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Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
The FOEN is the federal government’s centre of environmental expertise and is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. The FOEN is the federal government's centre of competence for environmental matters. It contributes to the long term preservation and use of natural resources (air, water, soil, forests, landscape, biodiversity) for society and the economy.
For further information: www.bafu.admin.ch
Federal Environment Agency Germany
For man and the environment is the mission statement of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Founded in 1974, the UBA is Germany’s central federal authority on environmental matters. Its key statutory mandates are: To provide scientific support to the Federal Government; Implementation of environmental laws, and Information of the public about environmental protection. It has a total staff of around 1430, who work at 13 sites, of which seven are measuring stations of the UBA's own air monitoring network.
For further information: www.umweltbundesamt.de
Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.
For further information: www.minienm.nl
UNEP International Resource Panel
The Panel was officially launched in November 2007 and is expected to provide the scientific impetus for decoupling economic growth and resource use from environmental degradation. The overall objective of the Resource Panel is therefore to provide independent scientific assessment of the environmental impacts due to the use of resources over the full life cycle, and advise governments and organizations on ways to reduce these impacts.
For further information: www.unep.fr/scp/rpanel
UNIDO - Industrial Development Organization
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, and work towards improving living conditions in the world's poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.
For further information: www.unido.org
Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA. HP is one of the world's largest information technology companies, operating in nearly every country. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise, and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers, and other imaging products. HP markets its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. HP also has strong services and consulting business around its products and partner products.
For further information: www.hp.com
The Rhomberg Group operates in the fields of construction, railway technology and engineering, underpinned by the ecologically sound utilisation of resources. It has been successfully managed as a family firm into its fourth generation. This enables us to develop a long-term perspective regardless of share prices and short-term profit expectations. It provides the necessary stability for innovations and also offers scope for unconventional ideas.
For further information: www.rhombergbau.at
City Council St. Gallen
The city of St. Gallen received the award "Energy city Gold", developed the "Energy concept 2050", and promotes CO2-saving measures in buildings via its own Energy Fund.
The City Council supports the establishment of an independent general office of the World Resources Forum in St. Gallen.
For further information: www.stadt.sg.ch
Is a Swiss business Association of more than 400 companies, dominated by SMEs, running their business according the nexus of sustainable development, promoting especially resource efficiency and reduction of total environmental load in their supply chain, within the Swiss economy. Together all members are promoting a better environmental and social performance to strengthen their competiveness successfully in the market.
Under the slogan - challenges are our opportunity - ÖBU provides a multistakeholder dialog with business, SME’s, government, trade associations, media and the public. Due to the fact that each member is working on sustainability within intrinsic motivation its resident in the top management of each member.
ÖBU is also a body of the International Network for Environmental Management.
For further information: www.oebu.ch
Global e-Sustainability Initiative
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a strategic partnership of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and organisations committed to creating and promoting technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. Formed in 2001, GeSI’s vision is a sustainable world through responsible, ICT-enabled transformation. GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members’ voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development. GeSI has 33 members representing leading companies and associations from the ICT sector. GeSI also partners with two UN organizations - the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - as well as a range of international stakeholders committed to ICT sustainability objectives. These partnerships help shape GeSI’s global vision regarding the evolution of the ICT sector, and how it can best meet the challenges of sustainable development.
For further information: www.gesi.org
Mercator Foundation Switzerland
The Mercator Foundation Switzerland initiates and funds projects that promote better educational opportunities in schools and universities. In the spirit of Gerhard Mercator, it supports initiatives that embody the idea of open-mindedness and tolerance through intercultural encounters, encouraging the sharing of knowledge and culture. The foundation provides a platform for new ideas to enable people to develop their personality, become involved in society and make the most of the opportunities available to them. Mercator Foundation Switzerland takes an entrepreneurial, international and professional approach to its work.
For further information: www.stiftung-mercator.ch
Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems
The Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS) was founded in 1983. It was established as one of the first organisations worldwide to provide assessment and certification services.
Today, SQS is the market leader in its sector in Switzerland. With 147 permanent employees of which 5 are apprentices in Switzerland, France and Italy and a further 262 associate employees worldwide, SQS relies on a well-established network which operates on an international level. Due to its legal status as an association, SQS is a not-for profit organisation which functions neutrally and independently.
For further information: www.sqs.ch
Swiss Academy for Engineering Science (SATW)
SATW is a non-commercial, politically independent umbrella organization bringing together people, institutions and specialist companies in Switzerland that are active in the application and promotion of the engineering sciences.
SATW and its three sister academies SAHS, SAMS and SCNAT are recognized as scientific institutions under Federal research law. Around 80% of SATW’s funding (approximately CHF 1.5 million a year) comes from the Federal Government. The academy’s services are defined in a contract with the Federal Government. SATW has around 230 individual members and 60 member organizations.
For further information: www.satw.ch
Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
The association of the «Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences» includes the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)as well as the two Centres for Excellence TA-SWISS and Science et Cité. Their collaboration is focused on early detection, ethic and the dialogue between science and society
For further information: www.swiss-academies.ch
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development center in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation in China. It was founded in Beijing on 1st November 1949 on the basis of the former Academia Sinica (Central Academy of Sciences) and Peiping Academy of Sciences.
For further information: http://english.cas.cn
The Koli Forum is a top-level initiative to establish a new discussion forum on natural resources. Topics of the Koli Forum are related to natural resources and range from the availability of raw materials and their economic use, to environmental aspects and competitiveness of Europe.The 2nd Koli Forum , held in Koli National Park in Finland, September 2011, was titled "Koli Forum on Europe 2020: Resources for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - Renewable forest and bioenergy". Themes were innovation and education, sustainable bioeconomy and renewable bioenergy.
For further information: www.koliforum.fi