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Sustainability requires that decisions be made - not in the distant future, but now.

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 is a key success factor to establish environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

A balance between economy, ecology, and social responsibility can only be achieved through cooperation between society, politics, the economy, and each individual.

Vera Gäde-Butzlaff, Member of the Council


Sustainability first and foremost means to go beyond immediate utility and think in the long term, which requires assuming responsibility for the future.

Alois Glück, Member of the Council

Alois Gück

Education is the basis for establishing sustainability as the guiding principle behind our activities, as are more action partnerships and practical examples at the local, regional and international level.

Walter Hirche, Member of the Council

Walter Hirche

To create quality of life and reduce the consumption of resources it involves requires that we take further steps in incorporating sustainability in everyday action as employees, consumers, and citizens.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

Sustainable development requires moving the fight against climate change to the center of social and economic transformation - not only in Germany but worldwide.

Jennifer Morgan, Member of the Council

Jennifer Morgan

The Energiewende has reduced the costs of green energy severely. It thus is competitive internationally and contributes to achieve global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

Sustainable consumption behaviour will continue to be embraced merely by a dedicated minority for as long as the wrong incentives are provided and structures fail to support it.

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

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

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

Max Schön

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

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

Sustainability necessitates reason and responsibility in our social, ecological and economic actions.

Michael Vassiliadis, Member of the Council

Michael Vassiliadis

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

Without images of the future that allow us to imagine what the quality of life in a sustainable modernity might look like, we are neither able to conceive of an active role of politics in shaping it nor the role of civil society in a political process to that end.

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, Coopted member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer


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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