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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


Council launches “German Sustainability Code” dialogue process

German Council for Sustainable Development presents draft Sustainability Code for the business community. Invitation to discussion.

Berlin (Germany), 29.11.2010 The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) will today be presenting its draft German Sustainability Code to the general public. The aim of the envisaged German Sustainability Code is to strengthen the green economy and provide the respective guidance. It would also be directed at all financial market players as well as all companies seeking to gear their activities to the principles of sustainability.

Following extensive groundwork at expert level, the German Council for Sustainable Development submitted a draft on such a code on 29.11.2010 and invites the general public and companies to engage in a dialogue on it. The first person to submit a comment to the Council on the draft was the Chief Executive Officer of Munich Re (Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft), Dr. Nikolaus von Bomhard: “The latest developments on the financial markets have shown that nothing is more certain to lead to sustainable success than long-term thinking and action. This, to me, is the mainstay of corporate social responsibility. Being able to pool the necessary forces requires having a collective understanding of responsibility and thus intensive dialogue, both in companies and in society. For this reason, I welcome the Council’s initiative to launch a debate on responsible economic activity.”

Hans-Peter Repnik, Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development, had previously announced this initiative in the German Parliament and to the business community. Marlehn Thieme, as Deputy Chairwoman of the Council, and Secretary General Günther Bachmann both supervised the extensive groundwork in which investors, analysts, corporate representatives, scientists and corporate governance experts were involved. The code provides for 22 cornerstones on environmental, social and corporate governance issues that should make it easier to evaluate corporate sustainability management in the future.

The German Council for Sustainable Development asks all interested parties to e-mail in their comments, suggestions and concerns on the draft code by 14.02.2011 ( Every contribution will be posted on the Council’s website. After 14 February, the Council will publicly discuss the findings.

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