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.
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.
Until 30 August 2019, German companies are 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 is 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.
Dibella GmbH offers textile service customers durable contract textiles such as bed linen and table linen. The company headquartered in Bocholt works closely with the Indian Chetna Cooperative, an association of small farmers from around 50 villages. They cultivate cotton sustainably and, according to GOTS, do not use genetically modified seeds, artificial fertilizers or pesticides. At the same time, fixed purchase quantities, fair prices and premiums provide farmers with a basic income. In addition, there are educational investments such as training courses in organic farming, which also contribute to an increase in the standard of living. By the same token, more and more German customers are focusing on responsible consumption and are increasingly turning to sustainably produced products.
Kaffee-Kooperative.de and the Rwandan company Rwashoscco, a local association of six cooperatives, sell fair-trade coffee in Germany. The unique thing about it is that the coffee is actually roasted and packaged by the producers themselves in Rwanda, the country where it is grown, according to the Fairchain principle. A large part of the added value thus remains in the local area, which sustainably strengthens and establishes local economy. A special initiative in this context is the product "Angelique's Finest", which is produced entirely by women. That means Kaffee-Kooperative.de is not only able to bolster the financial independence and rights of Rwandan women who grow coffee but to benefit from the increased attention of responsible consumers at the same time.
PRIMAVERA Life GmbH sells organic and natural cosmetics as well as aromatherapy products in close cooperation with Cambodian Kam Spices Trading Co., Ltd., which produces high-quality essential cajeput oil. The cajeput leaves needed to produce the oil are harvested by controlled wild collection, which in certain cases can prevent the displacement of biodiverse habitats by sugar cane. Fair, above-average prices provide a secure source of income for the collectors, making the rural area more attractive and minimizing rural depopulation in turn. On-site distillation allows the entire value chain to remain in the growing region. Kam Spices Trading Co., Ltd. has been able to close the long-standing supply gap of cajeput oil due to benzene contamination with a carefully controlled, clean product to the direct benefit of PRIMAVERA Life.
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.
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