainable Development highly welcomes the proposal of the EU Commission on non-financial disclosure. The European Commission has proposed an amendment to existing accounting legislation in order to improve the transparency of companies with more than 500 employees on social and environmental matters. They will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on the boards of directors. Read more

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The Sustainable Shopping Basket - A guide to better shopping

The Sustainable Shopping Basket - A guide to better shopping - © Photo: Bert Odenthal

Day after day we take a lot of actions that co-decide, if the climate is protected, if limited resources are preserved or human rights respected: it starts with the breakfast egg in the morning, continues with the choice of the means of transport for the track to work and does not end in flipping through a catalogue looking for the new fridge, which should be taken into consideration. Consumers have power and they can do that already today - without bigger efforts and without abdication of convenience. That shows the booklet «The Sustainable Shopping Basket» of the German Council for Sustainable Development which is available for download in English here.

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German Sustainability Code

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