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Digital Data Clean-Up 2023 - Almost 50 organisations take part!

11. Sep 2023 - Announcement

The Digital Data Clean-Up is a joint campaign by various organisations as part of the CDR Initiative. The aim of the campaign is to encourage employees to clean up their data on hard drives, network drives, in email inboxes and in the cloud and to support them in doing so.


There is a huge amount of data in email inboxes and on drives. A lot of (spam) emails are added every day and many employees receive newsletters that they don't actually read. Data drives contain old, unnecessary documents or multiple, almost identical draft versions of a file that take up storage space.

The advantages of digital cleaning are obvious. As well as having a positive impact on the environment and climate, reducing storage space also reduces costs. Participants are also made aware of the need to save data in the long term and a tidy digital desk is also good for their mental health. Ultimately, data protection and security are also arguments in favour of a dedicated digital decluttering process.

Quote from our patron, Federal Minister Steffi Lemke

Almost 50 organisations are taking part in the Digital Data Clean-Up 2023

A total of 49 organisations have responded to the CDR Initiative's call to take part in the campaign. Start-ups, SMEs and large corporations from a wide range of industries are taking part in the campaign. They are joined by public authorities, local authorities, educational and cultural institutions and civil society organisations. This broad spectrum of participants shows that the topic is equally important for all types of organisations.

Logocollage der am Datenputz teilnehmenden Institutionen und Mitgliedsunternehmen der CDR Initiative

Voices of participating organisations

The Otto Group as a role model

After the Otto Group, a member of the CDR Initiative, had already successfully carried out a digital spring clean in 2022 and was thus able to make a successful contribution to responsible digitalisation and sustainability (more information in the video and in the Otto Group's report), the Otto Group colleagues have also taken the campaign to the CDR Initiative. The campaign is now being implemented in close cooperation with other organisations, following the Otto Group's example.

Implementation during the campaign period

Cleaning will take place during the campaign period from 11.09.2023 to 22.09.2023. The CDR Initiative office has prepared materials for this, such as a quiz and checklists on the key topics of reducing the flood of emails, cleaning up clouds and drives and working digitally with less CO2.

The participating organisations were free to implement these and will, for example, also organise their own participatory calls to clean up together with their colleagues.

Interested in joining the Digital Data Clean-Up in 2024? Feel free to contact us
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