A key part of the Forum’s activities is the creation of distinctive communities of Member and Partner companies as well as leaders from civil society for more informal opportunities for interaction.

  • Foundation Members

    The World Economic Forum’s 1,000 Foundation Member companies are at the heart of all the Forum’s activities and their support is essential in helping find truly sustainable and global solutions to improve the state of the world. The typical Member company is a global enterprise ranking among the top companies within their industry and/or country. Member companies play a leading role in shaping the future of their industry and/or region and, as such, are recognized among their peers and in the broader public as one of the world’s leading companies.

  • Industry Partners

    Industry Partners are select Member companies of the World Economic Forum that are actively involved in the Forum’s mission at the industry level. With privileged access to the Forum’s multistakeholder networks and experts, partnership brings visibility and insight to strategic decision-making on the most important industry and cross-industry related issues. This access and insight allows Industry Partners to help lead positive change across the issues and engage in action to support corporate global citizenship.

  • Partnering Against Corruption Initiative

    Over the last ten years, PACI has become the leading global business voice on anti-corruption and transparency. Comprising nearly 100 active companies, PACI is one of the strongest cross-industry collaborative efforts at the Forum. It is poised to create a more visible, dynamic and agenda-setting platform, working with committed business leaders, international organizations and governments to address corruption, transparency and emerging-market risks.

  • Regional Partners

    Regional Partners are select Member companies of the World Economic Forum that are actively involved in the Forum’s mission and shape the agenda at a regional level. Regional Partners and Associates represent businesses, with strong regional presence or strong interest in a region, committed to leading economic and social development. With privileged access to the Forum’s multistakeholder network and experts, participation brings visibility and insight to strategic decision-making on the most important regional issues.

  • Strategic Partners

    The Strategic Partners community comprises a select group of 100 leading global companies representing diverse regions and industries selected for their alignment with the Forum’s commitment to improving the state of the world. These Partners believe in the power of multistakeholder interaction to drive positive change and work closely with the Forum to help shape the industry, regional and global agendas.

  • Global Agenda Councils

    The Network of Global Agenda Councils study the foremost topics in the global arena. The Network of Global Agenda Councils consists of select, invitation-only groups on the key topics in the global arena. Each Council, comprised of 15-20 Members, serves as an advisory board to the Forum and other interested parties, such as governments and international organizations.

  • Civil Society

    Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), labour leaders, religious leaders, faith-based organizations and other civil society actors are key members of the World Economic Forum’s multistakeholder platform. These communities bring leaders from a wide range of fields to collaborate together with government and business leaders on finding and advocating solutions to global challenges. 

  • Global Leadership Fellows

    The Global Leadership Fellows Programme is a unique three-year leadership development programme. The programme takes a step towards finding the next generation of leaders, not only to address the future of the Forum’s own management and governance, but also that of the world as a whole. 

  • Global Shapers

    The Global Shapers Community will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future – integrating the personal, community and global dimension. Through the unparalleled convening power of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is diverse in demographics, geographical areas and sectors. However, it is united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

  • Strategic Foresight

    Through its Strategic Foresight activities, the World Economic Forum aims to support stakeholders in better understanding and addressing the complex problems and turbulence societies are increasingly facing.

  • Global Growth Companies

    The World Economic Forum’s Community of Global Growth Companies (GGC) was formed in 2007 to engage dynamic high-growth companies with the potential to be tomorrow’s industry leaders and to become a driving force of economic and social change.

  • Technology Pioneers

    The Technology Pioneers programme recognizes companies – normally in the start-up phase – from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies. These companies also show promise of making a significant impact on the way business and society operate. Technology Pioneers must demonstrate visionary leadership and show signs of being long-standing market leaders, and their technology must be proven. Each year, the Forum reviews hundreds of innovative companies across all sectors and about 30 are selected as Technology Pioneers.

  • Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

    Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in fields such as education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices.

  • The Forum of Young Global Leaders

    The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a multistakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year, the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals worldwide. Together, they form a powerful international community that can dramatically impact the global future.

  • The Gender Parity Programme

    Through Gender Parity Programme, the World Economic Forum is committed to engaging high-level leaders that have pledged personal and organizational commitments towards gender parity in exclusive and trusted multistakeholder communities. These communities focus on closing the economic gender gap through best practice exchange, collaboration and innovation. The Programme monitors the progress of countries through benchmarking tools that measure global and regional gender gaps.Global Gender Gap ReportCorporate Gender Gap ReportRepository of Successful PracticesGlobal Agenda Council on Women’s EmpowermentGender Parity Task ForcesArticles from Forum:Blog

  • Academic, Policy and Research Networks

    Harnessing the best expertise and rigour of academic and research institutions has never been more necessary for policy-making. As a result, the World Economic Forum aims to set the global, regional and industry agenda by tapping into a network of the world’s leading universities, think tanks and research organizations. The Academic, Policy and Research Networks (APRN) strive to advance breakthrough ideas on global challenges to inspire action and empower change. They do so by engaging experts through three communities: the Global University Leaders Forum, the Think Tank Leaders Forum and the Network of Global Agenda Councils.