Veolia Institute, environmental think tank dedicated to promoting foresight reflection on interactions between society and the environment.
The Veolia Institute is a non-profit organization under French law, created in 2001 by the company Veolia. It operates as an independent environmental think-tank, promoting foresight reflection and providing an international platform for sharing state-of-the art scientific knowledge and best field practices on sustainable development. Dedicated to encouraging long-term thinking and to anticipating the trends that will mark the society-environment interaction in the mid and long-terms, the Institute works systematically in partnership with pluridisciplinary networks of scientists and development practitioners in the field in order to fulfil its goals. The Foresight Committee, the Institute's central body, provides independent views about social needs and directions and their implications for the Institute’s activities. Besides its open-access scientific publications S.A.P.I.EN.S and FACTS Reports, the Veolia Institute organizes every 18-24 months a series of “Future Environmental Trends Conferences” jointly with academic or institutional partners. Acting as facilitator among interdisciplinary communities and catalyst of innovative reflection, the programme of international conferences organized since 2004 synthesizes the mission of the Institute: to identify emerging challenges of sustainable development, to raise public awareness and to inform decision-making.