Bernd Schleich

Born 1950

Married / one daughter


Launch of Schleich Sustainability Solutions

2011 – 2015

  • Head of the department ’Germany’ of the „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH”, GIZ,  and Member of  the Executive Management Committee (EMC) prior to retirement in 2015
  • Since 2012 Commissioner for Sustainability of the Management Board of GIZ. Member of the Sustainability Board. Head of the Sustainability Office

2001 – 2011

  • Managing Director of „Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung GmbH“, INWEnt, preceding its merger with „Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst GmbH”, DED (German Development Service) and „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit”, GTZ , thereafter known as „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit”, GIZ

1989 – 2000

  • Head of the division ‘Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources’ of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V., CDG.
  • Since 1992 Managing Director of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V. preceding its merger with the “Deutsche Stiftung für international Entwicklung”, DSE), thereafter known as InWEnt

1985 – 1988

  • Staff member of the  Consultancy Agency OEKOTOP GmbH in Berlin

1979 – 1983

  • Commissioner of the “Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst” in Nicaragua


  • Post-graduate at the “Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik”, DIE

1976 – 1978

  • Executive Director of the “Gesellschaft für Entwicklungspolitische Bildung”, GEB

seit 1974

  • Active participation in development cooperation on a private as well as professional basis
  • Studies of Social Sciences and Business Education at the University of Göttingen (Germany)


  • Member of the N100 (Community of the Best) of the German Sustainability Award
  • Mentor and Trainer (since 2016) of the German Sustainability Code (“Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex”, DNK)
  • Member of the company advisory board of B.A.U.M. (Corporate Network for Sustainable Business Management)
  • Member of the board of trustees of the Bremen Solidarity Award (“Bremer Solidaritätspreis”)
  • Nominated for the German CSR Award in the category „Commitment to CSR by an Outstanding Personality’“ by prestigious German politicians (i.e. Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer; Dr. Volker Hauff; Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner; Prof. Dr. Reinhard Loske; Klaus Milke) in 2015

As Commissioner of the Sustainability Board:

  • We developed and implemented a Management System for Sustainability in GIZ. Since then, the topic ‘sustainability’ is directly connected to the Management Board (including the establishment of a sustainability board under the direction of the chair of the Management Board of GIZ
  • We created an innovative management method to define and continually enhance the company’s sustainability performance: the Corporate Sustainability Handprint® (CSH), with world-wide implementation
  • We issued two sustainability reports according to GRI („Global Reporting Initiative„)
  • We issued the first integrated company report of GIZ
  • We joined the German Sustainability Code and issued two declarations of conformity
  • We issued two reports („Communication on Progress“) to the UN Global Compact

The Corporate Sustainability Handprint® (CSH) was awarded ‘Best Practice’ in Sustainability Management by the Bertelsmann Foundation (“Bertelsmann Stiftung” –  Corporate Responsibility Index, CRI) in 2015