University teaching makes an important contribution to the transformation towards a more sustainable society, above all by imparting knowledge and competencies on the subject of sustainability. In this context, sustainability is not only understood in ecological terms, but also integrates social and economic aspects. For this reason, the German sustainability strategy is based on a holistic view of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include, for example, the formulation of goals relating to environmental and climate protection, education, and the eradication of poverty and inequality.
The business game "Sustain2030" was developed in order to gain a better understanding of the complex conflicting goals of the 17 SDGs and to raise awareness for sustainability. Here, the use of political measures to achieve the SDGs is to be simulated by the game participants taking on different roles and perspectives from politics, business and society. Participants discuss possible strategies for achieving the goals in a fictitious citizens' council in support of the federal government and must react to unforeseen events in the process. The effects of the group decisions are simulated step by step and make aware how complex the impact relationships between the different SDGs are.
The simulation game is played via a web application; access data and materials can be requested from the Sustainability Office.