Faith, Values and Religion
The World Economic Forum recognizes the immense importance of faith communities around the world and the relevance of faith to the global economy, politics, society and individuals. The voices of faith leaders are integrated throughout our events and activities as experts on a broad set of topics of relevance to the global agenda.
In 2001, the World Economic Forum began engaging various faith communities through the Community for West-Islam dialogue, a dynamic group of business, political, religious, media and opinion leaders engaged in inter-faith dialogue to promote understanding across different segments of society in the West and Muslim world.
The current work of the Faith Communities at the World Economic Forum has expanded beyond this focus on interfaith dialogue and now encompasses a broad range of topics including business values and ethics, the interface between religion and science, education, health, climate change, poverty and development.
The faith perspective is integrated in a structured manner into the majority of the World Economic Forum's core work through the following workstreams:
- This influential grouping engages global, regional and national religious leaders from different faiths, as well as leaders of faith-based organizations, in dialogue with each other and with other stakeholders shaping the global agenda.
- The Council is composed of globally pre-eminent thought leaders, scholars, business leaders and religious leaders exploring the role of values and faith in shaping the global agenda. Every year, the Council selects a particular theme or pressing challenge and works to identify the most efficient and actionable solutions. In 2010/11, the focus is on the role of values in helping to create a moral economy.
- In 2008, the first in a series of annual publications focused on the state of dialogue between the Islamic and Western worlds. The 2010 report compiles editorials on the topic of “Values in the Post-Crisis Economy” from over 15 global religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations, and contains a unique public opinion poll on values which points to a trust deficit regarding values in the business world.
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