The "German Institute for Sustainable Development e. V. "was founded in 2009 at Heilbronn University. DINE sees itself as a platform for dialogue between all parties involved in the economic process surrounding the development of sustainability in tourism and education, logistics and the wine industry. Holistic sustainable development means good life and successful business at the same time, socially fair and lasting. It aims to inform consumers and encourage providers of services and producers to act in a sustainable way. The focus is on climate neutrality and sustainability management.
Among other things, the DINE developed test systems and the sustainability label FairChoice® in order to identify and transparently communicate to consumers products and services that are sustainable. Sustainable business is going through ecological, social and economic factors measured and evaluated. The DINE promotes dialogue between all participants in the economic process and sees itself as a cross-industry platform for sustainable development. Companies are supported in the creation of a carbon footprint up to the certification "climate-neutral enterprise".
In the pilot project WEIN (economical, energy-saving, innovative, sustainable), the criteria for a "sustainable" energy saving system were introduced viniculture "Developed and tested and implemented in a certification process. Following an independent review, companies can use the FairChoice® sustainability seal for products that are produced and marketed under proven sustainable conditions. This means ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable. It comprises 44 pragmatic, measurable and wine-relevant criteria from the fields of ecology, economics and social issues from recognized frameworks. The evaluation of the economic criteria is carried out in cooperation with the university Geisenheim,
The criteria are in conformity with those of Biological crop protection or the Organic viticulture, Similar certifications are made by the institutions Fair'n Green (Germany) and Sustainable Austria (Austria).