World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation whose mission is to improve the state of the world. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

The Forums activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.


Forum in the News – June 19

Asia’s tech sector has a ‘missing women’ problem. Here’s what the industry can do to help them – South China Morning Post According to the World Economic Forum, women comprised only 25 per cent of people working in computing in 2015. In Asia it was just 5 per cent. Collaboration […]


Forum in the News – June 18

Digital reformation: A struggle far from finished – The Jakarta Post Companies in Indonesia are joining the race to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the country is a major regional market. The analysis quotes President Joko Widodo at the World Economic Forum: “When we see challenges, I see […]


Forum in the News – June 15

Indonesia sneaks up on Singapore with flurry of port projects – Nikkei Asian Review President Widodo envisions a new global shipping hub on China’s Belt and Road. Indonesia’s port quality ranks below neighbors Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, acording to the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. A drive to clean air – […]


Forum in the News – June 12

SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean are getting rid of plastic straws and bags – Washington Post Plastic abounds on the high seas because about a third of what humans produce escapes collection, about “five bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world,” according to the Forum’s […]


Forum in the News – June 8

UAE joins WEF forum for fourth industrial revolution – Gulf News The UAE will partner with the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to close the gap between emerging technologies and policy development. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Be Prepared – SAFRICA24 R&D will be critical in determining which companies […]


Forum in the News – June 7

UAE on path to improving environmental health, UN report finds – The National The UAE’s environmental health is improving fast with water management better than that of Norway and South Korea, according to the Environmental Performance Index — a measure produced by Harvard and Yale universities and the Forum. Hell […]


Forum in the News – June 7

Paper straws are so hot right now, there’s been a run on supplies – Bloomberg The search for eco-friendly drinking straws is forcing bars and restaurants to consider alternatives to paper including cornstarch, glass, bamboo and even hay. The piece references the Forum’s 2016 New Plastics Economy report that predicted […]


Forum in the News – June 6

Action against plastic pollution needed now: ILO head – Xinhua “More than 32 percent of plastic packaging escapes collection systems. Most of it ends up in landfills, dumps or simply in the environment, in cities, in the oceans or farmlands,” said Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labor Organization citing […]


Building the Future of Construction

Yann Zopf, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 (0)22 869 3618, Email: yann.zopf@weforum.org · A new report from the World Economic Forum considers new digital technologies and megatrends and recommends preparatory actions · It concludes that companies in the engineering and construction industry must act now to avoid future disruption · The […]


Forum in the News – June 4

China Opens European Charm Offensive as Trump Stokes Trade Dispute – Bloomberg To close digital divide, internet needs different financing models – Xinhua All opinions expressed are those of the author. The World Economic Forum Blog is an independent and neutral platform dedicated to generating debate around the key topics […]


Forum in the News — June 1

A luxury we don’t have: Time to join together in fight against cybercrime — The Daily Swig An interview with Troels Oerting, the Forum’s Head of the Centre for Global Cyber Security, giving background and context to the launch of the new Centre. Forum staffer, winner of book prize, strikes […]


Forum in the News — May 31

‘It can’t just be the rich and educated who benefit from new tech’ — Irish Independent In an interview prior to a keynote presentation at Futurescope 2018, The Forum’s Martina Larkin does not mince her words about Ireland’s economic competitiveness: “The country does well across a number of pillars including […]


Forum in the News – May 29

In China’s booming tech scene, women battle sexism — CNBC Women working in technology in China have to put up with all sorts of discriminatory behaviour. But the country’s gender gap is not confined to tech. The country’s gender parity ranking fell in 2017 for the ninth straight year, leaving […]