Happy birthday to Öbu

Bern, 8 Mai 2014 Our partner Öbu organized the Ö Forum, an annual meeting on the theme “Sustainability in business” and celebrated its 25th anniversary. Öbu is a Swiss business association of companies that have included the promotion of a better environmental and social performance in their business philosophy.

Eco-Forum Global, IUCN and WRF joining hands on resources and environment

St. Gallen, 30 november 2013 WRF, IUCN and Eco-Forum Global want to join hands on promoting and facilitating discussions on resources and environment issues.

The intention to work together was expressed during a visit of a delegation of the Chinese Eco-Forum Global and IUCN (International Union for Conservaton of Nature) at the World Resources Forum's Headquarters in St. Gallen.

"There are no technical barriers for a future without oil, gas or coal" says Martin Faulstich at WRF Conference

FaulstichSt. Gallen, 23 May 2013. "There are no technical barriers for a future without oil, gas or coal", Martin Faulstich, Chair of the German Advisory Council on the Environment, said in his speech for the WRF Energy Conference, held at the "Energiemesse" in St. Gallen.
Helga Weisz, Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research, showed the important role that cities have in achieving the potential for renewable energies. The WRF will showcase the lessons learnt at its next global conference, to be held in Davos, October 2013.  

"Hacking for Sustainability" at ICT4S Conference

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Zurich, 5 December 2012 Registration for the "ICT4S" international conference on the role of Information and Communication Technologies, to be held in Zurich, 14-15 February, 2013, is now open. The World Resources Forum is one of the organising partners and will organise a pre-event on February 13 (for free entrance to the pre-event write to

The program also includes a Green Hackaton ("one day hacking for sustainability"), as well as the launch of the SECO/Empa program on sustainable recycling industries.

Commodity Trade Hotspot Switzerland debate: "no them and us"

St. Gallen, 15 November 2012 Bas de Leeuw, Managing Director at WRF opened the Oikos conference at the University of St. Gallen.  He introduced the topic of sustainability presenting the key concepts, challenges and opportunities for improvement in the current situation. This introduction led to the main topic of the conference “Commodity Trade – Hotspot Switzerland”.

“Sustainability is about behavior. We need social science to make real progress”

Podium SAGWBern, 7 November 2012
   “Sustainability is about behavior, things that people feel, think and do. We cannot solve this issue with natural and technical science alone. We can go on publishing our analyses and organizing our UN conferences for another forty years, but we need social science to make real progress.” This was said by WRF Managing Director Bas de Leeuw in a podium discussion, organised by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Business Summit: "Environment has to come out of the bubble"

Berlin B4E SummitBerlin, 23 May 2012. The Business for the Environment (B4E) Summit agreed today on strong messages to the Rio+20 negotiators, including calls for clear sustainability goals, setting best practices as basic standards, subsidy and tax reform, and green public procurement. The conference showed that business increasingly sees itself as key leader in achieving sustainability.

This was also recognised by Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, Luisa Diogo, former Prime Minister Mozambique and member of the UN High Level Panel on Global Sustainability ("the private sector is the engine for change"), and Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP. 

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