December 2 and 3, 2021

14th German Sustainability Award.

The two-day congress has developed into the central communication platform of the German sustainability scene since 2008. The 14th DNT also focuses on the most important topics of sustainable development in companies and society.


The shapers of transformation will meet live and virtually in Düsseldorf on December 2 and 3, 2021. With the best minds and concepts, the DNT will show how change can succeed more quickly.

Crises are opportunities for real transformation. Especially when we experience them directly. Extreme weather events demonstrate the progress of climate change. In Afghanistan, nation building according to our values of sustainable development is failing. The Corona pandemic has not been overcome. All this gives us awareness of the vulnerability of our systems. There is time pressure. Change will hurt. A new federal government is stepping up to provide the policy framework for solutions.

But change will only work if business, communities, research and each of us shape it.

What will be important in the process? What are the most important steps? How can the key players around the world reach a consensus? How can the European "Green Deal" succeed?

Live and virtually, top speakers from politics, business, research and civil society will discuss with the participants on December 2 and 3, 2021 in Düsseldorf. The detailed congress program will be available here shortly.

Only vaccinated and recovered persons with digital proof and an additional negative antigen rapid test are admitted to the 14th German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf. This test is done on site free of charge in a specially equipped professional test center. It is valid for 24 hrs and will be repeated for two-day attendance. As of now, we limit the number of participants and reserve the right to require masks.


Recap 13 DNT: The first day of the congress

On the first day of the 13th German Sustainability Day there were the topics of development policy, municipal transformation, opportunities of the crisis and sustainable business models on the agenda. Also present were: bestselling author Prof. Maja Göpel, economist Jeremy Rifkin, neuroscientist Prof. Maren Urner, Lord Mayor Stephan Keller and many more.

Highlights of the second congress day at the 13th DNT.

On the second day of the 13th German Sustainability Day, the focus was on "crisis communication". To what extent can experiences from the corona pandemic help with (future) crisis communication? Government spokesman Steffen Seibert, doctor and science journalist Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen, Facebook-CBE, spoke Nicola Mendelsohn and many other experts.

Responsible production.

In the middle of the year it was clear: The German Sustainability Award 2020 will take place. But different. How can the congress and award ceremony be implemented during these times? How will it be to moderate and discuss without an audience on site? Stefan Schulze-Hausmann describes the decisions and stages of the last few months and his impressions of the implementation of the 13th DNT.

Focusing on climate change.

Year after year, the GSD has focused on cutting-edge climate research and scenarios against increasing climate change with the most experienced minds in the field. On the GSD stage among others Prof. Joachim Schellnhuber, Sir Bob Watson, Katherine Wilkinson, Prof. Mojib Latif, Prof. Johan Rockström and Prof. Otmar Edenhofer.


Sustainable Set.

The set design focuses on projection, resource-saving technology and reusable elements such as the information steles made of recycled PET bottles that have been reused year after year. Printed materials have largely been replaced by web and app-based content.

Portrait von Bundespraesident und Schirmherr Frank-Walter Steinmeier 2017.


The first patron in 2008 was the then acting Federal President Prof. Horst Köhler. Subsequently, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel assumed patronage for several years. The patron of the tenth anniversary in 2017 was Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier.


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