Corporate Partnerships

These are the Top 3
of the German Sustain­ability Award
for Corporate Partnerships

GEPA - The Fair Trade Company with Tea Promoters India (India)

The GEPA and the tea trading company Tea Promoters India, in short TPI, can look back on a successful 30-year partnership. During this time, both companies have been …

GLS Bank with Bio Foods (PVT) (Sri Lanka)

The partnership between the GLS Bank and Bio Foods (PVT) in Sri Lanka is defined by a common understanding of sustainability. The aim of the partnership is to increase …

Kipepeo-Clothing with Kiboko Leisure Wear (Kenya)

The product idea of Kipepeo-Clothing originated during a school project in Tanzania and found its successful implementation in the partnership between Kipepeo-Clothing and …


In 2019, together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), we again award prizes to companies in Germany and in the Global South that have demonstrated a particularly exemplary commitment to implementing Agenda 2030 within the framework of partnerships.

We seek successful international partnerships between companies of all sizes in Germany and partner companies in developing and emerging countries, intended to promote the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We showcase them as good practices for successful development cooperation to other stakeholders as well.


Promoting transformation.

The National German Sustainability Award (GSA) has been intensively involved in charting the path to Agenda 2030. As a member of the High-level Group for the preparation of Agenda 2030, former Federal President Horst Köhler was awarded an honorary prize. Ahead of the adoption of the sustainability agenda, awards for the UN Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon and António Guterres then followed.

As part of a collaboration with the UN, SDG-Advocate I.M. Queen Mathilde of Belgium gave a remarkable speech on the importance of Agenda 2030 at the 2017 award ceremony. The GSA will use its funds to further contribute to making SDGs more popular among its target group of companies. 

The competition – at a glance

The most important facts about the award for Corporate Partnerships

Call for applications:

Partnerships between companies in Germany and the Global South


German companies apply with a concrete partnership


5.8. to 5.9.2019;
23.9. to 8.10.2019

Award ceremony:

22 November 2019, MARITIM Hotel, Düsseldorf


Everything you need to know about the award for Corporate Partnerships

Until 5 September 2019, German companies were able to submit their concrete partnerships intended to promote the implementation of Agenda 2030 with companies in the Global South via our online questionnaire. The countries on the BMZ´s current DAC List are considered the “Global South” for this competition. The prerequisite for participation was that the partnership is either ongoing or has been concluded less than 12 months ago.

Our key criteria for selecting the top candidates are a clear focus on one or more SDGs, concrete measures to implement the SDGs in Germany or in the developing or emerging country, a high sustainability impact and a medium-term perspective for ongoing cooperation and success. The submissions will be evaluated by the assessment partners Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, the German Development Institute and the international Global Management Consulting Firm A.T. Kearney.

Afterwards, phone interviews will take place with the leading candidates. Based on the information provided in the questionnaire, the candidates’ activities will be examined in greater detail and further questions will be asked. The finalists will be presented to the jury of experts chaired by Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann, Secretary General of the German Council for Sustainable Development, who will select the winners.

The winners will be announced at the German Sustainability Award ceremony in Düsseldorf on 22 November 2019. The representatives of both partners will jointly receive the award.


These renowned experts select the winners in 2019

Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

Secretary General of the German Council for Sustainable Development (GCSD)

Mitglied der Jury fuer globale Partnerschaften, Claudia Brueck

Claudia Brück

Executive board member communications and politics at TransFair e.V.

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth

Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Mitglied der Jury fuer globale Partnerschaften, Dr. Monika Griefahn

Dr. Monika Griefahn

Former State Minister, Founder of the institute for media, environment, culture

Dr. Imme Scholz

Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE)

Ulrich Walter

CEO of Ulrich Walter GmbH/Lebensbaum

Mitglied der Jury fuer globale Partnerschaften, Dr. Dieter Salomon

Dr. Dieter Salomon

Chief Executive Officer of IHK Südlicher Oberrhein

Mitglied der Jury fuer globale Partnerschaften, Dr. Stefan Wilhelmy

Dr. Stefan Wilhelmy

Director of the Service Agency Communities in One World, Engagement Global gGmbH


In 2018, companies in Germany and their partner companies in the Global South were honoured for the first time for their joint exemplary commitment to the implementation of Agenda 2030. The response to the award's introduction was extremely positive. The nominated partnerships included impressive examples of partnership-based cooperation. The competition showed that companies are very interested in using their partnerships to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller presented the prizes to the representatives of both companies at the German Sustainability Day on 7 December 2018 in Düsseldorf.

Port International GmbH with CAPEBOSAN

Port International GmbH, a family-owned and operated company headquartered in Hamburg …

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