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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
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Sustainable Goods Project (2002/2003)

(Please note: The Sustainable Shopping Basket of 2003 has been revised and been brought up-to-date with the latest information:
The topical Sustainable Shopping Basket)

Our consumption habits are being put to the test. The associated questions are, however, often awkward. Which foodstuffs do we buy? What type of power comes out of my sockets? How do I spend my money to be mobile? Does my clothing contain unhealthy chemicals?

Those who wish to consume in a responsible manner are often confronted with difficulties. Mostly they lack sufficient information on products or services that offer a positive contribution to sustainability most readily.

With the Sustainable Goods Project "Sustainable Shopping Basket", the Council illustrates possibilities and advantages of sustainable consumption. The project is therefore purposely aligned to the Statistical Shopping Cart of the Federal Office for Statistics which measures the extent and structure of the expenditure by private households. For as many as possible of these 750 products and services, the sustainable shopping basket offers sustainable alternatives or suggests a sustainable consumer behaviour. The new shopping basket, which has been developed by the Institute for the Market-Environment society e.V. (imug), contains sustainable products and services from the following consumption areas: foodstuffs, textiles and clothing, living and household, mobility, tourism and financial services.

Around 70 families tested the shopping guide for one month and structured their daily consumption life according to the terms of sustainability. The results confirm that the Sustainable Shopping Basket is a suitable communication instrument for the physical embodiment of active consumer policies. Alongside a demonstration character, the project also has an “agenda setting” function. The Council has held discussions with representatives from commerce, trade, science and politics on basic questions of sustainable consumption behaviour and recommended the government to continue the project. The lead management lies with the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture. In a fist step, the ministry will revise the shipping guide and supplement it with further product groups. The extended brochure is to be published at the end of the year.

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