Catalysing multi-stakeholder collaboration for the sustainable management of natural resources.
The sustainable management of natural resources is intrinsically dependent upon the collaborative engagement of multiple societal stakeholders. Businesses, policy-makers, scientists, civil society organisations and individuals all have a role to play and a responsibility to act towards sustainable progress.
Through our conferences and projects, we aim at initiating an open dialogue and igniting action for taking concrete steps towards system-wide transformative change in the way we manage natural resources along their whole life-cycle.
The World Resources Forum Association was established in 2019 as a spin-off from Empa, the world-leading Swiss-based materials research institute, which has been organising “R” series conferences on recycling and re-use of resources since 1995. R referred to reduce, reuse and recycle. In 2009, Empa together with the Factor 10 Institute decided to broaden the scope of the conferences to include the full life-cycle of products and services. And so the series of conferences became the World resources Forum, which has been attracting increasing numbers of high-level politicians, business leders, NGO’s and scientists from all over the World. Still today, WRFA holds strong collaboration ties with Empa on both conferences and technical and implementation projects in the Global South, a prominent example being the co-led, SECO-funded Sustainable Recycling Industries Initiative.