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The foundation recognizes the ecological and social commitment

Projects that lead by example – this is the subject of the Sustainability Award, awarded each year in different categories. 800 cities, municipalities, businesses and actors had applied. Since Friday, the winners are fixed.

Who finds the way to sustainability? Interesting projects have now been rewarded.


The focus on the German Sustainability Award is expected to be particularly strong this year. Finally, environmental protection and climate change have had a significant impact on public debate in recent months. The approach of the German Foundation for Sustainable Development, which is to promote courageous actors and ideas, is therefore more relevant than ever. The prize has already been awarded for the 12th time. The most important partner on the foundation side is the federal government, which certainly awards the prize with special weight. In order to do justice to different areas, the price of sustainability is awarded in different categories.

Category: Society

Waldachtal Fischerwerke is Germany's "most sustainable large 2020 company". The family business takes care of fastening technique, interior decoration of automobiles, toys and process consulting. A broad spectrum which, according to the jury, is subject to a global management of sustainability. As a medium-sized company, the traditional Bavarian company Develey from Unterhaching was allowed to win a prize. Develey makes mustard and cold cuts. The raw materials come from the region. In the case of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), tofu producer Typhoon Tofu from Friborg has been eliminated. The most important argument for the jury was the origin of the soy used. It comes entirely from Germany, Austria and France. This not only avoids the environmental consequences of excessive soybean cultivation in Brazil, among others. At the same time, short transport routes are particularly sustainable.

Category: Architecture

That's right: Alnatura, an organic food manufacturer, is committed to an environmentally friendly building with the administration. The new construction of the Alnatura working environment in Darmstadt receives the German sustainability award for Architecture 2020. Many actors have worked hand in hand to implement the unusual clay facade. : Campus 360 GmbH as a customer, Alnatura as a user, architects from haascookzemmrich – STUDIO 2050, clay manufacturer Martin Rauch, Transsolar engineers.

Category: Research

The non-profit association Sozialhelden e. V. from Berlin receives the German Sustainability Award in the research category for the "Elevate" project. The association wants to create a national service nationwide allowing consumers to recover in real time the location of lifts and those who are operating or no longer work. This social project is designed to facilitate, among other things, the daily life of people with disabilities.

Category: Global Partnerships

This award is intended for communities and companies that help implement the 2030 program. The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen convinced the jury in the area of ​​municipal partnerships. The partner is Durban in South Africa, with which Bremen has been working closely for many years. GLS Bank, based in Sri Lanka, and Bio Foods have established a value-for-money partnership that promotes organic products and ensures the existence of many small farmers.

Category: Cities and villages

Osnabrück (city), Aschaffenburg (medium-sized city) and Bad Berleburg (small town or municipality) can now be considered particularly sustainable. They received the German Sustainability Award 2020 in the category of cities and municipalities. They have a lot in common, committed employees and committed citizens in climate protection, biodiversity and social issues such as local integration work. The cities receive a grant of 30 000 euros from the Allianz Foundation for the environment in order to launch other sustainability projects.

Category: Special price packaging

This special prize was awarded for the first time and aims to highlight the environmental problems caused by packaging waste. Profol GmbH has won for its polypropylene panel for closing food containers. The polypropylene film does not require the cup and lid to be separated before being removed. This should help increase the recycling rate.

Category: Founding Motif

Three startups receive one of the most important awards for young companies: the Next Economy Award. The winner in the "Change" category is the start right from Frankfurt. based on science. The startup calculates the contribution of individual companies to climate change. The founding ReHub team from Reutlingen reached first place in the "Personal" category. He convinced with virtual reality glasses, supposed to help hemiplegic patients in rehabilitation. ECOFARIO from Munich won the category "Resources". The company has developed a process for wastewater treatment plants that facilitates the filtration of microplastic particles.

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Category: Honorary Awards for Humanitarian and Ecological Engagement

Among the winners, some well-known names have been awarded by Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis for their special commitment: Federal President a. D. Joachim Gauck receives the award for his long-standing commitment to democracy, tolerance and social sustainability. Paula Caballero, Colombian environmental activist, has been recognized as one of the main initiators of the Sustainable Development Goals. Mick Hucknall, singer of the band Simply Red, receives the award for his social and ecological commitment. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was honored for his promotion of clean technologies and his combination of social responsibility and architectural play. Greta Thunberg was honored for her commitment to climate protection.

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