About ISC3

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Who we are

The first ISC3 Stakeholder Forum: Collaboration with 110 Experts from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America
Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety at the Anniversary Event of the ISC3 September 2018 in Bonn
The ISC3 Team at a strategy meeting in Montabaur, February 2019

The ISC3 is an international centre promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Chemistry is currently facing a substantial challenge: to progress towards sustainability and a circular economy, it must reinvent itself. This entails a new system thinking based on a circular approach and the creation of new business opportunities and jobs. If successfully implemented, the sustainable chemical sector can make significant contributions to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The SDGs chart the course until 2030, taking the planet’s most pressing problems into account.

The ISC3 is a globally acting institution, multi-stakeholder platform and think tank. It manages a knowledge platform and a network of experts, offers training and support for implementation, especially for developing countries, and carries out innovation scouting activities to discover new technologies, processes and business models. It is a partner for industry and politics as well as for the civil society and research and connects different stakeholders.


The ISC3 aims to shape the transformation of the chemical sector towards sustainable chemistry, and thus contributes to the preservation of the environment, as well as the establishment of a circular economy.

For the ISC3, the key activity fields for achieving this transformation are Collaboration, Innovation, Education, Research, and Information. Being active in these areas, we aim to develop and promote new solutions for the most pressing problems of humankind: climate change, energy and water services, mobility, and food production.


To shape the transformation of the chemical sector, the ISC3 acts as a global think tank that initiates research and innovation and disseminates results as an international knowledge broker. As a key principle, the ISC3 seeks Collaboration across sectors and actors and establishes an international knowledge platform where players from policy, civil society, industry, and academia can come together to exchange and develop new innovative solutions.

The ISC3 builds on new business models that are based on sound ecological, social, and economic principles as important transformation drivers. The Centre has established a Global Start-Up Service that targets entrepreneurs along the entire Innovation chain and assesses, advises, and supports them.

As change and transformation start in the mindset of people, the ISC3 also relies on academic Education. The Centre has launched a Master’s program on Sustainable Chemistry and will further establish an International School on Sustainable Chemistry. The Centre is further screening upcoming academic Research ideas, materials, and processes and analyses their potential and pitfalls.

The ISC3 is building up an international network in which the concept of Sustainable Chemistry is discussed and further developed. To achieve this, the Centre has been developing a communication strategy based on knowledge management, Information dissemination, and awareness-raising on sustainable chemistry. Additionally, the ISC3 is active in international strategic approaches in the chemical sector, like SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management), and has contributed to the UNs Global Chemical Outlook II.