The world is undergoing deep, complex and accelerated transformations, and neither government, nor business, nor civil society alone can address our common challenges. Religion, values and spirituality continue to shape the societal transformations of today - economic, geopolitical, technological and cultural.
As part of its Civil Society Communities and across our Centres, the World Economic Forum engages over 100 religious leaders, faith-based organizations, interfaith groups, multi-faith networks, and experts of religion from over 10 of the world’s major religions and spiritual traditions.
In partnership with key global faith representatives, experts and community leaders, the Forum has launched an insights report on Faith in Action. This insight report reflects on how global leaders are exploring partnerships with faith actors through eight faith-based partnership case studies – on the environment, health, resilience and technology governance – and considers ways leaders can explore meaningful cooperation with faith actors at a time of deepening polarization and distrust in societies.
Global leaders cannot afford to ignore the impact of religion and spirituality on today's interconnected challenges. Eighty-five per cent of people worldwide adhere to a religious or spiritual tradition, impacting how they define their values and participate in communities, workplaces and societies.
Faith actors, from traditional religious institutions to interfaith organizations to faith-motivated investors, are tackling common challenges through partnerships with businesses, government and other stakeholders, exploring original approaches to working for mutual benefit and avoiding "faith washing". Many business leaders are using their faith fluency to explore innovative partnerships with faith actors to achieve meaningful engagement and impact.
David Sangokoya, Head of Civil Society Impact, World Economic Forum
Jack Hildebrand, Community Specialist, Civil Society, World Economic Forum
Gopal Patel, Co-Founder and Director, Bhumi Global; Co-Chair, UN Multifaith Advisory Council
Chris Elisara, PhD, Co-Director, World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center
Faith in Action Report Advisory Board:
Tariq Al-Olaimy, Co-Founder, 3BL Associates
Amma, Founder, Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, Abbess, Songdhammakalyani Temple
H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Secretary General, Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
Alexis Crow, Partner; Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC
Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary, ACT Alliance
Bani Dugal, Principal Representative to the United Nations, Bahá’í International Community
Reverend Mark E. Fowler, CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President, Conference of European Rabbis
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League
Brian Grim, Founding President, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation
Azza Karam, Board Member, United Nations' Secretary General High Level Advisor Board on Multilateralism
Farhan Latif, President, El-Hibri Foundation
Brie Loskota, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame
Martin Palmer, Founding President and Chief Executive, FaithInvest
Venerable Anil Sakya, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mahamakut Buddhist University
Bp. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General, World Evangelical Alliance
H.E. Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Spiritual Leader and Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha
Simran Jeet Singh, Executive Director, Aspen Institute's Religion and Society Program
Meredith Sumpter, CEO, Council for Inclusive Capitalism
Sir Mark V. Vlasic, KCHS, KCEM, CBS Television Studies
Rodrigo Whitelaw, General Secretary, International Christian Union of Business Executives (UNIAPAC)
Joshua Zinner, CEO, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility