World Economic Forum (WEF)

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The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages foremost political, business, cultural 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.

World Economic Forum 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. Through collaboration between stakeholders with varied perspectives, their projects deliver concrete and sustainable results. Through its centres, the World Economic Forum integrates public-private efforts to achieve greater impact. The Centre for Cybersecurity, for example, provides an independent and impartial platform to reinforce the importance of cybersecurity as a strategic priority and drive global public-private action to address systemic cybersecurity challenges.

To work on their mission and in their role in setting priorities and connecting decision-makers, the Forum has built world-class research capabilities, producing cutting-edge data on some of the world’s most significant issues, including in competitiveness, gender parity, and global information technology.