Why another Summit?
Our current economic model has become unsustainable, it has lost its moral and political legitimacy. In the competitive
market economy it has shown a continuous ability to be creative and to increase wealth. In the last decades, there
has been a progressive blurring of its link with the global common good and a significant loss of our capacity to
regulate it. Economics have been disconnected from ethics and politics as financial capitalism tends to nurture a
speculative race where money creates more money without sufficiently investing in the economy of goods and services
useful to mankind. Destruction of the planet and its biodiversity, growing inequality and poverty, injustice, exclusion
and alienation are some of the dysfunctions likely to have significant negative consequences for future generations.
What makes us unique?
The spirit of the Zermatt Summit engages the heart and minds (not only intelligence), the conscious and spiritual
dimensions of leadership. A concern for the person and respect for personal values. Everyone has a responsibility and
is a changemaker. A framework to assist in making innovative ideas come to life and transform business enterprise.
What we do?
Vision: To harness/to mobilize the power of business and finance for the common good in our globalized world.
Our values: We engage our community to promote values such as the dignity of people, reciprocity, integrity, solidarity
and fairness, sustainability, accountability and courage. We foster responsible participation of all stakeholders in particular business and engage them to serve the common good and the human person.
The common good is the sum of social and environmental conditions which allow people as individuals and as groups to be fulfilled. Servant leaders are the ones willing to mobilize their talents to serve others, their organization and society at large. Servant leaders are a powerful force for change in organizations. We view humanizing as the force which enables the individual person to be respected in all it’s dimensions and which empowers leaders to care for the people in their organization as a priority. We encourage unifying private and professional values in order to reconnect with the purpose and dignity of work.
Who we are?
Run by the Zermatt Summit foundation, an independent non-for-profit organization recognized as being of public
utility by the Swiss Confederation. The convener is Christopher Wasserman, president and founder of the Zermatt Summit
foundation, president of Terolab Surface Group.
Who should attend?
Primarily aimed at business/financial leaders and entrepreneurs, in an action-oriented dialogue together with changemakers from civil society, academics, education, fine arts, architecture, medicine, spirituality and the public sector. The Zermatt Summit annual conference program is a catalyst to inspire, to share innovation and to translate new business development models into action, prioritizing human dignity in our globalized world.