Founding Members

As a multi-stakeholder platform, the WRFA membership is open to individuals as well as to a large array of organisations such as companies, governmental agencies, international organisations, NGOs, scientific as well as academic institutions.

The Board of the WRF Association has the following founding members:

Swiss Federal Institute for Materials Research and Technology (Empa)

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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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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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.

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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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