About The Project

Where does the SLT come from?

The Rio+20 Conference in 2012, confirmed sustainable development as the international framework for action and cooperation and highlighted the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the awareness of sustainability for graduates. Actors of Higher Education Institutions and related organizations acknowledged their responsibility in the international pursuit of sustainable development. They agreed to teach sustainable development concepts, encourage research on sustainable development issues, green their campuses, support sustainability efforts in the communities in which they reside, and engage with and share results through international frameworks.

But there was no tool to ensure that universities were producing sustainability literate graduates before the Sustainability Literacy Test. The Sustainability Literacy Test is a concrete action for the Higher Education Sustainable Initiative, led by an NGO, hosted and supported by KEDGE Business School and governed by a General assembly composed of international organizations for the Senior Advisory Board.

5 months after the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Nagoya, the Sustainability Literacy Test continues its worldwide development. 312 universities in 18 countries are now registered and 27,500 tests have been taken. The goal is to double the number of countries by next year.

Why do it?

SLT assesses the minimum level of knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility of higher education students. It can be applied all over the world, in any kind of Higher Education Institutions (HEI), and on all levels (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs, PhD). All of the questions from this assessment tool are designed to ensure that future graduates have basic knowledge in sustainable development, covering both individual and organizational responsibility.

The “Sustainability Literacy Test” was launched to measure students’ knowledge on the key issues of sustainable development – first at the moment of their enrolment and again before their graduation – and use the results to drive changes in the teaching methodology and the curriculum. The goal of this innovative tool is also to raise sustainability awareness and knowledge among academic staff and faculty.

The next version of SLT (version 2)

After gaining momentum in 2014, the organization started working towards a new version of the test in January 2015 and aims to have it ready by September this year. This is a collaborative work of voluntary contributors, including UN agencies, academics, practitioners, corporate and civil society organisations. The GRLI is one of the contributors in the work towards SLT version 2.


Nairobi, Kenya – May 25th, 2016

Elyx helps launch the world’s first Sustainability Literacy test at the UN Environment Assembly

The world’s first online test of sustainability literacy, Sulitest.org, was launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 25. Sulitest.org aims to create and nurture an awareness of both global and local sustainability challenges.

The test was launched by Dr Oyun Sanjaasuren, environment minister of Mongolia and first elected president of UNEA, and it carries the endorsement of both UNEA and the United Nations (UN).

As an awareness building program, Sulitest.org invites visitors to the website to participate in an online test of their knowledge of the sustainability issues facing the world and their country. By participating in a unique combination of online learning, testing and access to a vast sustainability library, visitors leave with a greater understanding of their role in building a sustainable future.

Sulitest.org’s innovative method of testing participants’ is closely aligned to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For this reason, the website features the endearing animated character Elyx throughout its pages.

Elyx was created by the artist Yacine Ait Kaci, or Yak, and it was recently made the UN’s digital ambassador. At Sultest.org, Elyx introduces visitors to the interesting challenge of testing your sustainability awareness and finding out more about the social, economic and environmental challenges facing humanity.

“Sulitest.org is the product of several years of online testing and development on our beta-site, sustainability-test.org. In its development phase, more than 44 000 students from 430 universities across 48 countries tested their knowledge of the challenges facing our world and then learned more from the large online library on the subject,” says Jean-Christophe Carteron, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at KEDGE Business School and project lead for Sulitest.org.

Using the information gleaned from the pilot site, Sulitest.org was developed to create awareness of global sustainability issues, and includes country-specific modules for a growing list of countries that currently sits at 20. It further caters for additional, organization-specific modules and will soon expand to include testing and training modules specific to industries and professions.

The idea for Sulitest.org was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (the Rio +20 conference) following the observation that many political and economic leaders may not have the basic knowledge needed to make sustainable decisions.

“Education plays a vital role in transforming our societies towards a sustainable future. By raising awareness, Sulitest is a powerful tools to help anyone to become deeply committed to building a sustainable future. I hope to see it spreading in more and more countries.” conclude H.E. Oyun Sanjaasürengiin.

In its development phase, Sulitest.org was guided by over 300 contributors and the insights and assistance of its panel of senior and regional advisors. These include the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Association of Universities.

The launch of Sulitest.org kicks off an aggressive development program, which will include a major campaign to canvass more global and national questions on sustainability, the introduction of an individual certification program and new features for specific industries and professions.