Associate Partners


  • Gold Level


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.

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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.

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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.

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Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

 Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements
of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented
research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry,
and science and society.

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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.

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  • Silver Level 


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.

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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. GeSI has 33 members representing leading companies and associations from the ICT sector (including Alcatel-LucentAT&T
Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, HP, Microsoft, ORANGE, Sony, Swisscom,
, Vodafone). 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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. 

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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.

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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.

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Sitra - The Finnish Innovation Fund

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future-oriented organisation that promotes Finland's competitiveness and the well-being of the Finnish people. We anticipate societal change, try out new operating models and accelerate business activities
aimed at creating sustainable well-being.

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  • Other Partners


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.

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The Club of Rome

The Club of Rome was founded in 1968 as an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business and science, men and women who are long-term thinkers interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world. The Club of Rome members share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet.

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Council for Less Common Elements

As there are currently no neutral platforms dealing with the information and knowledge exchange of all these elements the Foundation “Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle, ESM” initiated in April 2011 the creation of the Council for Less Common Elements.
This council is based on unbiased neutral experts  that stand for the sustainability of
less common elements, their accessibility, their careful handling, possible substitution
and improved recycling to maintain their potential in innovative and ecological important
products for the effective functioning of our modern society.

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South Pole Carbon

South Pole Carbon is committed to fight climate change. We help companies to reach their sustainability targets through innovative products and solutions as well as premium emission reduction projects.
The South Pole team works around the clock and around the globe to improve the state of the climate with market-based solutions. South Pole Carbon enables the implementation and operation of high-quality emission-reduction projects that address climate change and sustainable development.

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J.Safra Sarasin Group

As an international group committed to sustainability and well established through its banks in more than 25 locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, J. Safra Sarasin Group is a global symbol of private banking tradition, emphasizing security and well-managed conservative growth for clients.
The J. Safra Sarasin Group is part of the family-owned Safra Group, a highly
regarded name in global Private Banking with a long and successful history.
All the companies in the Safra Group are built on strong financial foundations.
Family ownership provides the Group and their clients with stability and a
consistent long-term approach.

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PSI - Paul Scherrer Institut

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform world-class research in three main subject areas: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment; and Human Health.
By conducting fundamental and applied research, we work on long-term solutions
for major challenges facing society, industry and science.

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Swiss National Science Foundation

Mandated by the federal government, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports basic science in all academic disciplines, from history to medicine and the engineering sciences. The SNSF is Switzerland’s foremost
research funding organisation and finances over 3,400 projects involving 14,000
researchers each year.

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ETH Board

It determines the domain's strategic direction and allocates the funding provided by the
Swiss Confederation to the six institutions. It secures the necessary executive
management capacity, nominates the six institutions' presidents and directors for election
by the Federal Council and appoints professors for both Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology: the ETHZ and the EPFL.

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SWISS flies business people to around 70 destinations all over the world. One of every three tourists travels to Switzerland by air. And in value terms, local companies ship around one-third of their exports by air. In a globalised world, SWISS shares the responsibility for ensuring that Switzerland remains an attractive place in which to work,
engage in leisure activities and spend timeon holiday.

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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.

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Tebo - Empa Technology Centre St.Gallen

The Technology Center for the Lake Constance Region at the Empa St.Gallen provides support for young enterprises in the region during their starting phases, thereby contributing to the competitiveness of the economy of Eastern Switzerland.
It encourages and offers assistance to potential new companies and start-ups, and lends a helping hand to young entrepreneurs in the planning and implementation of
technology oriented projects with industry in Eastern Switzerland, Empa and other
partners from the educational and research sectors.

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University of Technology Sydney

UTS has a collaborative and innovative approach, with a commitment to our local and global communities, making us a preferred partner of leaders in industry, research and
the professions. We provide expertise, facilities and professional services that benefit
organisations and institutions internationally, as well individuals in the local community.

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Peruvian Minstry of Environment

The Ministry of Environment of Peru is a ministry of the Cabinet of Peru, created on May 13, 2008. Its function is to oversee the environmental sector of Peru,
with the authority to design, establish, and execute government policies concerning
the environment.ness activities aimed at creating sustainable well-being.

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