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Zermatt Summit Brochure June 2013 "Business & NGO's - Building a Partnership of Winners"


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Zermatt, 20-21 June 2013
A 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:

- The trends and factors shaping the evolution of civil society, its perceptions, expectations and modes of action
- Some key areas where the dialogue/collaboration between business and civil society can be made more effective and new potential areas for Public Private Partnerships
- The practice of Corporate Social Responsibility
- The ethics, rules and modes of engagement between business and civil society

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Zermatt Summit Brochure June 2013 "Business & NGO's - Building a Partnership of Winners"

  1. 1. 4th Zermatt Summit - June 20 to 21, 2013 Business & NGOsBuilding Partnerships of Winners
  2. 2. Platform of choice for dialogue between Business and Civil Society 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 in- creasing 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 trans- national 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 inter- ested parties, various perspectives and approaches in a context conducive The Convener to creating action-oriented outcomes. Christopher Wasserman is President and Co-Founder of Ecophilos , the Swiss registered Christopher Wasserman Foundation whose credo Founder, President of the Board and CEO – Zermatt Summit is that the respect of the human person is not incompatible with success in business enterp rise is also Founder and Presid s. Mr. Wasserman ent of the TeroLab Surface Group, based in Lausanne (Switzerland), one of the leading Europe an the field of surface engine companies in ering by thermal spraying. Christopher Wa sserman has a MBA from New York Universit y in the United States. He has been senior execut iveof the Eutectic Castolin Gro and shareholder up. ChristopherWasserman is the found er ofFoundation of the Zerma the Zermatt tt Summit.
  3. 3. Focused interaction and On the agenda of the Genuine take home valuea time-efficient meeting Zermatt Summit for participantsGoing beyond the usual business con- Among the topics on the agenda of As an annual event, the Zermatt Summitferences, the Zermatt Summit provides the Zermatt Summit 2013: sets as its objective to help participants:a holistic approach to the topics dis-cussed, putting the emphasis on well PPPs as the collaborative mode of Establish genuine dialogue leading tostructured brainstorming sessions, the 21st Century action between civil society and businessgenuine interaction and avoiding for- Developing the civil society ecosystem: Acquire relevant insights on the way NGOsmal speeches, thus ensuring signifi- The role of social media and business look at their respective prioritiescant “take home value” for the partici-pants. The agenda of the Zermatt Government/Business/Civil Society: Develop a dialogue, a sharing of perspectives,Summit is set around four orientations: Getting on together to achieve between civil society and business on the sustainability forthcoming changes that globalization keeps on bringing in the social, economic,The trends and factors shaping the Addressing the trust issue: cultural, lifestyle and political domains andevolution of civil society, its perceptions, How can the private sector and civil how to cope with these changes – andexpectations and modes of action society create the necessary transpar- even leverage them to overall benefitSome key areas where the dialogue ency and accountability on both sidesand collaboration between business Engage in networking and building new Corporate Social Responsibility as an relationships with a range of business, civiland civil society can be made more integrated part of corporate strategyeffective and new potential areas for society and thought leaders even in tough economic timesPublic Private Partnerships Become part of a peer group of people It is more than “just” business: interested – and involved – in creating aThe practice of Corporate Social How business leaders can contributeResponsibility more inclusive globalization to moving a country upThe ethics, rules and modes of How civil society and the private sector An Executive Summary highlighting the keyengagement between business and can be partners in addressing the envi- outcomes of the discussions is provided tocivil society ronment challenge the participants after the event, allowing How can civil society and the private them to optimise their take home value. sector be partners in addressing the employability challenge How can civil society and the private sector be partners in addressing the health challenge The private sector and civil society: The Must for a win-win approach Business Ethics and social responsibility Social entrepreneurship and the business of positive social change: A Debate
  4. 4. Interaction betweenspeakers and participantsYou will interact with business leaders, se-nior executives from different parts of theworld, leaders and personalities from NGOand civil society groups, public personali-ties, media leaders and thought leaders.Among our speakers Our Internationalof the past three years Advisory Board Alain Berset Ben ANDRADI Federal Counselor of Switzerland Syntel Inc. Carlo D’Asaro Biondo Prof. Henri-Claude DE BETTIGNIES President Europe, Middle East & Africa Google INSEAD and CEIBS Hernando DE SOTO Hernando DE SOTO Economist, President Institute for Liberty & Democracy Prof. Paul Dembinski Dr Shirin EBADI Observatoire de la Finance Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr Patrick DIXON Jean Luc FAVRE Author, Business Consultant, “Futurist” ABB Dr Shirin EBADI Dr Rodrigo JORDAN Iranian lawyer and teacher, Nobel Peace Price Winner Fondation de supéraccion de la pobreza Prof. Manfred MAX-NEEF Armaud MOUROT Economist, Father of “Barefoot Economics” Ashoka Frace, Belgium and Switzerland Arnaud MOUROT Gonzalo MUNOZ Director Ashoka Vice-Presicent Aconcagua/Tricolos Chandran NAIR Chandran NAIR CEO of GIFT & Author Global Institute for Tomorrow Prof. Nouriel Roubini Julien PITTON Economics & International Business, New York University Organisation International de Normalisation ISO Dr Francisco van der Hoff Dr Mallika V. SARABHAI Co-founder Max Havalaar Darpana Jimmy WALLES Andreas WIDMER Co-founder and Honorary President Wikipedia Seven Fund
  5. 5. ZermattSummitZermattsummitZermatt-summit-foundationTheZermattsummitZermatt Summit FoundationHEAD OFFICEZermatt SummitWorld Trade CenterAv. Gratta-Paille 2CH-1033 Lausanne • SwitzerlandTel. +41 (0)21 644 20 54contact@zermattsummit.orgFor enquiries on sponsorshippartners@zermattsummit.orgFor enquiries on presspress@zermattsummit.orgFees«Early bird» registration beforeFriday April 19th, 2013: CHF 990.–Registration from Saturday,20th April 2013: CHF 1500.–Online registration requiredwww.zermattsummit.orgJoin us! We look forward toyour participation.Our Partners ALUMNI CLUB LAUSANNE