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 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.
The GSA is entering its 17th round. Following last year's successful première, the Corporate Award once again honours the 100 pioneers of sustainability in the German economy and the GSA Sport awards the best examples of sustainability in the sports sector. All other competitions also start in March.
In 2024, together with BARMER and Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen, an award for outstanding sustainability achievements in the healthcare sector will be presented for the first time. The aim is to help accelerate the transformation of the sector by recognising exemplary initiatives, projects, concepts and measures.
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.
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.
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.
This year, the initiator of the German Sustainability Award, Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, once again welcomed his guests to the award ceremonies on the Blue Carpet. On Thursday evening, in addition to the celebrity guests, the CEOs and sustainability managers of the 100 winners of the award for companies received the attention of the 130 journalists in attendance. On Friday evening, it was mainly world and European champions, Olympic champions and other representatives of the sporting world who gathered on the carpet.
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.
The Nepalese mountaineering legend and environmental activist Nirmal Purja received the ISPO Cup at the evening awards ceremony. For the first time, this prestigious award for well-known personalities from the world of sport was presented outside of ISPO Munich and marks the start of co-operation between the DNP and ISPO.
With the seal of the GSA, nominees, finalists and winners can document their top position in the field of sustainability - towards customers, suppliers, media and the financial world. The GSA seal is a renowned external recognition, makes the pioneers recognizable and ensures a head start in the market. The GSA seal gives consumers orientation in their search for sustainable alternatives.
An award is only as strong as the attention it receives. With around 16,500 reports and in cooperation with 32 media partners, the GSA 2023 achieved a gross media reach of 5,3 billion in Germany. Alongside intensive press work is cooperation with important media partners from the daily and trade press as well as online media. Special supplements and advertisements present the players around the GSA, generate reach and help to further increase the impact of the award.