Overview

Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) aims to engage business-people and decision-influencers in honest conversations on the broad issues associated with globalization and the human face of economics. Participants such as business leaders, young professionals, NGO representatives, trade unionists, business experts, are motivated by a shared commitment to personal integrity. They aim to address economic problems of immediate or long-term concern, including environmental imbalance, social exclusion, job creation and poverty reduction. CIB encourages decision makers to work together to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of values - in personal conduct and in economic life. CIB carries forward its aims through annual conferences at Caux, Switzerland, and Panchgani, India. Caux Initiatives of Business is a member of Initiatives of Change International.

International CIB conferences for business leaders, hosted jointly by India and Japan, are held every second year at Asia Plateau, the IofC centre in Panchgani, India. CIB (Asia) also organizes one-day round table events in various industrial cities in India. Annual conferences on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) are held at the IofC centre in Caux, Switzerland, engaging all stakeholders in the global economy. One-day TIGERoadshow events are also held in UK cities.

Background

40 Years of CIB – A brief history

CIB was established as an IofC Programme focusing on people from business and industry by the Caux Foundation, Switzerland in 1973. During that period, these programmes were called 'Caux Conferences for Industry and Business' (CCIB) and it changed to 'CIB' after the organisation was re-branded 'Initiatives of Change' (from ‘'Moral Re-Armament’ or 'MRA') in 2001. Since 1973, annual business conferences were conducted at the IofC Centre in Caux, Switzerland and other places around the world.

The first CIB-Asia, Pacific, Africa Regional Group (CIB-APARG) Annual Conference was organised at Asia Plateau, Panchgani, India in 2003 on the theme 'Globalisation – Emerging Opportunity, Creating Synergy' and the second conference was held later in the year in New Delhi on the subject 'Governance' where retired and serving bureaucrats, diplomats, media people, consultants, activists, students and senior managers attended. The second (CIB-APARG) Annual Conference was held in Panchgani in 2004 on the theme 'Better Governance – From Fear to Opportunity'.

In 2005, the first Biennial International Conference of CIB was held in Panchgani, on the theme 'Value Centered Leadership in an Era of Globalisation'. More than 130 delegates from all five continents gathered. From 2007 until today, these Biennial international conferences are jointly hosted at Asia Plateau by IofC India and Japan. The most recent conference 'Economic Growth – Possibilities amidst Challenges in making Growth Sustainable and Humane' was held in November 2013 where 218 delegates from 20 countries attended.

During 2012 and 2013, five CIB Round Tables were also conducted.

Mission:

CIB's mission is to 'strengthen the motivations of care and moral commitment in economic life and thinking, in order to create jobs, correct economic and environmental imbalances and tackle the root causes of poverty'.

CIB IN BRIEF

Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) encourages business leaders, young professionals, NGO representatives, trade unionists, experts and decision makers to work together to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of values - in personal conduct and in economic life.

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