Shaping transformation

German Sustainability Award Design

Design is a key factor of change: Sustainable design contributes significantly to the transformation towards a sustainable society. The new GSA Design awards these contributions and provides orientation for consumers in the search for sustainable alternatives.


This year´s finalists.

The finalists in the competition for the German Sustainability Award Design have been determined. They convinced the jury with their transformation potential and prevailed over the other nominees. Congratulations!

See all finalists

Shaping transformation -
bold, innovative, effective.

The German Sustainability Award has launched a new award category for sustainable design.

Sustainable design provides answers to the most pressing challenges of our time and changes the way of life - users are able to choose sustainability and contribute to transformation. In the foreseeable future, products and services that enable this, will establish themselves. The German Sustainability Award Design recognizes the best solutions in all segments. By design we do not refer solely to the design of physical products,


but the development of any conceivable product, system or service. Ideally the development starts with the question of how the result can achieve the greatest possible positive effect for sustainability, and the design and realization are inspired by this. The GSA Design wants to motivate and give good examples a tailwind for their success. The GSA Design can make sustainable design more successful and thus more effective.

Successful design in all its facets.

The winners of last year's premiere included companies of all sizes, from corporations to small businesses, agencies and stand-alone designers. Awards were given for sustainable design ranging from automobiles to toothbrush tablets.


Companies/agencies, designers, students and start ups based (also) in and/or offer products or services in Germany


Products, services and systems from all areas of need that are/will be available on the German market



Presentation of the solution and sustainable contribution between 15.2. and 14.5.2021 online via questionnaire, poster and (optional) film.


Scaled according to company size from 250 to 950 Euro plus VAT



Pre-evaluation by assessment team or research; in August 2021 nomination of the best applicants and preparation of the documents for jurors

Jury decision

An interdisciplinary jury of experts takes part in a multi-stage process to decide the finalists and winners

Awards ceremony

Event in TV format on Thursday, 2.12.2021, as part of the German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf


With the seal of the GSA, nominees, finalists and winners can label their sustainable solution.

To the prize in two stages.

A transparent nomination and jury evaluation process is used to vet the design quality and sustainable contribution of the submitted solutions.

The company, designer(s) or student(s) must apply to be nominated. The solution and its contribution to sustainable transformation are presented in an online questionnaire using key questions and informative visual materials. The assessment team then evaluates the applications to select the nominees. The nominees stand for exemplary and outstanding sustainability.


The basis of the jury's evaluation is the documentation submitted to the jury and the personal assessments of each jury member. Jurors also consider areas of need such as furnishings, nutrition, clothing, mobility, communication and leisure, and determine the finalists. The finalists represent the best of the best, qualified by their outstanding sustainable solutions. The jury then selects the winners from this top pool of applicants, identifying the most effective contributions to sustainable transformation - in short: the best products, services and systems in the competition.

This is 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. Among others, these will be the jurors in 2021:

Prof. Michael Braungart

Founder EPEA

Dr. Meike Gebhard

CEO Utopia

Stefan Diez

Product designer DIEZ OFFICE

Dr. Christine Lemaitre

Executive Board DGNB

Christian Labonte

Design Strategy, AUDI AG

Prof. Karin-Simone Fuhs

Director of ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung

Raphael Gielgen

Trendscout Vitra

Verena Gründel

Chief editor Publisher Werben & Verkaufen GmbH

Iris Laubstein

Owner laubstein design Management

Prof. Achim Heine

Product designer

Johannes Hünig


Dr. Peter Jahns

Management Effizienz-Agentur NRW

Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke

Department Manager Wuppertal Institut

Prof. Sebastian Feucht

Product designer

Tobias Lutz

Founder Architonic

Torsten Meyer-Bogya

Chairman of the Board AGD

Mara Michel

Owner futurize & Managing Director VDMD

Angelika Müller

Editor H.O.M.E., Flair, domus

Claudia Siebenweiber

President, BDG

Thomas Edelmann

Journalist and design critic

Peter Schreyer

President & Head of Design Management, Hyundai Motor Group

Four good reasons to apply.

Participation and success in DNP design sends a strong message, offers opportunities and brings immediate benefits - not just for winners.

Sustainability Day

Free access for participants to the award ceremony on 2.12.2021 (limited contingent)



Access to Germany's largest sustainability network


Nominees, finalists and winners have the opportunity to use the seal to communicate their success both internally and externally



Presentation of the finalists and acceptance of the prize statuette by the winners in front of nearly 1,000 guests and members of the press


Do you have questions about the competition?

Read our FAQ or contact us:

+49 211 - 5504 5510

A symbol of sustainability.

With the GSA Design seal, nominees, finalists and winners can demonstrate their leading position in the field of sustainability - to customers, suppliers, media and the financial world. The GSA seal is a prestigious external recognition, identifying pioneers and helping them secure a leading position in the market. The GSA seal is a useful guide for consumers in their search for sustainable alternatives.


This year's winners.

The winners of this year’s GSA Design were awarded on 3 December 2020. They prevailed in the jury meeting among all finalists. We congratulate on this success!

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Honorary Awards for Dieter Rams and Milky Chance.

In its premiere year, the GSA Design honorary award went to product designer Dieter Rams. In a personal video message, the legendary designer thanked the GSA Foundation for the award. Rams is known, among other things, for his formative designs for the Braun company and for his motto "Good design is as little design as possible." The band Milky Chance, which could be seen and heard live on site, was also honored for its special social commitment. 


Most coveted award of its kind.

According to a recent study by the University of Hohenheim on the importance of sustainability and environmental competitions in Germany, the GSA is both the best-known and most coveted award in this field (ranking first in each case). There are currently around 200 competitions with a focus on sustainability.
Source: University of  Hohenheim, Dr. Beate Gebhardt, 2017

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