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"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

National Sustainability Strategy


In April 2002, the German Government adopted the national Sustainability Strategy. The results of consultations with social groups and the proposals of the Council for Sustainable Development were incorporated into this document. For more detailed information, see section Strategy 2002.

In the following years, the German Sustainability Strategy was repeatedly refined with the input of so-called Progress Reports. In November 2004, the Federal Government presented the first revision of its Sustainability Strategy with the 2004 Progress Report. Aside from the results of a public consultation process, the report included the Council’s verdicts on sustainable development, which had previously been published under the title of “Nachhaltigkeit im Visier” (Targeting Sustainability). Additionally, the results of a dialogue project organised by the Council on minimising land consumption were included in the report. For more information, see Strategy 2004.

In its "Wegweiser Nachhaltigkeit 2005", the Federal Government described its current sustainability policy at the national and international level. The German Council for Sustainable Development contributed two independent chapters to the document. Read more about it in Landmark Sustainability 2005.

In 2008, the Federal Cabinet presented the next Progress Report. Prior to this, engaged citizens, associations and institutions were able to participate in a consultation process and assist in appraising the current state of affairs and in further developing the Sustainability Strategy. For more detailed information, see Strategy 2008.

In the Progress Report 2012 the Federal Government placed emphasis on sustainable economy, climate and energy as well as sustainable water policy. More information can be found under Strategy 2012 (in German).

The next Progress Report is due in 2016. Relevant to the report will be the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that is to be determined by the international community in September 2015. From autumn 2015 a dialogue process on the continuation of the strategy will be provided.

Since 2006, by order of the Federal Government, the Federal Statistical Office tracks the course of sustainable development in Germany. The agency presented its first so-called Indicator Report in 2006, followed by further reports in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.


Annual Conference 2016

Save the date: 16th Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development, 31 May 2016 in Berlin - Opens internal link in current window

German Sustainability Code

The Sustainability Code - Opens website www.sustainabilitycode.org in new window


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