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University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.


National Research Foundation

As an entity of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) promotes and supports research through funding, human resource development and the provision of National Research Facilities in all fields of natural and social sciences, humanities and technology. The NRF provides services to the research community especially at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Science Councils, with a view to promote high-level human capital development. The NRF aims to uphold excellence in all its investments in knowledge, people and infrastructure.



University of Cape Town

Founded in 1829, UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and effecting social change and development through its pioneering scholarship, faculty and students. It is also renowned for its striking beauty, with its campus located at the foot of Table Mountain's Devil's Peak, with panoramic views of much of Cape Town.



Climate (ISSN 2225-1154) is a scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal of climate science published online quarterly by MDPI.


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.

Platinum sponsors



MDPI is a platform for peer-reviewed, scientific open-access journals. MDPI is based in Basel, Switzerland.
MDPI publishes over 130 open access electronic journals across all academic disciplines.
MDPI is a member of
CrossRef, OASPA, STM, COPE and DOAJ.



Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. Sustainability provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published monthly online by MDPI.  Impact Factor 2014: 0.942




Environments (ISSN 2076-3298) is an international scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal of environmental sciences published quarterly online by MDPI.



Resources (ISSN 2079-9276) is an international, peer-reviewed journal of scientific studies related to resources, published quarterly online by MDPI.  



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



Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal on building science, building engineering and architecture published quarterly online by MDPI.


Education Sciences

Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal published quarterly online by MDPI.



Land (ISSN 2073-445X) is an international, scholarly, open access journal of land use and land management published quarterly online by MDPI. 


Water Research Commission

The WRC was established in terms of the Water Research Act (Act No 34 of 1971), following a period of serious water shortage. It was deemed to be of national importance to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully, owing to the view held that water would be one of South Africa’s most limiting factors in the 21st century. In 1971 when the WRC was founded, water research and development (R&D) in South Africa was limited to a few institutions and the funding level inadequate. There was no research co-ordination and an apparent neglect of some key research fields. In addition, there was little strategic direction or leadership that would provide for the identification of priority areas or appropriate technology transfer. It was to address these issues, that the WRC was established.



Water (ISSN 2073-4441; CODEN: WATEGH) is an open access journal on water science and technology, including the ecology and management of water resources, and is published monthly online by MDPI.



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.


Global Values Alliance

The Global Values Alliance is a non-profit foundation that helps apply ethical norms and values in everyday practice in business, politics and society. As a combination of think tank and operationally active foundation, we assume the advocacy for the development goals of the United Nations and the UN Global Compact, and for an economic ethos based on intercultural, interreligious and internationally recognized values. We focus our attention on strategic research and application partnerships with organizations and institutions at home and abroad.


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.