Sustainability is an important guiding factor for the Leibniz Association and its member institutions. As a research organisation, the Leibniz Association contributes to sustainable development in the fields of research and knowledge and technology exchange, as well as through its management and operations. The political frame of reference is provided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which guide the Leibniz Association’s actions. In its implementation, the Leibniz Association is guided by the fields of action from the LeNa guideline. This happens through sustainability research and through sustainable research processes and operations of buildings and infrastructures.

Sustainability Mission Statement

The Sustainability Mission Statement provides a framework for a "culture of sustainability" in the Leibniz Association and its member institutions – a culture that must be established and continuously built on within the various spheres of activity. The mission statement is also intended to encourage the employees of the Leibniz institutions to reflect on their actions and to contribute to the sustainable development of the planet.

Sustainability Steering Group

The Executive Board of the Leibniz Association set up a Sustainability Steering Group in 2022 to develop a comprehensive sustainability concept for the Leibniz Association. The group is chaired by Prof. Barbara Sturm (Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy) and Stephan Junker (Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung), both members of the Leibniz Association's Board.