Our Vision

A world where the use of natural resources is conducive to human progress and wellbeing for all within planetary boundaries.

Our Mission

Empower multi-stakeholder, international collaboration to improve knowledge, co-create solutions and build capacity for a fair and sustainable use of natural resources.
How we pursue our mission

Our Goals

Facilitate research & innovation
to find new solutions for the sustainable management of natural resources
Provide policy advise
to support decision-makers with analytical tools and institutional capacity
Build & mobilize networks
of international stakeholders to collaborate for the co-creation of practical solutions
Co-create industry standards
for the adoption of a common language in the design of sustainable products and processes
Increase capacity
in skills and innovation for resource use on the ground, especially in the 'Global South'
Build awareness
about the environmental, economic, social and geo-political implications of global resource use
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Check out the latest Annual Report

Our Work in 2021

engaged through our conferences and projects
co-developed with our partners
represented at our WRF 2021 Conference

In our yearly report, we provide our community with a snapshot of our achievements in both our forum and project activities. Check out the latest edition to discover how we pursued our mission in 2021!

Methodological Pillars

Our Approach

The way natural resources are managed and used has inter-linked economic, social, environmental and geo-political causes and effects. Only by addressing all these dimensions systematically, we can unveil the core of pressing challenges and design solutions that are effective and sustainable. Thinking in systems also allows us to analyse the dynamics of natural resources systems, exploring how changes in one dimension cause effects on another.

Environmental, social and economic impact happens at all stages of the life of natural resources, from the way they are extracted, to the way they are used in production processes and are recovered after the consumption stage. Life-cycle thinking provides us a methodology to systematically analyse how resources are used across extraction, production and consumption systems, and to look for opportunities to increase resource efficiency and value.

In today’s world, natural resources are at the core of complex global value chains, where production, distribution, consumption and recovery activities often take place far away. Decisions at any stage inevitably have profound consequences for the entire chain’s management of resources. By mapping and including all chain actors in our activities, we are able to discover levellers for change and increase the effectiveness of policy and practical interventions.

Our Values