The Zermatt Summit was created in 2010 as a platform to promote a constructive, action-oriented dialogue between civil society and business. It is our conviction that it is through this kind of dialogue and through a better interaction between civil society, business and governments that we will be able to achieve a more inclusive globalization.
We have all experienced in the last 10 or 15 years how the drastic changes created by globalization in the economic, social, political fabrics of our societies are generating new divides and dislocations. These, in turn, are creating new challenges when it comes to a widening wealth distribution gap, tackling the climate change and sustainability issues, ensuring long-term employability in view of ever faster technological changes and increasing volatility in the global economy, ensuring consumer protection against often opaque products supply chains and creating the new legal and regulatory frameworks that new economic and societal realities require.
Civil society groups have been increasingly active and vocal in all these domains, spurred by widespread public concerns about the impact of the workings of global financial markets and of the activities and power of transnational corporations on the lives of individual people. In the same way, businesses have also stepped in, promoting their own approach and their perspective on the same issues, which are of course of crucial relevance to their ability to compete and sustain their activities in a global economic context.
Civil society and business have thus engaged in debate, competing advocacy and – quite often – in controversy – each trying to get the attention and support not only of the public but also of governments and international organizations to their views. While there are today very laudable examples of efficient collaboration between business and NGOs on various issues and in different countries, there is obviously a need for a broader, more strategically oriented, quieter and hopefully even more productive dialogue.
This is the role that the Zermatt Summit aims to fulfill, as a non-partisan independent platform able to bring together the different players and interested parties, various perspectives and approaches in a context conducive to creating action-oriented outcomes.
Focused interaction and a time-efficient meeting
Going beyond the usual business conferences, the Zermatt Summit provides a holistic approach to the topics discussed, putting the emphasis on well structured brainstorming sessions, genuine interaction and avoiding formal speeches, thus ensuring significant “take home value” for the participants.
The agenda of the Zermatt Summit is set around four orientations:
Among the topics on the agenda of the Zermatt Summit 2013
As an annual event, The Zermatt Summit sets as its objective to help participants:
An Executive Summary highlighting the key outcomes of the discussions is provided to the participants after the event, allowing them to crystallize their take home value.