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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

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

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

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

Die Idee der Nachhaltigkeit ist zentral für eine zukunftsfähige, innovative Wirtschaft und unabdingbar für eine Gesellschaft, die Lebensqualität langfristig sichern will. Deshalb gilt es, die drei Säulen der Nachhaltigkeit – Ökonomie, Ökologie und Soziales – zusammen zu denken.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

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

Nachhaltige Entwicklung erfordert größtmögliche Gemeinsamkeiten ebenso wie die Akzeptanz von Unterschieden.

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 der Forstwirtschaft haben wir vor Jahrhunderten gelernt, wie wichtig der nachhaltige Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen ist. Erfahrungswissen, Aufgeschlossenheit für Neues und Demut vor der Natur können auch anderen Branchen helfen.

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

Die Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele (SDGs) der Vereinten Nationen verpflichten alle Länder zu neuem Denken und Handeln. Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der Globalisierung bemessen sich an ihnen.

Achim Steiner, Member of the Council

Achim Steiner

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

Die Nachhaltigkeitsentwicklungsziele der UN stellen die Vision einer grundlegenden sozial-ökologischen Transformation dar. Sie sind keine entwicklungspolitische oder umweltpolitische Fachaufgabe, sondern binden alle Kabinettsmitglieder.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
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Former Council Members

Dr. Heinrich Graf von Bassewitz

Dr. Heinrich Graf von Bassewitz

Federal Commissioner for organic farming of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV), Chair of the organic farming group of the EU farmers’ organisation Copa-Cogeca, organic farmer

Member from July 2010 - June 2013

Philip Freiherr von dem Bussche

Philip Freiherr von dem Bussche

President of the German Agricultural Society (DLG e.V.)

Member from April 2001 - April 2002

Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan

Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan

Professor of Futures and Education Studies at the Free University of Berlin

Coopted member from January 2014 - June 2015

Dr. Ursula Eid

Dr. Ursula Eid

Former Secretary of State for International Development Cooperation

Member from July 2010 - June 2013

Dr. Joachim Faber

Dr. Joachim Faber

Senior Advisor of Allianz SE

Member from July 2010 - June 2013

Jochen Flasbarth

Jochen Flasbarth

Registered Association for the Protection of Nature of Germany (NABU e.V.)

Member from April 2001 - January 2003

Horst Frank

Horst Frank

Mayor of the City of Constance

Member from May 2003 - May 2010

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Franz

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Franz

President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim  

Member from April 2001 - March 2004

Vera Gäde-Butzlaff

Chairwoman of the board of Gasag Berliner Gaswerke AG, Chairwoman of Nehlsen AG

Member from July 2013 - October 2016

Dr. Hans Geisler

Dr. Hans Geisler

Former minister of state for social affairs, health, youth and families, state of Saxony

Member from June 2006 - June 2013

Alois Glück

Former President of the Landtag

Member from July 2011 - October 2016

Rainer Grohe

Rainer Grohe

Former Executive Director of GALILEO, long-standing chairman of the Environment Committee of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI)

Member from April 2001 - March 2007

Hermann Graf Hatzfeldt

Hermann Graf Hatzfeldt

Chairman of the German Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Member of the Foundation Council of WWF Germany and the Curatorium of the Ecology Institute

Member from May 2003 - March 2007

Dr. Volker Hauff

Dr. Volker Hauff

Former Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Federal Minister (retired)

Member from April 2001 - May 2010

Roland Heinisch

Roland Heinisch

Chairman of the Board of the German Railroad Network AG (DB Netz AG)

Member from April 2001 - March 2007

Dr. Claus Hipp

Dr. Claus Hipp

GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG, Vice-president of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce

Member from April 2001 - January 2003

Walter Hirche

Former parliamentary secretary for the Ministry of the Environment, Chairman of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, former minister in Lower Saxony and Brandenburg

Member from July 2010 - October 2016

Prof. Dr. Stefan Homburg

Prof. Dr. Stefan Homburg

Professor for Public Finances at the University of Hannover, Member of the Federalism Committee

Member from April 2004 - March 2007

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Jochem

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Jochem

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems Technology and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe, Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE)

Member from April 2001 - March 2007

Dr. Margot Käßmann

Dr. Margot Käßmann

Regional Bishop of the Protestant- Lutheran Regional Church Hanover

Member from April 2001 - March 2004

Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer

Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer

Professor for political sciences, in particular social policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Member from June 2008 - May 2010

Prof. Dr. Edward G. Krubasik

Prof. Dr. Edward G. Krubasik

Honorary professor at the TU Munich, former Corporate Executive Committee of Siemens

Member from September 2006 - May 2010

Thomas Loster

Thomas Loster

Head of Munich Re Foundation

Member from September 2006 - May 2010

Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer Morgan

Program Director, World Resources Institute, Washington

Member from July 2013 – October 2016

Prof. Dr. Edda Müller

Prof. Dr. Edda Müller

Chairwoman of the Federal Association of Consumer Centres and Consumer Associations – Federal Consumer Centre Association e.V. (vzbv)

Member from April 2001 - March 2007

Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck

Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck

Bishop of the city of Essen

Member from June 2010 - June 2011

Matthias Platzeck

Matthias Platzeck

Chief minister of the the Federal State of Brandenburg

Member from April 2001 - May 2003

Heinz Putzhammer

Heinz Putzhammer

Federal Chairman of the German Association of Trade Unions (DGB)
deceased on 27 June 2006

Member from April 2001 - June 2006

Hans-Peter Repnik

Hans-Peter Repnik

Former Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), long-standing Member of Parliament, former Secretary of State for International Development Cooperation, Recycling economy

Member from June 2010 - January 2012

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rimpau

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rimpau

Chairman of the German Agricultural Society e.V.

Member from May 2003 - May 2010

Prof. Dr. Josef Sayer

Prof. Dr. Josef Sayer

Prelate and Chief Executive of the Episcopal relief organisation MISEREOR e.V.

Member from April 2001 - March 2007

Tobias Schlegl

Tobias Schlegl

TV Moderator, VIVA

Member from May 2004 - March 2007

Max Schön

Entrepreneur in Lübeck, president German Association for the Club of Rome, Hamburg

Member from July 2010 - October 2016

Dr. Eric Schweitzer

Dr. Eric Schweitzer

Member of the Board of ALBA AG, president of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, president of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, DIHK

Member from July 2010 - June 2013

Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch

Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch

Scientific Director Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Member from June 2007 - May 2010

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer

Former Undersecretary General, UN, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Former Deputy Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Member from April 2001 - May 2010

Holger Tschense

Holger Tschense

Former Mayor and Councillor for the Environment, Order, and Sport of the City of Leipzig

Member from May 2003 - January 2006

Christiane Underberg

Christiane Underberg

Mitinhaberin Underberg KG

Member from June 2007 - November 2008

Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt

Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt

Chairman of the Board of REpower Systems AG

Member from April 2001 - March 2007

Michael Vassiliadis

Chairman of the industrial union of Mining, Chemical and Energy (IG BCE)

Member from 2007 - October 2016

Eggert Voscherau

Eggert Voscherau

Member of the Board of BASF AG

Member from May 2003 - January 2006

Susanne Weber-Mosdorf

Susanne Weber-Mosdorf

Stellvertretende Generalsekretärin WHO

Member from June 2007 - December 2007

Hubert Weinzierl

Hubert Weinzierl

Honorary president of the German League for Nature and Environment (DNR), the umbrella organization of German conservation and environmental protection organizations

Member from April 2001 - June 2013

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer

Honorary professor of transformation design at the University of Flensburg and regular visiting professor of social psychology at the University of St. Gallen

Coopted member from January 2015 - October 2016

Ranga Yogeshwar

Ranga Yogeshwar

TV Moderator

Member from June 2007 - August 2008

Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt

Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt

Honorary chairwoman of "Friends of the Earth Germany" (Bund für Umwelt- und Naturschutz Deutschland, BUND)

Member from April 2001 - June 2013

Jochen Zeitz

Jochen Zeitz

Chairman of the Administrative Board of PUMA SE, CEO of the Sport and Lifestyle Group and Chief Sustainability Officer of PPR

Coopted member from October 2011 - September 2012

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