The Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) initiates, catalyzes and pioneers innovative projects that fall within the scope of its mission.
Once a project is deemed feasible, it moves on to the implementation stage and one or more partners are approached to carry out the project. In some cases EMF remains involved, though in the background.
Apart from incubating projects, EMF has published a variety of articles in professional journals and delivered presentations at congresses. EMF has also sat on internal corporate committees for sustainable development and water, including for Rabobank (1997/8) and Unilever (1998/1999).
EMF initiatives usually require seed money to create a favourable environment for initiating and catalyzing social, commercial and technological innovations. So far EMF has been able to finance these initiatives with donor-funds and cash-flow generating activities connected with project development. In the coming years, new innovative projects will be developed and likewise donors will be required to put up the seed money. In the future the aim is for activities to be self-supporting.
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