The event was hosted by the initiator of the award, TV science journalist Stefan Schulze-Hausmann. He was joined on stage by bestselling author Henning Mankell, Academy Award winner Colin Firth and his wife Livia, former German President Horst Köhler and sports legend Katharina Witt.
The German Sustainability Award is an initiative of the Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V. in conjunction with the federal government, the umbrella organisations of municipal and local authorities, confederations of business and industry, civil society organisations and research institutions. It was awarded for the seventh time.