About us


The EARTH COUNCIL GENEVA (ECG) was founded as an independent organization in 2002 by Reto Braun, with the mission to increase the awareness of the environmental issues worldwide, particularly access to fresh water, for safe drinking, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Our Honorary Board Member Maurice Strong (now deceased) coined the Earth Council idea at the Rio summit. The ECG Board of Directors, accepting that the environmental problems are a top priority, launched by developing content from various institutions  like the United Nations and the world’s leading universities and governments, ECG formatted this content into interactive, blended e-learning courses offered worldwide through a simple but highly effective internet platform. ECG then evolved to work in partnership to support humanitarian projects in Ethiopia, India, Libya, Japan, among other places. Today, ECG continues to engage with strategic partners such as International Medical Corps (IMC) to address education and access to fresh water for health, sanitation and hygiene. Click here to learn more about ECG’s partnership with IMC focused on WASH projects.

Advantages of ECG’s partnerships with entities such as IMC are for donors in Switzerland to be able to give support through ECG-Geneva, thus providing certain tax advantages in Switzerland. IMC offers US-citizens the tax advantages according to the US laws and regulations.

Funds raised through ECG go towards planned and agreed upon projects. No admin costs are charged to ECG and no Board Member fees are paid.  Note: Earth Council Geneva has no connection to, or affiliation with the Earth Council Alliance.