In its capacity as a national non-governmental organized interest group the German Federal Association for Sustainability sponsors the Sustainability Award “Federal Band for Sustainability” in recognition of particularly sustainable action and behavior in the 4 categories society, politics, administration and business. The winners will be selected annually on the “Arbor day” (25 April).
Sanktionsfrei (penalty free) charitable association, Berlin
From the statement: “The initiative “sanktionsfrei.de” engages an absolute social novelty: a practice-oriented, practical and nationwide available assistance for those receiving transfer payments according to the 2nd book of the German Social Security Code in case of long-term unemployment (colloquially: Hartz 4) and feeling overwhelmed in dealing with the authorities and the regulations and are therefore at risk of being occupied unnecessarily with sanctions or penalties.
The assistance is comprehensive and accessible: in addition to the multilingual option to fill out aid applications online, it is above all easy to understand tools that simplify the correspondence with the Job Center. Combined with legal advice options and standardized propositions there is for the first time an opportunity to reduce sanctions or penalties drastically. This also allows to relieve work- and cost-intensive administrative processes at Job Centers.
According to the “Sustainable Development Goals” released in 2015 by the UN, sanktionsfrei.de is a concrete contribution to the goals 1 (no poverty), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).”
Netzwerk Lebenswerte Stadt (Network Livable City) Association, Berlin
From the statement: “The association is the responsible organization for the Berlin bicycle referendum. This referendum is characterized by 2 decisive criteria for the selection:
a) for the first time multilevel participatory and inclusive methods applied in the development of the upcoming voting bill, which have the potential to develop the future of design/draft work in the legislative process:
The rough draft was developed by a so-called “Law Hackathon” (nationwide participation of transport experts and lawyers after appropriate public call) and has been further developed and refined in the context of other participation opportunities through a public Facebook group.
In a final round of participation the bill draft was published on the website of the initiators inviting the public to comment the draft. The many comments then were incorporated into the final version of the draft law.
b) the referendum is representative for the practicing of a future approach to contemporary democratic empowerment both at a general population (currently still without non-German population), as well as in politics. Even the announcement for the implementation of the referendum has led to manifold impulses in politics.
According to the “Sustainable Development Goals” released in 2015 by the UN, the bicycle referendum is a concrete contribution to the objectives 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).”
For several years cooperation between universities and the offer of joint courses are a new method for transnational collaborative studies with mutual recognition of qualifications. This model can be found again in the close integration of German universities or from several universities within a study area.
Essentials of such cooperations are strengthening the academic quality, the assumption of shared responsibility and the opportunity to offer courses that otherwise could not be done by only one university for reasons of cost.
Thus, a study has been developed which allows a bachelor’s and master’s degree for Public and Nonprofit Management and students are offered a special, overarching view into public administration, public companies and non-profit organizations. This opens up a mutual understanding of the needs and problems and especially non-profit organizations benefit from the resulting professionalization.
According to the “Sustainable Development Goals” released in 2015 by the UN, cooperation between universities and this particular degree course are a still rare concrete contribution to the objectives 4 (quality education), 10 (reduced inequalities), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).”
The Start-up company BioInspiration GbR, Eberswalde
From the statement: “BioInspiration was founded in 2014 in Eberswalde. Both founders have met in the playground of their children and thought about how they could manufacture their children’s toys less hazardous to health and from renewable resources materials. Considering this the idea first arose to modify the raw material for 3D printers so that the health risk by fine dust from the previous use can be eliminated. The first product is a plant-based polymer, which they could modify for use in 3D printers.
The next step – as the basic of the selection for the award – is the conceptual development of decentralized production of so-called “Bio-polymers”, which can be obtained on the basis of metabolic products of algae or bacteria. Here bioinspiration is doing groundwork for the development of steps also for further processing, which opens new perspectives particularly for so far mainly agricultural regions.
According to the “Sustainable Development Goals” released in 2015 by the UN, BioInspiration adresses to the objectives 3 (good health and well-being), 8 (decent work conditions and economic growth), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and 12 (responsible consumption and production).”
Mein Grundeinkommen e.V. i.Gr. Association (My Basic Income).
From the statement: “This experimental and practical approach to research from civil society to verify the decades-long debate on the effects of unconditional basic income to the people was long overdue. The initiators have demonstrated courage to risk failure and by April 2015 will have helped 10 people to experience a 1-year basic income. Meanwhile the methodology takes worldwide attention, in the Netherlands the methodology comes to public, too.”
Liquid Democracy e.V. Association.
From the statement: “With the development of the “Adhocracy” platform for the implementation of participation in (political) decision-making processes, the association offers the best conditions for the active participation of civil society. The platform is used both within existing organisations as well as in the public sector and allows a clear, honest, trust-promoting and results-oriented trialogue between politics, administration and citizenship.”
The City of Weilheim in Upper Bavaria.
From the statement: “The coat of arms of the city is an open gate in a city wall. Already therefore suggests that the Weilheim citizens are open to new ideas. As one of the first municipalities in Germany, Weilheim committed to public participation as 4th pillar of Sustainability: “People must have the opportunity to participate in the decisions which are important for them and for sustainable development. The involvement of citizens strengthens the ownership and promotes awareness of problems.” This active participation is made possible by several permanent working groups which cover a broad range of subjects and are specifically supported by the City Council. This goes far beyond the concept of traditional citizenship.”
The company TRIGEMA Inh. W. Grupp e.K.
From the statement: “The entrepreneur Wolfgang Grupp leads TRIGEMA and its 1200 employees with considerable personal risk and liability. His recipe for success of the company includes to focus on the core business, a philosophy of qualitative growth, high creation of value with the result of a stable economic base and the exceptionally high level of social responsibility to the employees. TRIGEMA has been operating since 2004 as one of the first – and still very few – companies with a product line in terms of circular economy, the Cradle-to-Cradle. Therefore TRIGEMA is a pioneer of economic change from the perspective of the production and assumes responsibility for sustainable awareness among consumers. TRIGEMA is farsighted set up in every way and justifiably a sustainable company within the meaning of the Responsible Economy.”