Program 2013

DAY 1 – THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2013

08:00 - 09:00Registration Opening_
09:00 - 09:10Welcome and opening remarks

Christopher Wasserman, Founder & Chairman, The Zermatt Summit

With: Christopher Wasserman

09:10 - 10:30Opening plenary
Business and civil society: rethinking the terms of the relationship

After a period of mutual suspicion and controversies, relationship patterns between business and the third sector have evolved towards the recognition that collaborative strategies can be mutually beneficial and are powerful tools to address sustainability issues. However, misperceptions and unmet expectations still mar the business-NGO relationship.

  • What issues need to be addressed to achieve smoother, more successful civil society-corporate engagements?
  • What should be the rules of engagement between business and civil society?
  • How can partnerships involving various stakeholders remain accountable, transparent, and focused on specific, measurable issues?

Serena Brown, Global Development Initiative Senior Manager, KPMG
Rodrigo Jordan, President, Foundation for the Alleviation of Poverty in Chile
Nicolas Michel, Professor of International Law, University of Geneva, and Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Dhananjaya Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Marlyn Tadros, Founding President and Executive Director, Virtual Activism, Professor of Computer Science at the New England Institute of Art


Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja

With: Claude Smadja, Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Marlyn Tadros, Nicolas Michel, Rodrigo Jordan, Serena Brown

10:30 - 11:00Networking break_
11:00 - 12:30Debate
Social entrepreneurship and the business of positive of social change.

Globalization and technological advances have unlocked individuals’ potential to tackle societal needs effectively. Challenging the traditional notion of profitability, a new generation of mission-driven entrepreneurs is using business skills and expertise to address social and ecological issues.

  • What innovative business models are these new agents of change developing?
  • Are there limitations to social entrepreneurship’s impact potential?
  • In what ways can social entrepreneurship be a force for change at the economic and social levels?

Gustavo Montero, Founding Partner, GAM Consulting Group
Arnaud Mourot, CEO, Europe, Ashoka
Soushiant Zanganehpour, Head of Strategy & Operations, Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford University


Yaël Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja USA

With: Arnaud Mourot, Gustavo A. Montero, Soushiant Zanganehpour, Yael Smadja

11:00 - 12:30Panel discussion
Business and civil society: championing social innovation

Over the recent years, governmental agencies have been opening up public services to new types of providers. In some instances, service provision has been partially or fully delegated. In others, governments have supported partnerships with private capital, social entrepreneurs and the public to foster more efficient and economical approaches to pressing social needs.

  • What can business-NGO partnerships do better than governments? How can they add value to government-provided services?
  • How can we create “Silicon Valleys of social innovation ”?
  • Are there specific areas where business-NGO intervention achieves best results?

Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, Vice President, Sustainability Partnerships, Firmenich and Chair, Global Compact Network Switzerland
Carlos Braga, Professor of International Political Economy, Director, the Evian Group
Michael Fuerst, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Novartis


Delia Meth-Cohn, Director, Global Rethink

With: Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, Carlos Braga, Delia Meth-Cohn, Michael Fuerst

12:45 - 14:15Working lunch
Win-win co-creations between the social and business sectors

What would the world look like if the barriers between the business, social and public spheres were torn down? How can economic performance, social impact and innovation be conciliated to create opportunities for scalable social and business co-creations? Discover concrete examples of hybrid collaborations and contribute to the definition of innovative collaborative societal solutions.


Arnaud Mourot, CEO, Ashoka, Europe
Stéphanie Schmidt, Director, Economic Citizenship For All, Ashoka, Europe
Anka Wittemberg, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP

With: Anka Wittenberg, Arnaud Mourot, Stéphanie Schmidt

14:30 - 16:00Plenary session
It is more than "just " business: How business leaders can contribute to moving a country up

We are witnessing the limits of what governments can do to foster economic and social development.

  • How can the corporate world – without neglecting its responsibilities towards shareholders – contribute to greater social cohesion and inclusive growth?
  • How should the shareholder- stakeholder relationships be balanced?
  • What should business do better and/or differently when dealing with the community at large?

Mark Drewell, Chief Executive, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
Antonin Pujos, Past-Chairman and Founder of the Research Club of the French Institute of Directors (IFA)
Mallika Sarabhai, dancer and social activist
Charlotte Wolff, General Manager, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Arcelor Mittal


Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja

With: Antonin Pujos, Charlotte Wolff, Claude Smadja, Mallika Sarabhai, Mark Drewell

16:00 - 16:30Networking break_
16:30 - 18:00Panel discussion
How can civil society and the private sector be partners in addressing the environment challenge ?

For most global businesses, the greenwashing of the early years is long gone. Well-articulated environmental goals are increasingly becoming part of corporate strategies. Yet, the overall impact of business activity on the planet keeps intensifying. Emerging economies need to find ways to curb environmental damage without constraining economic growth. More developed countries are also struggling with elaborating and implementing policies that will reconcile environmental sustainability and profitability. Advocacy groups have been pressuring corporations and governments to move faster and more decisively on these issues.

  • What are the areas of potential conflict between the private sector and NGOs on this topic, and how can they be successfully addressed?
  • How can we foster genuine synergies between NGO and corporate initiatives?

Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole Carbon Asset Management
Stuart Orr, Head of WWF's Water Stewardship
Sebastian Winkler, Director, Europe, Global Footprint Network


Dougal Thomson, The Economist

With: Dougal Thomson, Renat Heuberger, Sebastian Winkler, Stuart Orr

18:00 - 18:15Connecting the dots…

A look back on the day’s discussions to highlight its key outcomes

Rodrigo Jordan, President, Foundation for the Alleviation of Poverty in Chile.

With: Rodrigo Jordan

18:15 - 19:15Cocktail reception_
19:15 - 19:45Concert: Piano & Orchestra

Soloist: Elizabeth Sombart
Accompanied by the Orchestre Solidaire Résonnance
Conducted by Diego Miguel-Urzanqui

  • Suite pour cordes du Temps de Holberg op. 40 (sélection)
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre nº 1 en mi mineur op.11
    Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre en ré majeur BWV 1054
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

With: Diego Miguel-Urzanqui, Elizabeth Sombart

19:45 - 21:45Official dinner
What the business/civil society partnership can do NOW for a sustainable future

Mohan Munasinghe, Shared the Nobel Peace Prize, Physicist and Economist, Sri Lanka

With: Mohan Munasinghe


DAY 2 – FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2013

09:00 - 10:30Plenary session
Creating the virtuous circle: ethics + transparency = trust

Ethical lapses from MNCs and compensation issues have tarnished corporate image in most parts of the world. Negative perceptions also affect NGOs and civil society organizations since they are reproached with a lack of transparency in their use of resources and/or governance models. Legitimacy is also sometimes called into question.

  • In which areas would greater transparency help foster public trust in corporations as well as in NGOs?
  • To what extent do corporations and NGOs need to respect similar ethical principles?
  • What are the indicators and reporting tools that will create accountability and enhance public trust?

Alexander Fink, CEO, Edelman Switzerland
Fredrik Galtung, Chief Executive, Integrity Action
Guido Palazzo, Director of the Department of Strategy, Professor Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Lausanne
Christopher Wasserman, President, TeroLab Surface Group, Chairman, The Zermatt Summit


Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja

With: Alexander Fink, Christopher Wasserman, Claude Smadja, Fredrik Galtung, Guido Palazzo

10:30 - 11:00Networking Break_
11:00 - 12:30Panel discussion
How can civil society and the private sector be partners in addressing the health challenge?

In the Western world, the health-related costs incurred by the Welfare State are becoming increasingly untenable. In less developed economies, broadening access to health care, fighting infectious diseases and malnutrition are crucial priorities. Civil society organizations and the private sector have created successful patterns of collaboration, especially in emerging countries.

  • What are the lessons to be drawn from successful examples of collaboration?
  • How can they be expanded?

Jean-Louis Homé, Former Chairman, Fairtrade International, President, MDIN
Vinay Nagaraju, COO, Riders for Health
Arie de Groot, Managing Partner in Couloir Partners Jouxtens-Mézery Switzerland


Delia Meth-Cohn, Director, Global Rethink

With: Arie de Groot, Delia Meth-Cohn, Jean-Louis Homé, Vinay Nagaraju

12:45 - 14:45Plenary luncheon featuring a keynote speaker
The inestimable value of “soft” values

Robin Cornelius, Founder and President, Switcher

With: Robin Cornelius

15:00 - 16:45Plenary session
Corporate Social Responsibility as an integrated part of corporate strategy even in tough economic times

Companies that succeed in incorporating their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals into their overall corporate strategy reap reputational, human capital and operational benefits. CSR is no longer a PR gimmick or a notion to be paid lip service to: it is becoming part of risk mitigation and opportunity-seeking strategies.

  • How can corporations ensure that CSR genuinely becomes part of their organizations’ culture and day-to-day operations?
  • How can triple bottom line reporting be used as a progress-tracking tool for corporate performance?
  • Can we prevent that CSR obligations should become lesser priorities in difficult times?

Bettina Ferdman Guerrier, Founder & CEO, Phillias Foundation
Christian Leitz, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility Management, UBS
Jan Noterdaeme, Senior Advisor, CSR Europe
Karl Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President, Chopard


Delia Meth-Cohn, Director, Global Rethink

With: Bettina Ferdman Guerrier, Christian Leitz, Delia Meth-Cohn, Jan Noterdaeme, Karl Friedrich Scheufele

17:00 - 18:30Closing plenary
Government/Business/Civil Society: Getting together to achieve sustainability

There is a growing consensus that a number of issues are today too complex to be addressed successfully only by government or by the business world and without the involvement, or at least acquiescence of the civil society. Recent, global examples show that sustainable and inclusive growth can best be achieved through genuine collaboration and a convergence of objectives between government, business and civil society.

  • What are the requirements to create goal-oriented partnerships that contribute to economic progress and greater social cohesion?
  • How do we ensure that economic, social and environmental sustainability become part of an integrated approach to inclusive prosperity?
  • What rules of engagement will ensure long-term win-win partnerships?

Father Nicolas Buttet, Founder, Philanthropos European Institute
Rob Cameron, Executive Director, SustainAbility
Mark Foster, Chairman, International Business Leaders Forum
Marcello Palazzi, Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow, Director, B Corporation, Europe


Dougal Thomson, The Economist

With: Dougal Thomson, Father Nicolas Buttet, Marcello Palazzi, Mark Foster, Rob Cameron

18:30 - 18:45What do we take home? Key highlights and conclusions from the Summit

Christopher Wasserman, Chairman, The Zermatt Summit

With: Christopher Wasserman

19:00 - 21:30Closing dinner

A social evening to relax and develop new relationships created during the Summit



08:00 - 12:00The Matterhorn Leadership Excursion

Organized by Chilean mountaineering and leadership expert, Rodrigo Jordan.

Materials : this easy 4 hour hike requires appropriate walking shoes, a wind cheater, umbrella and a daypack (not a backpack).

Online registration required. First-come first-served rule!

With: Rodrigo Jordan