Innovation for Human Progress

25-26 June 2020


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

                    Nelson Mandela


Business opportunities and sustainable success in the 21st century depend on an educated and values-driven workforce. All around the world there is a growing talent shortage, linked to digital transformation and demographic changes. At the same time, there is an urgent need to find innovative ways of ensuring access to basic education in poorer countries.

Education is a human right. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ensure that everybody has access to high quality education and to lifelong learning opportunities.

If we are to achieve these goals, and to reduce the skills gap in the digital age, business people and entrepreneurs will need to be innovative. New developments in Education Technology (EdTech) offer personalized learning and training opportunities, such as online courses driven by artificial intelligence and the use of virtual and augmented reality. These innovations can accelerate progress in education on a global level.

To get the best out of such technology, users also need to be trained in basic competencies of data security and privacy. However, true digital literacy in the 21st century will require life-skills based on values and ethical considerations.

The Ethical Leadership in Business event at the 2020 Caux Forum will bring together business people, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and representatives from the public sector to explore innovations in the field of education and life-long learning. It will offer both structured activities, such as panels and workshops, and time and space for ‘recharging’.   

Join us in Caux Switzerland from 25 to 26 June 2020!


What ELB 2020 offers

  • Story-sharing sessions on closing the skills-gap in the digital age will inspire you
  • Expert-led workshops will equip you with hands-on solutions
  • Connect to people from around the world, build new business relations and friendships


Key topics

  • Business leadership in building learning cultures
  • Youth-driven innovation in educational technology (EdTech)
  • Overcoming gender and age barriers in education and learning
  • Investment in education and life-long learning innovations
  • The role of EdTech in refugee camps and conflict zones
  • Values-based leadership and life-skills in the 21st century
  • The role of values and ethical leadership in digital literacy




Meet experts, speakers and influencers face to face: yes, face-to-face conversations are still the best way to get the latest information and to learn from other people’s personal and professional experiences.

Network at all hours: the event is designed to facilitate the constant exchange of ideas. This not only brings fresh insights but also helps you build new business relations and deepen existing friendships.

New tools: you will not only get a hands-on demonstration of how new technologies enhance human progress but also be inspired by personal story telling and small group discussions.

Challenge yourself: get out of your comfort zone and return home with fresh ideas for your personal and professional life. Expose yourself to new business methods, ideas and insights from people with different cultural and professional backgrounds.

Invest in your growth: your stay in Caux is time well spent! You will go home inspired by stories, equipped with new tools and connected to a variety of people. This experience will spark your creativity.

Visibility: this event is all about sharing best practices of values-based business methods. You will have the opportunity to present your business’s ‘innovation for human progress’.

Enjoy: you will stay in the amazing Caux Palace with a breath-taking view of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps. Your time away from your daily routine will make you feel relaxed, serene and creative.

The SDGs reflect the interconnectedness and interdependence of our global society’s challenges and opportunities.

To paint a complete picture of how new technologies can enhance human progress, the Ethical Leadership in Business Event 2020 will harness the power of people from around the world working in various industries, the public sector, academia, start-ups, entrepreneurship and international organizations.

Caux is such a humbling place, providing you with a safe space to experiment with different topics and flourish in bold thinking, all while staying true to yourself.

Michelle Rickenbach, IT Project Management & Ecosystem Relations at Panter AG

The Caux Forum – ethics in business – provides a very open and calm environment for conversations to take place where we take the time to listen. This means we can tackle tricky topics differently from how they are treated in the press which is always the same. Here we can share ideas with a new approach to ethics and technology.

Father Eric Salobir, President OPTIC Technology

I have loved every second of this conference. Never expected to meet so many interesting and warm people. I go home with many new ideas, thoughts and friendships.

Bram Jonker, Senior Innovation Manager, Deloitte (Netherlands)

I’m leaving the conference enriched and content, and with considerable take-aways for my professional life.

Antonio Hautle, Global Compact Network Switzerland, Senior Programme Leader & Network Representative


The idea of self-reflection and what you can do on a personal level to have a bigger impact in the world is really important.

Tara Scanlan, Customer Success Group, Salesforce

The Ethical Leadership in Business conference equipped me with the mindset, knowledge and connections to contribute to ensuring that our digital transformation benefits humankind.

Tom Marshall, Innovation Community Ambassador, Deloitte (Netherlands)

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Shared Standard Twin Room
  • Accommodation and food*CHF 95 (1 night)
  • Forum FeesCHF 360
  • TotalCHF 455
Private Standard Single Room
  • Accommodation and food*CHF 120 (1 night)
  • Forum FeesCHF 360
  • TotalCHF 480
Shared Premium Twin Room
  • Accommodation and food*CHF 145 (1 night)
  • Forum FeesCHF 360
  • TotalCHF 505
Private Standard Single Room
  • Accommodation and food*CHF 170 (1 night)
  • Forum FeesCHF 360
  • TotalCHF 530

* Prices per person per night with full board.

Extra nights before or after the event can be booked at the same price.  

You can also attend one full day of the event. The Daily Forum Fee is CHF 270 and includes full participation, one meal and two coffee/tea breaks. 

We apply a registration fee of CHF 50 to all registrations.

Not included is the mandatory city tax of CHF 2.00 per person per night (free of charge for children up to the age of 15).

Click here for more information on the fees, possible subsidies and the different room categories.

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