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 Building a sustainable world together


 

In 2012, the idea that emerged in Rio at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development first led Sulitest to an experimental phase aligned with the commitments of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) signatories.

Sulitest designed an initial platform to foster the mission to, “support expanded sustainability knowledge, skills and mindset that motivate individuals to become deeply committed to building a sustainable future and to making informed and effective decisions.“

In 2013, universities were the first to begin to experiment with Sulitest’s international tool through the pilot platform. It was also at this time that many regional committees were created and produced their first set of local questions. All of them were convinced, as much as we are, that in order to build a sustainable future, all current and future decision-makers urgently needed to improve their literacy on sustainable development.

Learning from the pilot phase, a new platform was launched at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi (May 2016). In this new Phase 1, Sulitest presented a more user-friendly tool, both for users and for examiners, and questions built on a refined matrix and aligned with one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Global Agenda.

Sulitest was recognized in 2016 as one of the first featured initiatives of the UN Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals, and in 2017 as a contributor to the review of the 2030 Agenda through the High-level Political Forum (HLPF).

 Sulitest now offers a variety of tools aligned with the SDGs. To date, more than 230,000 people have taken Sulitest’s best-known tool - the international test - of which more than 78% expressed that they felt this test was useful for them in an optional survey.

Looking ahead: Increasing our impact

Over the past three years, the majority of universities, companies, and even political parties have started to declare their commitment to the planet and have, at least in their communication, decided to become leaders in sustainable development. While everyone can rejoice in this movement, we all agree that beyond great intentions and certain actions, it is imperative for these organizations to be able to concretely demonstrate their commitment and measure their impact.

Today, people can no longer afford to fail to understand and act for sustainable development. Companies need to make sure that more and more staff are aware of sustainable development challenges and able to take it into account in their daily decisions and activities. Universities need to demonstrate that all of their students share common sustainability knowledge and their basic understanding of the challenges. Everyone needs to go beyond greenwashing and to provide evidence of their commitments and impact measures for their stakeholders.

Therefore Sulitest has decided to scale up its impact by setting the standard for universities and organizations. In 2022, Sulitest will launch the first online certificate assessing sustainable development knowledge, accessible and easy to set up, reliable and globally comparable. This knowledge standard will be recognized for student employability and career development. This system will also allow users to easily extract data and produce indicators and evidence, which can be used for rankings, accreditations, recruitment, etc.

Our goal is to multiply our impact on the understanding of sustainable development by massively deploying the Awareness Test, aiming to reach 1 million tests per year worldwide and to reach the target of 500,000 certificates issued in five years. While these are just numbers, what motivates us to pursue this project is the massive impact the people behind those numbers can create when they are empowered with sustainability literacy. 

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