In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the key sustainability issues facing humanity. With the combination of these social, economic and ecological main goals and the 169 sub-goals, the states of the world formulated a guiding programme for all countries, which includes diverse challenges for institutions in Germany as well. The Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg accepts these in its various fields of action, as documented in the report.
This sustainability report is now the third to be published by the university. The previous, second report was published in 2017/18. The current report covers the reporting period 2017-2019. The guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standards) and the university-specific Sustainability Code of the German Council for Sustainable Development were used as a basis for the preparation and determination of the report content.
The report was prepared in 2020 during the Corona pandemic. This led to some delays in publication. The university was in emergency or special mode for most of 2020 and almost all teaching as well as data collection for this report had to be done online. As the data on the impact of the Corona pandemic was not available at the time of completion, it is not included in this report.