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).