By establishing an innovation circle and focusing on sustainability, LIfBi follows the recommendations of the Leibniz Association for its member institutions. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) serve as the political frame of reference, which is to be implemented through research on and about sustainability as well as through sustainable research and operating processes. To this end, the Leibniz Association has developed a “Sustainability Mission Statement“ and a handbook providing the framework for a “Culture of Sustainability”. This must be established in the various fields of action and continually developed further. The mission statement is also intended to encourage employees of Leibniz institutions to reflect on their actions and contribute to the sustainable development of society as a whole.