Sustainability Programme




Fostering commitments towards future generations, integrating their interests into contemporary decision making processes.

Enabling patterns of production that minimise the usage of natural resources and toxic materials as well as of emissions and pollutants throughout the life cycle of products and services.

Encouraging patterns of consumption that prioritise the choice of products and services that consume fewer materials, last longer and generate less waste and taking these aspects into account in the purchase, usage and re-usage of products as well as in their sharing.



Sustainability across its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – constitutes a broad concept susceptible to framing multiple thematic areas, and representing a crucial theme to an institution with an intrinsic vocation for long term issues such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, interweaving its statutory fields of science, education and charity and working transversally through its various programmes and organic units.


Targets / Beneficiaries

The Programme’s target audiences include national organisations and companies, employees of NGOs/Civil Services/Academia, university students, journalists, entrepreneurs, children and young persons, entities with responsibilities for bringing about higher levels of environmental awareness, civil society and the public in general as well as any institutions holding responsibility for making decisions that impact on future generations.

The end beneficiaries are society as a whole (with a focus on future generations), that shall benefit from a healthier environment and a more sustainable long term economic model as well as greater awareness about how sustainable production and consumption contributes to better quality of life in the present.


Action strategy

The Programme is organised around two strategic axes: Intergenerational Justice and Sustainable Production and Consumption.

The Intergenerational Justice axis concentrates on the generations to come and seeks to nurture reflection about the consequences of decisions taken by current generations and their impacts on future generations, boosting the public perception of this theme and integrating it into public debates and policies.

The Sustainable Production and Consumption axis approaches patterns of consumption and production, environmentally responsible, economically viable and socially just and also seeking to deepen knowledge about this theme, fostering innovation, promoting new individual and organisational practices and enhancing public perceptions.

Providing continuity to the work first begun by the Oceans Initiative, the oceans account for an action priority within the context of sustainable production and consumption interventions.

The Programme shall strive to work the two themes in an integrated fashion and through partnerships, interweaving the impact that our current choices over production and consumer shall have for the world we are going to leave behind for future generations.