Our Institute is intentionally organized as a non-profit association, with all our income going towards our own work or benefiting the organization. We finance our work primarily through commissioned projects and grants from public and private clients. If we consider a project to be of particular strategic importance or benefit to society, but are unable to fund it fully through commissions and grants, we seek independent finance in the form of membership contributions and donations.
Our aim as a non-profit body is to benefit society through our work. This principle determines which subjects we focus on, and motivates our efforts to share the results with as wide an audience as possible. The association is underpinned by its members, many of whom have been supporting us for years.
Oeko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology) is a registered non-profit association. The General Assembly is the Institute’s key decision-making body.
Oeko-Institut’s Executive Board represents the institute externally, bears responsibility for its strategic development, oversees personnel management and development, and directs overall operative affairs.
The extended management of the institute consists of all members of the Executive Board and one divisional manager from each of the institute’s research divisions.
From among the Institute's supporting and honorary members, the Executive Board selects an Advisory Board.