Chemistry & Advanced Materials


Chemicals Community

The World Economic Forum’s Chemicals Industry community leverages the Forum’s convening power to enablthe community to be recognized as a solutions provider for global challenges. 

The Forum’s Industry Partnership for Chemicals is an exclusive community of top 
global leaders in the chemicals industry. With privileged access to the Forum’s multistakeholder networks and experts, the partnership offers: 

  •  A unique global network of industry and cross-industry peers with key government stakeholders and academic and civil society leaders 
  • Foresight on global, regional and industry trends 
  • Opportunities to contribute to positive change across major industry issues, promoting responsible corporate global citizenship 
  • Insights for collaborative solutions to mitigate risk 
  • Dialogue with civil society on pressing industry issues 
  • Opportunity to position companies as thought leaders and increase visibility 

It makes more than just one entity, one company, one country: it takes that collaboration to really make it work and the World Economic Forum has fostered that ability to collaborate.” 
Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont, USA

Chemicals Community

The World Economic Forum’s Chemicals Industry community consists of the world’s leading chemical companies, from petrochemicals and fertilizer producers to commodity chemicals and other specialties. Through its collaborative approach, the Forum enables community Members to engage in initiatives and stay on top of the global agenda throughout the year. 

Partners include:

Air Liquide 
CF Industries
Dow Chemical

Jubilant Bhartia Group
Mitsubishi Chemicals Holdings Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation

Reliance Industries
Royal DSM
Saudi Aramco
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Sumitomo Chemicals

Related Partners (non-Chemicals): Chevron, Exxon, Monsanto, Saudi Aramco, Sasol, Shell, Syngenta, Total, Yara

Advisers to the Chemicals Industry Community: 

Noubar Afeyan, Founder and Chairman, Joule Unlimited, USA 
Cheng Siwei, Chairman, International Finance Forum (IFF), People’s Republic of China 
Sir David King, Chief Government Scientific Adviser (1999-2006), United Kingdom 
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan 
Lee Sang-Yup, Distinguished Professor, Director and Dean, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea 
Li Yongwu, Chairman, China Petroleum and Chemicals Industry Federation, People’s Republic of China 
Dennis J. Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany


The Industry Partnership for Chemicals offers privileged access for global chairs/chief executive officers and their senior leadership team to the Forum’s networks across business, government, academia and non-governmental organizations. Together, these key leaders identify issues that can benefit from collaborative action to create the necessary change through enhanced participation in community meetings. 

Partnership includes: 

  • Invitation of two board-level executives to the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, andto the Annual 
    Meeting of the New Champions in the People’s Republic of China 
  • Invitation oftwo board-level executives to the exclusive Governors Meeting forChemicals taking place at the Annual 
    Meeting in Davos-Klosters 
  • Access to Forum regional events (Africa, India, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, and East Asia) 
  • Access to exclusive Industry Partnership meetings for relevant senior executives 
  • Ability to propose, lead or engage in community initiatives, which aim to provide insights on pressing regional and global issues 
  • Access to cross-industry projects and World Economic Forum initiatives, where relevant 
  • Based on individual expertise, participation in the Forum’s global think tank, the Network ofGlobal Agenda Councils 
  • Opportunity for increased visibility and heightened media exposure 
  • A dedicated personal point of contact to ensure maximum value and participation


The World Economic Forum’s Industry Partnership programme is a platform for gaining insight and determining business priorities in today’s complex global environment. The Forum helps industry communities determine their priorities and connect with the relevant decision-makers (Member companies, policy-makers, civil society and academia) needed to address any particular issue or set of challenges. 

The Forum’sNetwork of Global Agenda Councilsgenerates insights that feed directly into the Industry Partnership programme. This multistakeholder group convenes top global experts to tackle the most important issues on the global agenda. Relevant Global Agenda Councils for the Chemicals Industry include: Emerging Technologies, Biotechnologies, Food Security (and Nutrition), New Energy Architecture, Climate Change, Water Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Transport.  


Through its collaborative approach, the World Economic Forum enables its Partners to individually take better informed decisions, focus on priority issues and develop multistakeholder solutions. The Chemicals Industry community engages in projects related to global megatrends and related innovation needs: 

Collaborative InnovationThis platform aims to foster emerging technologies at the pre-competitive stage by creating dialogue amongthe private sector, policy-makers and civil society, and across sectors. Ongoing projects focus on a bio – based society and energy harnessing. New projects will focus on the circular economy and alternative feedstocks,e.g.hydrogen, “cleaner” coal,methane and hydrates.
Emerging Industries EcospheresThe initiative looks at innovation heatmaps and cross-sectoral implications of related emerging industries resulting from global megatrends or emerging technologies. Value chains are being transformed into value networks as the chains themselves become more linked.
Sustainability PrinciplesThis initiative aims to create alignment within the Chemicals Industry with regards to the definition of sustainability and what it means for the industry. The next step will be reaching out to other industries, such as consumers.
The New Energy ArchitectureThis initiative seeks to make the transition from the old to the new energy architecture more effective through the competitiveness-sustainability-security energy triangle.
A New Vision for AgricultureThis initiative engages the public and private sectors in developing a shared agenda for action to meet food security, economic development and environmental sustainability goals. It has country partnerships with Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania, Vietnam and India.
Other InitiativesOther initiatives engaging Industry Partners include theInterconnected World, Green Growth Partnerships, the Circular Economy and the Future of Urban Development.


Andrew Hagan
Head of Chemicals Industries
Oliver Inderwildi
Senior Manager
Chemicals Industries
Tatiana Babakina
Senior Community Manager
Chemicals Industries


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