Empowering collaboration for sustainable resources

Global platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and action

The World Resources Forum is an international non-profit organisation mobilising concerted action to promote sustainability and fairness in the global use of natural resources. Through our multi-stakeholder conferences and projects, we strive to scale up knowledge and practical solutions able to make resource use a force for human wellbeing within planetary boundaries.

Upcoming Events

Due Diligence And Transparency Practices By Extractive Commodity Trading Companies: Low-Hanging Fruits And Persistent Gaps

Partner session at the 2023 OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, 26 April 2023, 13.00 – 14.00 CEST

This in-person event at the OECD Headquarters in Paris will introduce the recently published Extractive Commodity Trading Report 2023. Speakers on the panel will provide an up-to-date state-of-play, and highlight gaps and good practices seen across the industry.

Launch Webinar: "UNEP Eco-Innovation Supplement For Electronics - Business Models, Circularity And Learnings From Developing Countries"

4 May 2023, 15.00 – 16.30 CEST

Co-hosted with the United Nations Environment Programme, this webinar will serve as the launch of the recently published Eco-innovation Electronics Supplement, as part of the project entitled “Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under SAICM“, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

WRF'23 Rethinking Value - Resources For Planetary Wellbeing

The 2023 World Resources Forum Conference will take place on September 4-6 in Geneva, Switzerland and online. The event will be organised back-to-back with the UNEP Global Intergovernmental Meeting on Minerals and Metals.
Contact: wrf2023@wrforum.org

Ressources Forum Austria

The fifth Austrian Resources Forum “Vision 2050: how can we achieve the resource turnaround” will take place on 2/3 May 2023.

Re-Source 2023

The sixth conference “Resource Conservation – From Idea to Action” will take place on May 4-5, 2023 in Salzburg, organised by the environmental ministries and federal agencies of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Latest Publications

Extractive Commodity Trading Report 2023

Our latest publication in collaboration with the Responsible Mining Foundation on the ESG performance of the commodity trading industry. Out on March 20, 2023!
Press: commoditytrading@wrforum.org

UNEP Eco-Innovation Electronics Supplement

Our latest publication in collaboration with UNEP to respond to the electronics sector’s need for more guidance in building resilient, competitive, and sustainable business models that reduce harmful (chemical) impacts in the products of SMEs.

Sustainable resource use plays a key role to combat climate change, achieve the SDGs and enable the low-carbon transition.

Unsustainable production and consumption systems powered by relentless extraction of natural resources have been driving the inter-linked planetary crises of climate changebiodiversity loss and pollution.

Today, resource extraction and processing are responsible for over 80% of biodiversity loss and water stress, and for 50% of carbon emissions globally. And global material resource use is expected to more than double from 2015 to 2050.

Through the shared vision and effective collaboration of all societal stakeholders, we can counteract these negative impacts and scale up solutions for an efficient and sustainable use of resources.

How We Strive For Impact

Our Activities


An inclusive and forward-looking space for multi-stakeholder dialogue building knowledge and support for collaborative action.


Bridging the knowledge-practice gap through applied research and capacity building, with a distinct focus on the Global South.

How We Strive For Impact

Our Activities


Reduce extraction and operate responsibly

Enabling the extractive sector to positively contribute to the SGDs while guaranteeing the supply of mineral resources necessary for the transition towards low-carbon economies.


Enabling resources to fulfil their full potential

Supporting the design and diffusion of circular economy models able to reduce the resource intensity and waste of the global economy by keeping products and materials in use.


Preventing value being labelled as waste

Ensuring that end-of-pipe solutions efficiently recover resources with high environmental and health standards, reducing the ever-growing need for virgin raw materials.

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