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.

Shaping transformation -
bold, innovative, effective.

The award for sustainable design is entering its third round in the anniversary year of the German Sustainability Award.

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.

Participants

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

Solutions

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

 

Application

The application phase for this year's German Sustainability Award Design has ended.

Fee

Scaled according to company size from 250 to 950 Euro plus VAT,  discount for multiple applications, participation free of charge for students, junior designers and start-ups.

 

Nomination

Pre-evaluation by assessment team or research; nomination of the best applicants in the summer and preparation of the jury documents

Jury decision

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

Awards ceremony

Awards ceremony as part of the German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf

Seal

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 2022.

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 are the jurors in 2022:

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart

Founder EPEA

Dr. Meike Gebhard

CEO Utopia

Dr. Christine Lemaitre

Executive Board DGNB

Prof. Karin-Simone Fuhs

Director of ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung

Raphael Gielgen

Trendscout Vitra

Dr. Peter Jahns

Management Effizienz-Agentur NRW

Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke

Department Manager Wuppertal Institut

Prof. Sebastian Feucht

Product designer

Torsten Meyer-Bogya

Chairman of the Board AGD

Mara Michel

Owner futurize & Managing Director VDMD

Thomas Edelmann

Journalist and design critic

Franziska ​von Schumann

Publisher & Chair Stylepark

Dr. Andrea Augsten

Head of Design & Innovation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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 (limited contingent)

 

Network

Access to Germany's largest sustainability network

Communication

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

 

Award

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

Second round for the German Sustainability Award Design.

After a successful debut last year, the German Sustainability Award Design was presented for the second time on the evening of 2 December. 25 winners from a wide range of industries accepted the award virtually or on site at the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf. Honorary prizes were awarded to climate expert Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, actress Lily Cole and the #sicherheim campaign. The evening's musical act was soul star Joy Denalane.

Special Guest: Actress and activist Lily Cole.

Special guest of the evening: British actress Lily Cole, supermodel of the 2000s. For her book "Who Cares Wins" (2020), she conducted hundreds of interviews with personalities such as Elon Musk and Stella McCartney and researched solutions to combat the climate crisis. Lily Cole is the founder of social business impossible.com, a platform for "creative, multidisciplinary people around the world working on products that can lead change to a future we want".

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!

See all winners

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

All former winners.

Since 2020, the German Sustainability Award Design has been honouring products, systems and services from companies that are leading the way as good examples of sustainable design. The design solutions provide consumers with orientation in their search for sustainable alternatives and thus make decisive contributions to the change towards a sustainable society.