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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


The Sustainability Code and Deutsche Boerse Group now official cooperation partners

Berlin (Germany), 10.03.2015 - As of now, Deutsche Boerse Group is directly linked to the database of The Sustainability Code via the Group’s online portal for private investors. The Code likewise presents Deutsche Boerse Group as an official cooperation partner.

In taking this step, Deutsche Boerse Group is thus demonstrating its open support for the work undertaken by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and its reporting standard, the Sustainability Code. At the same time, it is broadening the information service for its stakeholders. The Code enhances the corporate reporting process by including relevant, non-financial information, most notably in respect of the environmental, social and corporate governance. The database contains declarations of conformity from companies that apply the Code.

RNE’s central task is to establish and advance the concept of sustainability in business and society, underscores Prof. Dr. Guenther Bachmann, General Secretary of the Council. “So, we are all the more delighted that Deutsche Boerse Group, a central actor at the very heart of the capital market, has chosen to enter into this cooperation partnership with us.”

Deutsche Boerse views this broadening of its partnership with the Sustainability Code as a “wholly logical step for us”, says Frank Klaas, Managing Director Global Public Affairs at Deutsche Boerse Group. “On the one hand, we want to be forward-thinking and responsible in everything our company does. With this in mind, we factor social, ethical and ecological aspects into our corporate decision-making. As an organizer of integral and secure capital markets, on the other hand, we feel that we have a duty and obligation to promote the transparency and standardization of sustainability information.”

These days, companies are not solely measured on the basis of economic criteria such as profit, but increasingly on the contributions that they make towards social development in line with the environment and ethical principles, adds Julia Taeschner, Head of Corporate Responsibility of Deutsche Boerse Group. She also believes that greening the economy is not the only area of significance: “Effective communication on what achievements have been made is equally important. The Sustainability Code provides useful guidance here.”

Deutsche Boerse Group has been issuing declarations of conformity with the Code ever since 2011 in order to document its sustainability performance and provide transparency and comparability. Since this time, it has fully complied with the requirements of the code. Moreover, the company joined the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative (SSE) in 2014. Launched by the UN Secretary-General, this initiative aims to raise the levels of transparency and commitment among listed companies in respect of environmental and social issues as well as good corporate governance and to make the capital market aware of these issues.

The Sustainability Code promotes corporate social responsibility. Using 20 criteria, it measures the sustainability performance of national and international organizations and companies regardless of their size and legal structure. As of 2017, capital-market-oriented companies with more than 500 employees will be required to report on their sustainability activities. The EU Commission has praised the Sustainability Code as a suitable standard for fulfilling the reporting obligation. Its area of focus and uncomplicated handling also make the Code an ideal tool for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) was first called into being by the German government in April 2001. The Council consists of 15 public figures. Its tasks comprise developing contributions to implement the National Sustainability Strategy, specifying concrete areas for action and projects, as well as making sustainability an important public issue. Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, is continuing the National Sustainability Strategy and appointed RNE for a further three years on 1 July 2013.

Deutsche Boerse Group has its head office in the financial centre Frankfurt/Main. With over 3,800 employees worldwide, it is one of the world’s largest stock exchange organizations. The services offered range from the monitored execution of trading orders and the clearing, netting and transaction settlement, through to the post-trade custody of securities to the necessary electronic infrastructure and the provision of market information. Worldwide, Deutsche Börse sets standards with its superior risk management and its innovative collateral management to enable customers to use their capital effectively.

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