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MDPI Sustainability Foundation

The groundwork of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation was laid in the 1980s. It is based on Dr. Shu-Kun Lin’s early conviction that compounds developed by chemists around the world should be collected, preserved, and shared. In 1996, Dr. Lin founded MDPI—Molecular Diversity Preservation International—to achieve this goal of chemical compounds’ sustainable preservation. The collection and distribution of chemical samples was transferred to the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, registered in 2012, and operated by Mollmall Sarl on behalf of the Foundation.
The vision of the MDPI Sustaibility Foundation is to preserve diversity, important for academic research and its wider global implications. The initial focus was limited to preservation of chemical compounds through the deposit and exchange of rare molecular and biomolecular research samples. These samples may then be made available to the scientific community for future research purposes and contribute to further scientific developments. Future steps are to expand this preservation effort to other types of samples and resources.
Since then, Dr. Lin’s interest in sustainability has widened considerably and he is now strongly committed to support societally-relevant research that contributes to regional and global efforts toward a sustainable world. As part of this effort, MDPI has initiated the World Sustainability Forum (WSF), an international conference at which the World Sustainability Award will be presented, as well as its smaller counterparts—the physical WSF local forums and the electronic WSF electronic forums. Furthermore, MDPI fosters scholarly exchange on issues of sustainability with its according publications—the open-access journal Sustainability and the edited book series Frontiers in Sustainability (FinS).



Founded in the United States in 2010, IGEA is a professional international organization whose mission is to promote the development of a global green economy. Led by Maurice F. Strong, eight-time Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and CEO of UNEP, IGEA is devoted to making a difference in the world through the collaboration of business and environmental leaders. IGEA’s secretariat headquarters are in Beijng, China, and branches have been established in the U.S.A., Germany, Japan and Canada. IGEA aims at boosting the construction of an international green economy while maintaining sustainable economic development. We are dedicated not only to the greening of the industrial economy, but also to assisting businesses in sharpening their competitive edge. IGEA has committees of more than 500 experts and advisors employed in fields such as agriculture, alternative energy, and environmental protection. IGEA offers a six-sided approach to help its members grow and improve: policy consulting, technology exchange, market networking, investment consulting, expert committees, and brand recognition. A U.N. counselor, IGEA is a member of the U.N. Economic & Social Council and the U.N. Global Contract Organization.


Tsinghua University Beijing China

Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. The school was renamed "Tsinghua School" in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925. The name “National Tsinghua University” was adopted in 1928. The faculty greatly valued the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures, the sciences and humanities, the ancient and modern. Tsinghua scholars Wang Guowei, Liang Qichao, Chen Yinque and Zhao Yuanren, renowned as the "Four Tutors" in the Institute of Chinese Classics, advocated this belief and had a profound impact on Tsinghua's later development.
Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.


University of International Business & Economics (UIBE)

The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), situated in the northeast of Beijing, was founded in 1951. UIBE is a national key university jointly-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, and is the top university in the fields of economics and business. UIBE has a total enrollment of over 16,000 full-time schooling students including more than 3,200 international students from above 130 countries.


University of Basel

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.
As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.



Center for International Business Ethics, CIBE

The Center for International Business Ethics (CIBE) is a non-governmental organization established in 2004, and hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China. CIBE specializes in bridging academic study with business practice with a particular focus on ethical strategy and performance.
CIBE aims at creating positive impact on the society with value and knowledge through research, teaching and action in the field of business ethics.

Platinum sponsors



Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050)  is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly and 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: 1.789



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), Barcelona (Spain) as well as in Belgrade (Serbia). MDPI publishes 178 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access, electronic journals, including Sustainability (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 1.789), Molecules (launched in 1996; Impact Factor 2.861), the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (launched in 2000; Impact Factor 3.226), Sensors (launched in 2001; Impact Factor 2.677), Marine Drugs(launched in 2003; Impact Factor 3.503), Energies (launched in 2008; Impact Factor 2.262), the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (launched in 2004; Impact Factor 2.101), Viruses (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.465), Remote Sensing (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.244), Toxins (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.030) and Nutrients (launched in 2009; Impact Factor 3.550). Our publishing activities are supported by more than 12,800 active scientists and academic editors on our journals' international editorial boards, including several Nobelists. More than 216,400 individual authors have already published with MDPI. MDPI.com receives more than 4.2 million monthly webpage views.
MDPI is a member of  SPARC, Society for Scholarly Publishing, ORCID, Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers,    CrossRef, OASPA, STM, COPE , DOAJ and CLOCKSS.




Energies (ISSN 1996-1073) 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. Impact Factor: 2.262



Water (ISSN 2073-4441) 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. Impact Factor: 1.832



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



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



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



Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309) is an international, scientific, 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, open access journal published quarterly online by MDPI.


Urban Science

Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851) is an international, scientific, open access journal of urban and regional studies published quarterly online by MDPI.



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



Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

The organization and governance of SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network. The SDSN Leadership Council brings together global sustainable development leaders from all regions drawn from civil society, public, and private sectors. It acts as the board of SDSN. Much of SDSN’s work is led by National or Regional SDSNs, which mobilize knowledge institutions around the SDGs. Several Thematic Networks mobilize experts from around the world on the technical challenges of implementing the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN has a small secretariat with offices in New York, New Delhi, and Paris.


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 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.