Privacy policy

The protection and safeguarding of personal data are top priorities for us. We therefore stringently comply with the provisions of Germany’s (new) Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Below, you will find information on the type of data we collect and the purposes for which it is collected.

German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (0)30 338424-141
Fax +49 (0)30 338424-22141

General privacy policy

You can visit our pages without disclosing any personal information. For the purposes of system security and to improve our services, we log only non-personal access data, such as your anonymised IP address, the date and time of the website access, the volume of data transmitted, notification of successful access, the browser type and version, your operating system, the page from which you came to us (referrer) or the name of the file/page requested; this data is stored in a server log file for a period of six months. Nothing regarding you personally can be inferred from this data.

Privacy policy with respect to cookies

Our website uses cookies. These are small text files that allow specific, user-related information to be logged in the user’s browser while they use the website and make it possible for the user to be recognised if they visit the website again within a year. In particular, cookies make it possible to determine how often pages are visited and by how many people and to analyse people’s usage behaviour, and also to make our pages more user-friendly and make the page contents match the user’s preferences or be optimally rendered on the device they use.

The content management system (CMS) we use, WordPress, uses two so-called session cookies to this end; these are automatically deleted at the latest at the end of a browser session. These cookies identify a session, i.e. a visit to our website, and are valid for half an hour (cookie name: ‘’) or until the browser window is closed (cookie name: ‘PHPSESSID’).

The CMS WordPress installs another cookie which is kept beyond the end of a browser session (cookie name: ‘’) and which can be retrieved when the page is visited again. This enables us to track the frequency of use of our website over a period of 12 months.

The web analytics platform we use, Matomo (see below), uses a session cookie ( cookie, cookie name: ‘PIWIK_SESSID’) for page use analysis purposes which remains valid until the browser window is closed.

If you wish to use Matomo’s opt-out function at the bottom of this page to deactivate the recording and analysis of your website visit, a cookie which is valid for two years is installed (cookie name: ‘piwik_ignore’).

If the ‘Do Not Track’ option is activated in your browser, no Matomo cookies will be installed and your website visit will not be registered and analysed by Matomo.

When you first visit our website, a so-called cookie notice appears, bringing your attention to the use of cookies on the website. If you click on ‘Accept cookies’, a cookie which is valid for a month will be installed (cookie name: ‘catAccCookies’) to prevent the small notice window from being shown again during this time.

If you do not want cookies to be used, you should adjust your Internet browser settings so that cookies are rejected, either generally or for a specified period. Please note that under these circumstances the cookie notice will appear every time you visit one of the pages of our website.

Privacy policy with respect to the web analytics services Matomo and Webalizer

For the purposes of analysing website usage and to optimise its services, the RNE uses the open-source programs Matomo and Webalizer on this website. These make it possible to evaluate website usage – so-called tracking (Matomo) – and statistically process the server log files (Webalizer) in a manner compliant with data privacy regulations. For tracking, Matomo uses temporary cookies – small text components that are saved in the user’s browser – to allow the RNE to perform an exact, however never personally attributable analysis of a given website visit. The legal basis for use of Matomo is Sect. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

The user information Matomo collects via its cookies, including the user’s IP address, is stored temporarily on the RNE’s/GIZ’s server in anonymised form, where it is evaluated and subsequently deleted. It is not used for any other purpose and is not transferred to third parties.

In addition, Matomo respects your browser’s ‘Do Not Track’ option on this website, which you can activate in your browser to prevent the analysis of your website visit. If desired, the usage of cookies can also be prohibited entirely or on a case-by-case basis in the browser settings.

Below, you have the possibility to at any time prohibit the recording and analysis by Matomo of your visit to the website by simply clicking that you do not agree to the storing and usage of your visitor data. To do so, please remove the tick in the box next to the corresponding notice in the paragraph titled ‘Opt out’ (see below). In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser that prevents Matomo from gathering data on your visit. Please note that the opt-out cookie itself is also removed if you delete your browser’s cookies at some point in the future. If desired, the opt-out choice would need to be reactivated.

In the event that your browser’s ‘Do Not Track’ option is already activated, you will see a corresponding notice rather than the opt-out. There is then no need to opt out as your visit will not be subject to web analytics.

Use of Webalizer

The version of the Webalizer web statistics program we use does not collect its own data. Rather, it analyses data from the log files on the web server. The last three digits of IP addresses are truncated before they are used for the analysis of usage behaviour, making it impossible for your identity to be determined and preserving your anonymity as a user. The anonymised data records are stored on our web server and are analysed exclusively for internal statistical purposes. At no time is this data shared with any third parties.

Opt out

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

Information on map usage through Google Maps

For all maps integrated into this website using Google Maps you will be informed before usage of the transfer of your data to Google. By activating Google Maps, information about your use of this website (including your IP address) may be transferred to a Google server located in the USA and saved there.

Privacy policy with respect to social media plug-ins such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Social media plug-ins such as the Facebook, Instagram or Twitter button usually result in the IP address of a visitor to a website immediately being recorded and their online activities being logged by these services. This is the case even if the website visitor does not click on a social media button. The social media buttons on this website feature the recognised system Shariff to protect your data. This ensures that there is no direct contact with the chosen social media network until you actively click on a share button or declare your consent.

This website features plugins of the social network Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA). You can recognise the Facebook plugins via the Facebook Logo or the „like“ button („Gefällt mir“) on our pages.

When visiting our pages, the plugin will establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook will thus receive information concerning your IP-address’ visit of our page. When you click on the Facebook “like-button” whilst you are signed in with your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages on your Facebook profile. Facebook can thereby link the visit of our pages to your user account. We point out that we as page provider do not receive notice regarding the content of the transferred data or their usage by Facebook. More information regarding this matter can be found in the privacy policy of Facebook.

This website features plugins of the social network Instagram (Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland) which belongs to Facebook. You can recognise the Instagram plugins via the Instagram logo or the „like“ button („Gefällt mir“) on our pages.

When visiting our pages, the plugin will establish a direct connection between your browser and the Instagram server. Instagram will thus receive information concerning your IP-address’ visit of our page. When you click on the Instagram “like-button” whilst you are signed in with your Instagram account, you can link the content of our pages on your Instagram profile. Instagram can thereby link the visit of our pages to your user account. We point out that we as page provider do not receive notice regarding the content of the transferred data or their usage by Instagram or Facebook. More information regarding this matter can be found in the privacy policy of Instagram.


This website features Twitter service functions. These functions are offered by Twitter, Inc. , 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the Retweet function, the websites you have visited are connected to your Twitter account and are made known to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter.

Please note that as the provider of the web pages we have no knowledge of the contents of the data transmitted or how it is used by Twitter. More information on this can be found in the Twitter privacy policy.

You can change your Twitter data privacy settings in the account settings.

Changes to this privacy policy

We will update these guidelines from time to time in order to protect your personal data. You should review these guidelines occasionally in order to remain up to date regarding how we protect your data and how we are constantly improving the contents of our website. If we make significant changes to how we collect, use and/or share the personal data made available to us by you, we shall bring this to your attention by means of an unambiguous and clearly visible notice on the website. By using the website, you consent to the conditions of these guidelines regarding the protection of your personal data.

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, please contact the controller listed above.

Personal data shall only be collected if voluntarily submitted by you while registering to order informational materials, via the contact form or when subscribing to our newsletter. We shall use the data provided by you solely to satisfy your enquiry or process your order. No data shall be shared with any third parties without your consent.

The website uses SSL encryption (https) in accordance with Sect. 13 Para. 7 of Germany’s Telemedia Act (TMG). As such, data submitted to the server in a form (log-in, registration, project processing, etc.) is protected to the latest technological standards.

Planned data transmission to third countries

Data is generally not transmitted to third countries. Exceptions to this may arise as a result of a specific legal basis.

Privacy policy with respect to personal data

Safeguarding personal data

All the available technical and organisational safety measures are applied to ensure that the personal data you provide us with is safeguarded from being accessed by unauthorised third parties. A limited number of employees of the RNE and of the website’s system administrator have access to your personal data. You will find detailed data protection information regarding our newsletter below.

We store your data on secure servers in Germany. Access to the servers is only afforded to a handful of authorised persons who are responsible for overseeing them technically. We take precautions to ensure that your personal data is secure. Your data is diligently protected from loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorised access or disclosure.

Use, storage and deletion of personal data

The data entered in the context of the application for funds from the Sustainability Culture Fund (Fonds Nachhaltigkeitskultur) will be saved on the server of the GIZ and will be used exclusively for purposes of correspondence and drawing up of the grant agreement (in case of realisation of funding). All data will be deleted automatically at the end of the duration of the Sustainability Culture Fund (Fonds Nachhaltigkeitskultur) (12/2020).

Data that was extracted (PDF or Excel) for the purpose of drawing up the grant agreement with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (funded projects) will be saved for the duration of 10 years as evidence for use of funds and will be deleted thereafter. Data of funded projects will be saved on the portal upon their agreement and will be published for communication purposes.

The data you enter in the context of the Sustainability Action Days (Deutschen Aktionstage Nachhaltigkeit) (DAN) will be saved on the server of the GIZ and will be published on the portal for communication purposes. All data will be deleted automatically upon the start of the new application phase in the following year. Extracted data (PDF or Excel) will be used exclusively for correspondence purposes. Additionally, the data will also be published on the page The privacy policy of the respective page can be found here.

The data entered in the context of registration will be used for the purpose of use of offers. You can be informed via e-mail about offer- or registration-relevant information such as changes of the scope of offers or technical circumstances. The necessary data for the form will be apparent in the context of registration. This includes user name, password (encrypted), first name, last name, e-mail address, and the agreement concerning the retention of activities.

Postal addresses and email addresses that are provided within the scope of requesting or ordering informational materials are used exclusively for correspondence purposes and for sending the requested documents.

Personal data is routinely deleted, at the latest after six months, when it is no longer needed for the processing of enquiries and orders, when the persons in question have not granted their specific approval of their data being kept and when the statutory record retention obligations and periods do not prescribe extended data retention.

Your rights

You have the right to request information about the personal data stored about you, the right to have it amended if desired and the right to limit its processing or demand its deletion.

Insofar as there are no reasons necessitating contract data processing, you may at any time revoke the consent you previously granted to your personal data being stored in writing (e.g. by email or fax) with immediate effect. Your data shall be deleted without undue delay and at the latest within five working days.

The lawfulness of the processing of the data up until the time permission is revoked shall remain unaffected.

If you withdraw your permission, you will be unable to take part in the competition.
To withdraw your permission for the Sustainability Culture Fund, please email or fax
+49 (0)30 288 845 310
To withdraw your permission for the German Sustainability Action Days, please email or fax
+49 (0)30 3384 242 2861

Should you have any questions or complaints regarding this data privacy notice or the processing of your data, please contact the GIZ Data Protection Officer at the following email address:

You have the right to address your complaint to the relevant data protection authority. This is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).