Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)

What does the future of corporate sustainability reporting for companies in Europe look like? Our video provides a compact overview of the requirements and scope of the EU’s new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

Read more

EU taxonomy now integrated into the German Sustainability Code

The EU Taxonomy Regulation came into effect on 1 January 2022. Companies can now use the Sustainability Code to prepare reports that are also in compliance with the EU Taxonomy Regulation. As such, the Sustainability Code is one of the first reporting standards in Germany to integrate the Taxonomy Regulation.

Read more

The Centrepiece of the Code: Our Database

The database is our centrepiece: it contains all DNK declarations published to date by over 1000 organisations.

Read more

About the Sustainability Code

The Sustainability Code provides a framework for reporting on non-financial performance that can be used free of charge by organisations and companies of all sizes and legal forms. Would you also like to issue a declaration of conformity? Find out how it works!

Read more

The Sustainability Code

The Sustainability Code provides support with establishing a sustainable development strategy and offers a way in to sustainability reporting. Regular reporting makes the development of the company visible over time. To comply with the Sustainability Code, users create an declaration on the twenty Code criteria and supplementary non-financial performance indicators in the database.

More information

5 Benefits of the Code - What does the Code offer?


  1. It provides support with establishing a sustainable development strategy and offers a way in to sustainability reporting. Regular reporting makes a company’s development over time visible.
  2. It gives guidance on how to comply with the CSR reporting obligation and practically implement the EU-Taxonomy or the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights.
  3. The Sustainability Code Office checks the declarations of conformity for formal completeness and gives the users qualified feedback.
  4. The publicly accessible Code database creates visibility. The published reports can be compared with one another.
  5. Use of the Code is free of charge. The Sustainability Code Office and the Code training partners and mentors provide reporting assistance.

The 20 Code Criteria

You can access all Code criteria as well as information on application and testing here.


Events by Sustainability Code Office and other upcoming dates can be found here.

More information


You can download Council publications as PDF files and order certain brochures as hard copies free of charge.

More information

The latest

Here you will find the latest news and archived newsletters on the German Sustainability Code.

More information

About the Council

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) is an advisory body with a mandate from the German federal government. Chancellor Angela Merkel appointed 15 public figures to the Council for a three-year period with effect from 1 November 2016.

More information