Montreal (Canada), 2 November 2021 — World Design Organization (WDO)® announced today the launch of the WDO Foundation™, dedicated to furthering the organization’s mission of improving global quality of life through design.

Engaging with educational institutions, industry, and global non-governmental organizations, the WDO Foundation will develop partnerships in technology, research and development and sustainability to support a variety of design-led projects and programmes.

As an international organization, we are committed to leveraging our position to support the profession of design and its role in building a more equitable and sustainable world,” stated WDO President, Srini Srinivasan, who will also serve as the Foundation’s first Chair. “The establishment of this foundation represents an important next step for WDO in expanding the scope and impact of our global activities.”

Alongside its partners, the WDO Foundation will work to:

  • support the development of design students and professionals by funding quality educational programmes, grants and scholarships that emphasize and facilitate interaction, collaboration and partnership across international communities;
  • raise awareness and demonstrate the benefits and tangible outcomes of design-led programmes to solve local and global, social and environmental issues;
  • provide stakeholders from the civil society, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations with support from the design community;
  • support and fund educational endeavors and community projects to explore design innovation as a means to improve the well-being of communities.

For more information on the WDO Foundation and how to become involved, please visit:

About World Design Organization
World Design Organization (WDO)® is an international, non-governmental organization and the international voice for industrial design. It advocates on behalf of a mission to ‘Design for a Better World’, promoting and sharing knowledge of industrial design-driven innovation that enhances the economic, social, cultural, and environmental quality of life. Today, WDO services over 180 member organizations, representing thousands of industrial designers around the world.

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