Accelerating transformation

Global Corporate

The textile sector reflects the most important global sustainability challenges. Global partnerships, which support each other with the aim of shaping a sustainable future and take responsibility in their supply chains, make an important contribution to the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

Companies for
Agenda 2030.

Wanted: examples of particularly successful cooperation with the Global South.

Companies from the textile industry that successfully engage in partnerships to implement the Agenda 2030 and take responsibility in their supply chains could apply for the German Sustainability Award Global Corporate Partnerships 2022.

Together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), exemplary partnerships between textile companies based in Germany and in the Global South are awarded.


Partnerships between textile companies based in Germany and in the Global South.


The partnerships could apply via an online questionnaire in autumn 2021


Participating in the competition is free of charge.

Award ceremony

Renowned laudators announced the winners on December 3, 2021.

Going for the gold.

Going for the gold. Companies in Germany and the Global South apply jointly.

Based on a questionnaire, companies in the textile sector based in Germany that are committed to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 within the framework of partnerships with companies in the Global South and that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and the Agenda 2030 within their supply chain by proactively fulfilling their corporate due diligence obligations and raising awareness among consumers or business partners, could apply in autumn 2021.

The prerequisite for participation is that the partnership is currently ongoing or has not been completed for longer than 12 months. The applications will be evaluated by experts from the German Development Institute (DIE) and the international consultancy Kearney. The jury determined the winners, who where announced at the German Sustainability Award ceremony in Düsseldorf on December 3, 2021.

The winner.

Three German companies from the textile industry with their partner companies in the Global South made it to the finalists. One partnership prevailed and was awarded as winner.

See the winner and finalists


This was the jury 2021.

An independent jury decides on the finalists and winners based on the jury documents, personal expertise of the jurors, and insights from the stakeholder groups they represent. These were the jurors in 2021:

Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

Leiter der Jury, früherer Generalsekretär des Rats für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Dr. Ingolf Dietrich

Ministerialdirigent, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Beauftragter für nachhaltige Entwicklungsziele

Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz

Stellv. Direktorin des Deutschen Instituts für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Ulrich Walter

Geschäftsführer der AUWA Holding GmbH

Four great reasons to participate.


The winners receivedtheir award in front of a large audience in a festive setting.


The finalists and winners have the opportunity to license the DNP seal to communicate their success.


The winners were awarded on 3 December 2021 in the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf.

Role modeling

With their good example, the finalists and winners help to promote development cooperation in order to implement the Agenda 2030.


The most common questions about the competition.

The Green Button.

The Green Button seal initiated by Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller offers an exemplary approach that has received worldwide attention. The Green Button is a state seal for sustainable textiles. Applied directly to the product, it is easy to find when shopping and is reliable and consumer-friendly. A seal like the Green Button is a worldwide first: The Green Button sets binding requirements to protect both people and the environment. A total of 46 demanding social and environmental standards must be met, such as waste water limits or the prohibition of forced labor.

A big show for the best of the best.

Successful transformation concepts deserve attention right now, and the finalists deserve appreciation. The winners will receive their awards in front of guests from the business community, local governments, politics, research and civil society. It is their evening in the spirit of respect for the different paths to the same great goal.