The German Sustainability Award was established in 2008 to encourage the acceptance of social and ecological responsibility and to identify role models in this area. The award is endorsed by the German Federal Government , local and business associations and other NGOs, among them UNESCO and UNICEF . The awards are presented to cities, companies and individuals promoting the idea of a sustainable society by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel or other members of her cabinet.  Responsible for the award is the foundation Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis eV 
The German Sustainability Award includes the categories companies, products, municipalities (since 2012), research (since 2012), building (since 2013) and next economy (since 2016). Each category includes more than one award, for example, includes categories companies, awards for SMEs , medium-large and large companies.
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