oikos is founded by students at the University of St. Gallen
The university of St. Gallen has a long history of environmental awareness and activism. Already in 1972, the Student Committee for Environmental Economics was established. From there, oikos as a local student initiative had been founded and started growing out of the passion of a few motivated individuals in 1987. In the next years, the engagement led to the foundation of Swiss Association for Environmentally Conscious Management (ÖBU) at the first oikos conference in 1989 and the launch of the oikos Foundation for Economy and Ecology in 1990. The oikos Foundation financed multiple projects on ecologically-oriented economics and became the key enabler of oikos international initiatives and programs, like oikos Young Scholars Academies, oikos Case Writing Competition, oikos PhD Fellowship, in the following 30 years until its termination in 2019.