Sustainability management

Implementing sustainability across all its dimensions is a major challenge. To achieve this, GIZ has put a robust sustainability management structure in place. Its approach goes well beyond what is required by law.

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GIZ goes well beyond meeting statutory requirements and is committed to voluntary national and international agreements. These include the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change and Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy.

With its clearly defined goals, measures and indicators, GIZ’s Sustainability Programme provides orientation and serves as a key management tool for corporate sustainability at GIZ in equal measure. It integrates sustainability systematically into corporate structures, creating a binding framework for working sustainably throughout GIZ. In combination with the company’s strategies on human resources, gender and digitalisation, it is the foundation for sustainable business practices at GIZ.

The company reports regularly on its progress in implementing corporate sustainability and embedding it in its strategies, focusing on social responsibility, ecological balance and economic capability.

Since 2014, reporting on corporate sustainability has been an integral part of the company report. In its Integrated Company Report, GIZ follows a number of national and international frameworks: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, the UN Global Compact and the German Government’s Sustainability Code (GSC). The Integrated Company Report is available online at

The Sustainability Board, the Director Corporate Sustainability and the Sustainability Office work closely together to promote sustainability systematically. At the highest echelons of management, the Sustainability Board, which is overseen by the Chair of GIZ’s Management Board, lays down the long-term strategic orientation of corporate sustainability and analyses and evaluates how it is being implemented.

The Director Corporate Sustainability is the central point of contact for matters relating to sustainability both inside and outside the company and ensures that future development of sustainability management is linked to GIZ’s corporate development. They are supported in their role by the Sustainability Office.

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