The HOCHN network provides effective support for universities by further developing existing sustainability reporting standards and indicator sets. The aim is to report in a detailed and professionalized manner in accordance with international standards. The German Sustainability Code (DNK) of the German Council for Sustainable Development is used as the basic framework. To facilitate application for universities, the DNK is further developed and modified as a HS-DNK for the specific requirements of universities.
The area of activities “sustainability reporting” is divided into two working phases. In the first phase the Universität Hamburg and the Freie Universität Berlin will test the newly developed HS-DNK. In the second phase design parameters for a first German university-specific reporting standard will be developed. Universität Hamburg und Duisburg-Essen will take the lead in the second phase.
The main research in the HOCH-N project for the field of Reporting lies with Universität Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen), Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan) and Universität Duisburg-Essen (Prof. Dr. André Niemann).
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The Sustainability Code for Higher Education Institutions from the German Council for Sustainable Development in cooperation with HOCHN