Europe’s most prestigious award in the field of sustainable development.

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The National German Sustainability Award.

The award is endorsed by the German Federal Government, local and business associations as well as numerous NGOs, among them UNESCO and UNICEF. The awards are presented to cities, companies and individuals promoting the idea of a sustainable society by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel or other members of her cabinet.

The German Sustainability Award was established in 2008 to encourage the acceptance of social and ecological responsibility and to identify role models in this area.

The Award at a glance

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Televised gala event including film clips and tribute speeches.

The Awards Ceremony is designed as a gala night including film clips, tribute speeches, appearances by prominent musicians and guests of honour.

The latest Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, November 27th, 2015. Approximately 1,200 invited guests attended, among them the chief executives of national and international companies, well-known sports, TV and movie personalities, representatives of local and national governments as well as individuals renowned for their efforts in promoting the idea of sustainable development through their commitment to NGOs, foundations and trusts.

Roughly 150 members of the national and international media were covering the event.

Previous laureates at a glance.

Since 2008 the Honorary Award has been presented to 36 personalities that put their public persona to good use.

  • Annie Lennox
    Honorary Laureate 2008
    Annie Lennox
    Honorary Laureate 2008
  • HRH Prince Charles
    Honorary Laureate 2008
    HRH Prince Charles
    Honorary Laureate 2008
  • HRH Queen Silvia of Sweden
    Honorary Laureate 2015
    HRH Queen Silvia of Sweden
    Honorary Laureate 2015
  • United Nations High Commissioner António Guterres
    Honorary Laureate 2015
    United Nations High Commissioner António Guterres
    Honorary Laureate 2015
  • Jane Fonda
    Honorary Laureate 2009
    Jane Fonda
    Honorary Laureate 2009
  • Federal President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler
    Honorary Laureate 2014
    Federal President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler
    Honorary Laureate 2014
  • Dr. Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
    Honorary Laureate 2009
    Dr. Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
    Honorary Laureate 2009
  • Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
    Honorary Laureate 2013
    Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
    Honorary Laureate 2013
  • Achim Steiner
    Honorary Laureate 2012
    Achim Steiner
    Honorary Laureate 2012
  • Colin and Livia Firth
    Honorary Laureates 2014
    Colin and Livia Firth
    Honorary Laureates 2014
  • Lord Norman Foster
    Honorary Laureate 2012
    Lord Norman Foster
    Honorary Laureate 2012
  • José Carreras
    Honorary Laureate 2012
    José Carreras
    Honorary Laureate 2012
  • Joschka Fischer
    Honorary Laureate 2009
    Joschka Fischer
    Honorary Laureate 2009
  • Wolfgang Schäuble
    Honorary Laureate 2009
    Wolfgang Schäuble
    Honorary Laureate 2009
  • Art Garfunkel
    Honorary Laureate 2015
    Art Garfunkel
    Honorary Laureate 2015

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How we understand sustainability.

In accordance with the broad definition of the United Nations, we understand sustainability as the balance and interplay of three factors:

> protection of the environment and natural resources (ecological dimension),
> improvement of living conditions for as many people as possible (social and humanitarian dimension)
> consolidation of the economic foundation for acting ecologically and with social conscience (economic dimension).

The German Sustainability Award is a "green event" – from the competition and further organisational issues throughout the whole year to the very concrete production of the German Sustainability Day. Accordingly, congress and award ceremony are climate neutral events; unavoidable carbon emissions (including journeys of guests and participants) are accounted and offset. Every year the German Sustainability Award supports ecological and social projects by means of donations.

Watch the video.

A brief video clip comprises impressions of six award ceremonies - including appearances of HRH The Prince of Wales, Annie Lennox and Jane Fonda.