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Integrated sustainability reporting at HNE Eberswalde – a practice report

Kerstin Kräusche (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany)
Stefanie Pilz (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 18 December 2017

Issue publication date: 18 January 2018




The purpose of this paper is to present the development of an integrated sustainability reporting. In this paper success criteria are named and empirical values when dealingwith specific challenges are formulated. The focus is on the development of criteria for reporting, the involvement of university members and quality assurance.


The voluntary and compulsory reporting requirements of German universities are presented, and the concept for integrated reporting is developed from them. Possible criteria catalogues for the evaluation of sustainable development are presented and evaluated. However, the focus is on the practical experience that the university has made in the launch and implementation of an integrated sustainability reporting – both in terms of content and organisation.


A prerequisite for the preparation of a sustainability reporting is that the university develops a common understanding of sustainability and formulates objectives. This results in a structure for the reporting which is self-explanatory. For the project management before, during and after the reporting, it is indispensable to structure the work sequence (data collection, data analysis, text editor, etc) and to ensure a process-accompanying communication. Participation by all university groups in reporting is necessary.

Practical implications

Universities have a special responsibility for the sustainable development of society. To be accountable for their activities in the field of sustainability, the practical report provides a handbook on which universities can set up their own sustainability reporting.


At German universities, there is a lively discussion on how to define a criteria catalogue to report objectively on sustainability. The Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development is involved in the discussion and, at the same time, sets a good example. This article describes the practical implementation of the Sustainability Report.



Kräusche, K. and Pilz, S. (2018), "Integrated sustainability reporting at HNE Eberswalde – a practice report", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 291-312.



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