The German Sustainability Code

As part of the BMBF-funded project ""CFI - Climate Change, Financial Markets and Innovation" the Sustainable Business Institute (SBI) has decided, on basis of discussions in 2011, to support the further expansion of company profiles in accordance with the German Sustainability Code. For this purpose, the SBI has programmed a database which allows a representation of the German Sustainability Code on the website of the "Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung" (Council for Sustainable Development) and the market platform as well as on other websites.

With the approval of the German Sustainability Code in October 2011 the Council for Sustainable Development adopted a tool that makes sustainability performance of companies and organizations transparent, creates commitment and aims to achieve comparability. It is suitable for companies of any size and legal form and was developed in a dialogue process with numerous stakeholders.

Within the German Sustainability Code the areas of Corporate Governance, Ecology and Social. (ESG) are being defined with the help of twenty criteria, each with up to two performance indicators (KPIs). The KPIs are extracted from the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative – GRI and the European Federation of Financial Analysts and Societies - EFFAS.

In order to meet the German Sustainability Code, companies publish a declaration of compliance. A comprehensive report to the highest standards of GRI report (A +) or EFFAS (Level III) corresponds to the Code compliance. The submission of a declaration is also appropriate in this case.

These different types of declarations of compliance produce different presentation formats (on the market platform and the platform of the "Council for Sustainable Development". For a detailed image in accordance with the German Sustainability Code you will find an online presentation including pdf format, for other declarations only a pdf format.

Signatories (status quo):

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Not listed companies with declarations of conformity

Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb MünchenGerman
Berlin Hyp AGGerman
Berliner Stadtreinigung AöRGerman
Berliner WasserbetriebeGerman
Bundesdruckerei UnternehmensgruppeGerman
Coca-Cola GmbH und Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG (CCE AG)GermanEnglish
Deutsche Bahn AGGerman
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHGerman
druckprozess GmbH & Co. KGGerman
DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-GenossenschaftsbankGerman
elobau GmbH & Co. KGGerman
Entega GmbH & Co. KGGerman
Evonik Industries AGGermanEnglish
Flughafen München GmbHGerman
Fraunhofer UMSICHTGermanEnglish
Hassia MineralquellenGerman
HEAG Holding AGGerman
HEAG Südhessische Energie AG (HSE)German
HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbHGerman
Igefa Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KGGermanEnglish
Kreissparkasse HeinsbergGerman
Kreiswohnbau Hildesheim GmbHGerman
Landesbank Baden-Württemberg AöRGerman
Lebensbaum / Ulrich Walter GmbHGerman
Märkisches Landbrot GmbHGerman
memo AGGerman
Miele & Cie. KGGerman
Nölken Hygiene Products GmbHGerman
NORD/LB - Norddeutsche LandesbankGerman
ÖPP Deutschland AGGerman
Otto GmbH & Co KG German
Piepenbrock Unternehmensgruppe GmbH + Co. KGGerman
REWE Group (Zentral-AG und Zentralfinanz eG)German
Spar- und Bauverein eGGerman
Sparkasse HannoverGerman
Stadtreinigung Hamburg AöRGerman
Stadtwerke Göttingen AGGerman
Steinbeis Papier GmbHGerman
Studiosus Reisen München GmbHGerman
Tchibo GmbHGermanEnglish
Triodos Bank N.V. DeutschlandGerman
TÜV Rheinland AGGerman
Unilever Deutschland Holding GmbH German
Union InvestmentGerman
VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KGGerman
Vivawest Wohnen GmbHGerman


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