The 12th German Sustainability Award was presented at the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf on 22 November 2019. The evening started at 6 p.m. with a "blue carpet" and reception. The subsequent award ceremony began at 7 p.m. The largest award of its kind in Europe has established itself as a modern, independent format and is awarded in cooperation with the Federal Government, the German Council for Sustainable Development, local organisations, business associations, research institutions and civil society organisations. The focus is on tomorrow's business models, the best ideas for the cities of the future, outstanding achievements in pioneering architecture and research into urban mobility.
The German Sustainability Award puts the winners in the limelight and honours their outstanding achievements. Highlights are the performances of international music acts, most of which implement their ideas of sustainability in personal commitment. The DNP was turned into a live concert by Simply Red, Mel C, Angélique Kidjo, Rea Garvey, Naturally 7, Annie Lennox, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Jamie Cullum, Robin Gibb, Nelly Furtado, Andreas Bourani, Yusuf Islam, Dionne Warwick, Die Fantastischen Vier, José Carreras, Ute Lemper and Joris, among others. The award ceremony, but also the year-round production phase and the congress are comprehensively geared to the principles of sustainable event production.
The award is endorsed by the German Federal Government, local and business associations as well as numerous NGOs, among them UNESCO and UNICEF. The awards are presented to cities, companies and individuals promoting the idea of a sustainable society by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel or other members of her cabinet. The German Sustainability Award was established in 2008 to encourage the acceptance of social and ecological responsibility and to identify role models in this area.
The Awards Ceremony is designed as a gala night including film clips, tribute speeches, appearances by prominent musicians and guests of honour. The latest Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, November 22nd, 2019. Approximately 1,200 invited guests attended, among them the chief executives of national and international companies, well-known sports, TV and movie personalities, representatives of local and national governments as well as individuals renowned for their efforts in promoting the idea of sustainable development through their commitment to NGOs, foundations and trusts. Roughly 150 members of the national and international media were covering the event.
The German Sustainability Award is a "green event" – from the competition and further organisational issues throughout the whole year to the very concrete production of the German Sustainability Day. Accordingly, congress and award ceremony are climate neutral events; unavoidable carbon emissions (including journeys of guests and participants) are accounted and offset. Every year the German Sustainability Award supports ecological and social projects by means of donations.