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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

Plans in Zermatt to discuss how CSR ethics and sustainability rather than profit can drive business practices

The Zermatt Summit has been held for the past 3 years on topics such as "The Common Good" and "Servant Leadership" and has hosted speakers such as Hernando de Soto and Manfred Max-Neef.

This year the agenda of the 2013 edition of the Zermatt Summit (June 20&21) is set around four orientations on the theme: Business & NGOs: Building partnerships of winners

  • 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

On the agenda of the Zermatt Summit:

  • PPPs as the collaborative mode of the 21st Century
  • Developing the civil society ecosystem: The role of social media
  • Government/Business/Civil Society: Getting on together to achieve sustainability
  • Addressing the trust issue: How can the private sector and civil society create the necessary transparency and accountability on both sides
  • Corporate Social Responsibility as an integrated part of corporate strategy even in tough economic times
  • It is more than “just” business: How business leaders can contribute to moving a country up
  • How civil society and the private sector can be partners in addressing the environment challenge
  • How can civil society and the private 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

Genuine take home value for participants.

As an annual event, The Zermatt Summit sets as its objective to help participants:

 - Establish  genuine dialogue leading to action between civil society and business
 - Acquire relevant insights on the way NGOs and business look at their respective priorities
 - Develop a dialogue, a sharing of perspectives, between civil society and business on the forthcoming changes that globalization keeps on bringing in the social, economic, cultural, lifestyle and political domains and how to cope with these changes – and even leverage them to overall benefit
 - Engage in networking and building new relationships with a range of business, civil society and thought leaders
 - Become part of a peer group of people interested - and involved - in creating a more inclusive globalization    

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.

The discussion leaders and participants you will interact with:

  • Business leaders, senior executives from different parts of the world
  • Leaders and personalities from NGOs and civil society groups
  • Public personalities
  • Media leaders and thought leaders

If you are interested, Early bird registration closes on the 19th April 2013.


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