We need long-term thinking. In the old days, that was the natural thing to do. Every forester planted trees with a vision of 100 or 200 years beyond his own lifespan. Cathedrals were built over generations. Civilizations have arisen based on the virtue of respecting the long term. Today we live in an age of quarterly reports of the companies that dominate the market.
Ernst Ulrich von WeizsaeckerCo-President of the Club of Rome
The most important innovation is a changed mindset. Future success will be determined by a mindset that does not assume that the future is a continuation of the past.
Mamphela RampheleApartheid activist, former Vice-Chancellor at University of Cape Town, former Managing Director of the World Bank
Knowledge is more valuable than oil. Anybody selling knowledge is richer than anybody selling oil. Apple, Google and Facebook are more valuable companies than Exxon, the wealthiest oil company in the world. The second major observation is that nature provides the largest knowledge deposit in the planet. That’s why presidents should search for biodiversity in their countries rather than for oil.
Dr. Idriss Aberkane Researcher, entrepreneur, author of “Free up your mind!”
While many so-called “World” Summits generating debates and controversies most often conclude on a note of self-satisfaction, the effervescence of the Zermatt Summit inspires change.
Father Nicolas ButtetMember of the Zermatt Summit Board, Founder Eucharistein and Philanthropos Institute
Nature has an incredibly efficient business model. There’s no waste in nature, no pollution, and no unemployment. Nature is never concerned about its “core business” or about “economies of scale”. Nature respects limits.
Prof. Dr. Gunter PauliAuthor of “The Third Dimension” and “The Blue Economy”, founder of ZERI
The Zermatt Summit was a spark to create the Blue- print for better business initiative in the UK.
Charles WOOKEYBlueprint for Better Business, United Kingdom
The Zermatt Summit is a world recognized platform that is helping
to make our planet more sustainable, economically, socially and environmentally by developing a practical consensus among a wide range of
influential decision makers.
Mohan MUNASINGENobel Peace Prize co winner, Siri Lanka
The Zermatt Summit provides a great opportunity to re-engage and re-inspire for the challenges ahead.
Rob CAMERONSustainAbility, United Kingdom
Sharing values, what we think about ethics in growing a business, respect for others, listening how companies do this are important reasons to come to the Zermatt Summit.
Carlo D’Asaro Biondo President Google Europe, Middle East & Africa, Italy
How to explore ethics to affect our personal commitment but also bringing ethics in government
Hernando de SotoPresident Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru
I think there are very concerned people here (at the Zermatt Summit), thinking people and with this assembly we can make a step forwards.
Francisco Van der Hoff-BoersmaFounder Max Havelaar, The Netherlands
We definitely need to move away from the CSR world and simply say this is the way business needs to be done if we want to sustain our planet and our society
Jochen ZeitzDirector of Kering & Co-founder The B Team, Germany
A servant leader is servant first, and only after he starts to lead.
Naftali BrawerCEO of Spiritual Capital Foundation United Kingdom
This family (Zermatt Summit) is where I belong and what I believe in.
Dr Hisham el SherifChairman IT Investments Group, Egypt
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