Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation that identifies alternatives for action to achieve its goals and strives for a society that is characterised by openness, solidarity and equal opportunities. It stands for the combination of scientific expertise and practical project experience, contributes to the formation of public opinion and communicates its goals transparently. It pursues its goals by developing its own projects, promoting project partners and cooperating with institutions in Germany and abroad. As a leading foundation in Germany based in the Ruhr area, Stiftung Mercator is active on a regional, national and international level. Since 2012, Stiftung Mercator has been supporting and promoting the CSP programme.