We are an international community of business leaders, entrepreneurs, strategic thinkers, consultants and researchers with a longstanding history in engaging and working with businesses and governments around the world. Since the 1950s, IofC has been involved with the business sector in the UK as well as having decades of dialogues in Caux, Switzerland and Asia Plateau, India.
Even though the business world is changing constantly, we believe that certain principles, like ethics and contribution to a socially fair society, are timeless.
Our programme activities explore a journey of personal, organisational and societal transformation towards human and planetary wellbeing, providing a safe space for leaders for transformation and to reflect on their responsibilities and be inspired.
At this stage, we have informal partnership with Business Schools, other non-profit organisations, small business owners, consultancy companies, and self-employed business people.
‘Initiatives of Change have been pursuing an urgent conversation on the new leadership for longer than most companies have realised that they needed it. If you want to understand where leadership in the business world is going, you could ask for no better global guide’ – Margaret Heffernan; renowned business author, blogger and entrepreneur.
Everything we do has an impact beyond the bottom line. Next to profit, people and the planet are equally important for organisations. We believe that long-term financial success can only be achieved if organisations concentrate on the human aspect as well as on the responsibility for future generations.
Our programmes deliver higher levels of wellbeing and resilience within the framework of modern day leadership challenges in the context of uncertainty and constant change. We also work towards individual leaders developing better effectiveness as a leader.
We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in volunteering for research, mentoring, and coaching around specific topics. To find out more about this, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Round Tables: In the 1960s, Round Tables were initiated by friends of IofC in Europe and around the world. These continue today as the Caux Round Tables. Some of the participants were CEOs of well-known companies who reported impactful changes in their businesses based on the deep sharing, support and discussions. Currently, Initiatives of Change in Business (ICB) based at Asia Plateau runs Round Tables for business executives in different Indian cities as well as in Kenya.
Conferences: IofC holds annual Business Conferences (Ethical Leadership in Business) in Switzerland at the Caux Conference Centre and bi-annual Conferences in India at Asia Plateau. Both conferences have attracted hundreds of participants and proved to inspire new initiatives.
Trainings and Workshops: In India, multinationals like Tata and Siemens have been sending their leaders to attend training on ethical behaviour and self-reflection for decades, demonstrating both the confidence they have in IofC and the value-added derived from their engagement with IofC. Other Business Training has been held in Mexico, Kenya, UK and Switzerland.
In more recent years, the ‘Trust & Integrity in the Global Economy’ (TIGE) programme was run for 10 years until it was ceased in 2016.
TIGE held annual five-day conferences in Caux, Switzerland, 2006-2016. These conferences attracted about 150 participants from all over the world each year. It connected and supported new economic and business models and built relationships which enabled such transformation.
IofC UK has hosted many talks and book launches related to Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy in London over the past decade.
‘Every time I work with Initiatives of Change I come away strengthened in my belief that business can and must be a force for good’ - Mark Goyder, Founder Director Tomorrow’s Company and author.
The Advanced Conscious Leadership is an IofC B&E sub-programme. Whilst there has always been a need to reconsider the way in which organisations work and their relationships with the rest of society and the environment, the Covid-19 crisis has created the opportunity for a major re-think and paradigm change and may well be the event that makes it a fundamental necessity to do so.
The big question is whether the historic pattern of economic growth, with its resultant depletion of natural resources and effects on the environment, should continue or will actually work in this scenario or whether we look at a new set of principles to operate within the realms of Conscious Capitalism and IofC values.
We work with business schools, active business people and business academics, using awareness-raising online business circles. These provide a platform for businesses and not for profit organisations to discuss and visualise ways forward out of the crisis and identify the problems posed and those that will be met in the recovery phase.
A great group of people! If more of this sort of thing happened in the world, it would be a better place. Truly.
To change the mindset of current organisational thinking and patterns of behaviour. The existing paradigm is built around the idea of unlimited economic growth, which is impossible in a world that has finite resources and which is destroying the environment.
Leaders need to be less engrossed in short-term gains and consider the effects their company’s activities will have on future generations. It means creating an harmonious and balanced relationship between businesses, society and the environment and preserving natural resources. This will also involve:
The programme is designed to provide both the evidence that the changes advocated work and that the learning offerings will give leaders the ability to achieve more harmonious working environments.
The circles have been really valuable hearing experiences from all over the globe. It has made me appreciate my current state in the UK of relative peace even under these uncertain times. I learned that we all have a passion to help the world be a healthier happier place in each of our ways. Coming together with this common goal feels very empowering and true to our real purpose and calling. Sharing valuable, individual, experiences brings closeness and unity as well as a place to brainstorm solutions that helps and supports the group. - Sandra Crathern, Health & Wellbeing Coach
We’re always interested to hear from people who would like to contribute experiences and expertise, or who would like to volunteer to undertake research. If you are a specialist in a specific field and are interested in providing input and delivery on specialised topics, please email email@example.com
The Women in Leadership programme is an IofC B&E sub-programme.
At this moment in time, we are truly at a threshold in society. We have the opportunity to rebuild the economy in a more balanced way serving the people and the planet. What is more needed than ever is diversity. Diversity in thinking and behaviour. Inclusive thinking of ‘win, win, win’ – the last win being the Common Good, the planet and the future generations.
Women are essential in this transformation. But how do we bring the much-needed feminine qualities into businesses and the economy? For decades, qualities like competitiveness, control and logic were considered success factors to drive growth. However, more feminine qualities like collaboration, nurturing and empathy were not equally valued and considered essential for success.
The programme covers all opportunities to inspire, equip and connect women in business. It includes talks, workshops and round tables, all of which are held online. We have informal partnerships with Business Schools, other non-profit organisations, small business owners, consultancy companies, and self-employed business women.
This has been amazing. Such an intelligent, rich and delicious dialogue!
The Women in Leadership initiative works with women and men to break down barriers on both sides and to ensure a better understanding and collaboration of the genders. Our objective is to create an environment in which the different perspectives and qualities that women are often hesitant to show in business will be equally valued, accepted and listened to. We also want to support women to stay true to their inherent nature and contribute widely to businesses.
The increase of globalisation and digitalisation is resulting in a more and more challenging world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity is threatening the traditional power-oriented hierarchical organisations.
Our ideal impact is to bring about a balanced gender environment which allows both women and men to bring qualities to the table that are traditionally attributed to women: holistic thinking, inclusive behaviour, empathy, being in the flow, sensitivity, intuition and so on.
These are natural traits that are fostered by ‘new work’ environments and start-ups to face the current challenges and to stay competitive through innovation. It is a business advantage to break through the glass ceiling of exclusion and bring women to the table. (see McKinsey report 2020 to see the impact on financial results)
It felt like a sisterhood, somehow the facilitator managed to break all barriers in less than a second!
We are always happy to hear from people who would like to volunteer for research, mentoring, and coaching on specific topics. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org