December 3 & 4, 2020 in Düsseldorf

13th Annual German Sustainability Day.

Since 2008, the congress has become the the German sustainability scene's most visited communication platform. The 13th GSD also provides an opportunity to catch up on the most exemplary developments in sustainability, network with like-minded people and take part in the discussion surrounding the sustainable transformation.

'The Davos of sustainability'

This goal was announced by Prof. Klaus Töpfer in 2010. Since then the GSD has become the largest conference of its kind. Ten years later, sustainability is finally at the top of the agenda. Those in positions of power and influence must respond and act. Swiftly, boldly, and courageously. With the two-day event on December 3rd and 4th, 2020, the GSD wants to make a meaningful contribution and provide focused and qualified answers.


GSD 2019.

2,000 participants gathered in Düsseldorf for GSD 2019. International experts, CEOs of large and small companies alike, leading politicians and representatives of civil society. They all described concrete contributions to change and provided answers on issues such as climate protection, digitalization, new business models, biodiversity, urban mobility, packaging solutions and global cooperation. Furthermore the Fair Future Day took place for the second time.

Focusing on climate change.

Year after year, the GSD has focused on cutting-edge climate research and scenarios against increasing climate change with the most experienced minds in the field. On the GSD stage among others Prof. Joachim Schellnhuber, Sir Bob Watson, Katherine Wilkinson, Prof. Mojib Latif, Prof. Johan Rockström and Prof. Otmar Edenhofer.


Sustainable Set.

The set design focuses on projection, resource-saving technology and reusable elements such as the information steles made of recycled PET bottles that have been reused year after year. Printed materials have largely been replaced by web and app-based content.

Portrait von Bundespraesident und Schirmherr Frank-Walter Steinmeier 2017.


The first patron in 2008 was the then acting Federal President Prof. Horst Köhler. Subsequently, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel assumed patronage for several years. The patron of the tenth anniversary in 2017 was Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier.


First hand.

GSD speakers and moderators bring expert knowledge from all fields related to sustainability.

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