The Council has been established in 2001 and is an advisory body to the German Government. Its 15 members are nominated by the Chancellor for a (renewable) term of three years. The current members have been nominated in November 2016. The Council’s mandate is the following:
It advises the government on its sustainable development policy and, by presenting proposals for targets and indicators, seeks to advance the Sustainability Strategy as well as propose projects for its realization. A further task is to foster social dialogue on the issue of sustainability. The objective here is to increase the level of awareness among all concerned and the population as to what sustainable development actually means by demonstrating the consequences of social action and discussing possible solutions.
Please find out more about the members of the Council, the mandate given by the Federal Government, the Council’s current work programme, the fact sheet as well as information about the Council’s office, its anncouncements and its rules of procedure (in German).
Declarations of conformity by the Council with the Sustainability Code
The German Council for Sustainable Development has submitted for the purpose of voluntary self-disclosure declarations of conformity with the Sustainability Code for the reporting years 2014 and 2015. The draft declarations were submitted before publication to third parties for comment in ordert o provide an external perspective on the work of the Council. The opinions of Prof. Dr. Edda Müller, Transparency International Deutschland (in German, PDF, 1.1 MB) and Knud Vöcking, Urgewald e.V. (in German, PDF, 100 KB) gave important clues to further development of the reports, which were partly considered in the report 2015. Issues, that represent gaps are explained as deviation and will be further considered as suggestions for further development in subsequent reporting years.