28 and 29 November 2024

17th German Sustainability Award

Wanted: The best examples of
successful transformation.

The award for companies honours the pioneers in 100 sectors, while the product award recognises the beacons among the sustainable solutions. Special awards focus on sport, health, architecture and international cooperations.

GSA Companies

The award for the pioneers of transformation in 100 sectors of the German economy: companies of any size with a registered office in Germany can apply.

GSA Products

The prize for products, services and systems that promote sustainable change. Companies, freelance designers and start-ups based in Germany can participate with individual solutions.

International GSA

The award for corporate partnerships that take responsibility in their supply chains and make an important contribution to implementing the 2030 Agenda. Partnerships between companies and/or institutions based in Germany and the Global South can apply as a tandem.


GSA Sport

The award for contributions to the sustainable transformation of the sports world: German clubs, associations and companies (including media) can apply with measures, initiatives and products in the sports sector.

GSA Health

The award for exemplary measures, initiatives and solutions for a more sustainable healthcare system: All players can apply with their projects and products in the healthcare sector, also in co-operation.

GSA Architecture

The award for exemplary projects that promote sustainable change in the construction sector: All players in the property sector can apply with innovative, creatively sophisticated and sustainable buildings in Germany.

All winners 2023 at a glance.

2023 was a year of disillusionment: global warming broke new records, the challenges of the climate crisis, overexploitation of resources, species extinction and social division intensified. Numerous companies, start-ups, architects and key players in the world of sport have nevertheless - or precisely because of this - submitted their bold and innovative contributions to sustainable change. The best were honored in Düsseldorf on 23 and 24 November 2023.

GSA again No. 1 among sustainability awards.

On 15 December 2023, the University of Hohenheim presented the follow-up study to its 2017 survey, from which the German Sustainability Award emerged as the best-known and most coveted award by companies. The new study on the "Changing significance of sustainability awards" - sponsored by the German Federal Environmental Foundation - also ranks the GSA as the best-known and one of the three most credible of 141 sustainability awards.

The Highlights of the 16th GSA.

The award ceremony for the 16th German Susatinability Award on 24 November in Düsseldorf was all about sport: for the first time, exemplary contributions to transformation in the sports sector were honoured with the new category and in the presence of numerous icons from the world of sport. Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser was one of the guests on stage and presented prizes. The first International DNP and the Next Economy Award for green start-ups were also presented. Entertainment was provided by Zoe Wees and Culcha Candela.

Record attendance at the 16th GSD.

Around 2,900 visitors attended the two days of the 2023 congress and award ceremonies in Düsseldorf (increase compared to 2022: 45%); a total of 8,550 participants watched the live stream on the DNP.TV platform (increase compared to 2022: 42.5%). Congress highlights included the new TransMission formats, the final of the GSA Hackathon, the award ceremony for the 11th GSA Architecture and the NEA LAB with live pitches from the start-up finalists. For the first time, the GSA presented its own studies together with partners.

The big picture.

On Thursday evening at the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf, everything revolved around the "big picture" of transformation in Germany. The 16th German Corporate Sustainability Award ceremony brought together 1,200 CEOs and sustainability managers from the winning and finalist companies, representatives of the juries and guests from all relevant sectors to honour the pioneers.

Honorary awards for personal commitment.

In 2023, celebrities who use their reach to publicly campaign for social and environmental issues once again received honorary awards. CNN Anchor Christiane Amanpour, the US Grammy Award winner Macy Gray, Prof. Dr Klaus Töpfer, the Berlin cult band Culcha Candela, pop star Zoe Wees and Formula 1 legend Sebastian Vettel were honoured.