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2.2.9 Progress in sustainability

On 15 February 2012, the Federal Government adopted the latest progress report on the National Sustainability Strategy. Sustainability has become a guiding principle of human action in all sectors of society in importance. This is reflected in the indicators as in the political structures.

In order to objectively check where Germany is, when it comes to sustainability, the German Federal Government goes back to a set of indicators. For each of these 38 indicators from the guide sectors "quality of life", "intergenerational justice", "social cohesion" and "international responsibility", the government has formulated a specific goal to be achieved. The calculation of values where Germany is, does the Federal Statistical Office.

For 2012, we can confirm success for Germany in 19 of 38 sustainability indicators; for example in the reduction of greenhouse gases or the expansion of renewable energies. There were positive developments about in climate protection, renewable energy, economic performance, the entry rate of students as well as the employment rate of older workers. Success in the other indicators are not yet satisfactory or have yet to come.

The Federal Government promotes sustainable business. Sustainable management is increasingly becoming a trademark. Because for the economy a higher energy and resource efficiency is both economically and ecologically profitable. This includes supporting and promoting the concept of "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR). It connects intrinsically responsible corporate behavior with the voluntary and additional perception of social responsibility. The federal government supports, among other

• small and medium-sized companies in CSR activities,

• brings together information on CSR,

• raise public awareness of the issue,

• developed a concept of "CSR - Made in Germany",

• integrated CSR into education, training, science and research and

• strengthens CSR internationally and in developmental contexts.