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University of Basel

The university opened with a mass held at Basel Minster on 4 April 1460. It has undergone dynamic development ever since its inception. During the first year following its founding, the University Register in Basel listed 226 students and lecturers. Today, the seven faculties at the University of Basel have around 13,000 students and over 350 professors.


Sustainability Office University of Basel

The University of Basel commits itself to the principles of sustainability. With selected goal-oriented activities and projects, sustainability will be integrated across all areas of the organisation - research, teaching and outreach. Furthermore, it strives for a respectful use of ecological, economical and social resources in university daily-life.




MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an academic open-access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Additional offices are located in Beijing and Wuhan (China) as well as in Barcelona (Spain). MDPI publishes 150 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access, electronic journals.



Kanton Basel-Stadt

Basel has power: Economic power. Basel is the most dynamic economic region in Switzerland, it is also one of the most productive and most innovative in the world.



Energies (ISSN 1996-1073; CODEN: ENERGA) is an open access journal of related scientific research, technology development, engineering, and the studies in policy and management and is published monthly online by MDPI.



Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE) is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. Sustainabilityprovides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published monthly online by MDPI.  




Die Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW) vereinigt als Dachorganisation rund 60 wissenschaftliche Fachgesellschaften. Sei es in der Literatur oder der Theologie, in den Kommunikations- oder den politischen Wissenschaften, ihre Mitgliedgesellschaften repräsentieren eine Vielfalt von Disziplinen. Gesamthaft gesehen sind nicht weniger als 30'000 Personen als Mitglied einer Fachgesellschaft mit der SAGW verbunden und bilden somit das grösste Netz in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften unseres Landes.


interreg Oberrhein - Rhin Supérieur

Die Regionalpolitik ist die wichtigste Investitionspolitik der Europäischen Union (EU). Diese solidarische Politik zielt darauf ab, wirtschaftliche, soziale und territoriale Ungleichheiten zwischen den verschiedenen Gebieten, die gemeinsam die Europäische Union bilden, zu verringern.
La politique régionale est la principale politique d’investissement de l’Union européenne (UE). Cette politique de solidarité vise à diminuer les disparités économiques, sociales et territoriales entre les différents territoires qui composent l’Union européenne.


Sustainable Development Solutions Network

In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, we are now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and a diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network, while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision making and accountability. The SDSN Leadership Council acts as the board of the SDSN. A smaller Executive Committee oversees financial, programmatic, and other operational matters. Twelve Thematic Networks involving experts from around the world lead the technical work of the SDSN. Members of the SDSN are part of the SDSN Assembly and can participate in National or Regional SDSNs. A small Academic Advisory Committee works on issues relating to education and curriculum design. The SDSN Secretariat is hosted by Columbia University with staff in Paris and New York.


The Sustainable Corporate Responsibility (SCORE) Group

The Sustainable Corporate Responsibility (SCORE) Group, directed by Prof. Manfred Max Bergman (University of Basel) and Prof. Klaus Leisinger (University of Basel; Global Values Alliance), is dedicated to empirical research on the complex relations between business and society from a culture-sensitive and context-specific perspective. As a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), SCORE is studying the ways and means the SDG process is utilized to further inclusive and green economic development, foster social development, and improve environmental management. In this regard, the SCORE group is currently exploring the roles and responsibilities of corporations in and beyond regions and societies. It also compiles and analyses the corporate responsibility expectations of relevant stakeholders from government, NGOs/NPOs, and civil society. The aim of the research programme is not only to advance theories and research on corporate sustainability in cross-national and cross-cultural contexts but also to facilitate change. Examples of important research questions are: Why and how should corporations be responsible? What are the corporate responsibility expectations of important stakeholder groups? Why are some corporations more committed to sustainable development than others? What are the advantages of, and the main hurdles toward, integrating international commitments (e.g. UN Global Compact; UN SDGs)? By focusing on such questions, SCORE aims to contribute to policy-relevant and future-oriented research that will help to improve global relations between business and society – and thus facilitate sustainable development through co-creation.