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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


Sustainability Code: Deutsche Boerse publishes declaration of conformity

New database and signet lend sustainability code greater practical utility

Berlin, 05/07/2012 – Deutsche Boerse Group has presented a declaration of conformity towards the German Sustainability Code (GSC). Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council for Sustainable Development, stresses the importance of this declaration: ‘Deutsche Boerse complies with the requirements of the GSC in the current reporting year 2011. This marks the arrival of the German Sustainability Code at the centre of the capital market.’

Julia Taeschner, Head of Corporate Responsibility, explains the motivation of Deutsche Boerse AG: ‘Promoting the transparency and standardisation of information on sustainability represents a central concern of the Deutsche Boerse Group in its function as an organiser of the capital market.’

The German Sustainability Code aspires to bring about a fundamental reorientation of business and society to sustainable development. In 2009, spurred on by the financial and economic crisis, the German Council for Sustainable Development began a consultation process with representatives of business, investors, financial analysts and researchers from which the GSC emerged. This advisory body of the German Federal Government adopted the Sustainability Code in October 2011 and recommended that it be used as a voluntary instrument. To date, 16 companies have made declarations of conformity towards the German Sustainability Code. On 25 June 2012, Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel paid tribute to the German Sustainability Code in her speech at the annual conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development. She declared that it represents a valuable orientation for sustainable economic activity: ‘The code enjoys the support of the Federal Government. We promote its application by even more companies.’

Information on the German Sustainability Code (GSC) is available with immediate effect in an even more user-friendly form through a database. A link to the database can be found on; interested individuals can now access reports on specific criteria and performance indicators through a drop-down menu. The development of the GSC database is being sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of a project of the SBI. The launch will allow capital market participants to better utilise the information via technical interfaces.

In this way, the Council for Sustainable Development is creating additional opportunities for the companies involved to network with analysts, investors and other interested parties.

The establishment of the database marks the beginning of the cooperation of the Council for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Business Institute (SBI), publisher of the market platform, which provides transparency on the investment criteria of funds for the German-speaking and the European market to investors, companies and journalists, among others. The German Council for Sustainable Development also cooperates with, one of the leading online databases in the world in the area of sustainable investments.

Companies and organisations can make their compliance with the standard of transparency known through a new signet. In future, the signet can be used by companies wishing to communicate their support in publicly effective ways. The signet comes in German and English versions.

Logo: Deutscher NachhaltigkeitskodexLogo: German Sustainability Code

According to Paschen von Flotow, Chairman of the Sustainable Business Institute: ‘The German Sustainability Code can prove to be a decisive step towards taking sustainability into account in investment decisions. A presupposition for this is that investors and analysts, as well as companies, now also use this instrument. The Sustainable Business Institute (SBI) will actively support its further dissemination.’

Oliver Oehri, Managing Partner at the Center for Social and Sustainable Products (CSSP), which operates, states: ‘The key issue is rapid international dissemination and integration into the world of sustainable investments. is pleased to support the German Sustainability Code in this process at the global level.’

Additional information can be found on the project website

Media contact:

Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Office c/o GIZ
Katja Tamchina
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D-10785 Berlin
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