Published: 6 September 2023

Annual Report 2022-2023

This Annual Report outlines the key developments in 2022-2023. It provides an overview of the 10 centres and the Forum's over 130 initiatives, coalitions and flagship reports, as well as the latest progress from the Forum’s core functions, leadership and governance.

1. Chairman's Statement

The world faces four key transformations that are interconnected and mutually reinforcing: economic and environmental, political and geopolitical, technological, and societal. Together, these four transformations create both trade-offs and opportunities for decision-makers in government, business and civil-society. The Forum supports leaders and the wider public in understanding these challenges and in coming together to design and implement solutions.

—Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman

2. President's Statement

It is within this period of great geopolitical uncertainty, when impactful action is most necessary, that the World Economic Forum identified and delivered avenues towards meaningful collaboration between leaders in the public and private sectors.

—Børge Brende, President of the Managing Board

3. Our Institutional Framework

The World Economic Forum engages political, business, academic, civil society and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation. It is independent, impartial, not tied to any special interests and upholds the highest standards of governance and moral and intellectual integrity.

4. Our Impact

This section provides examples of initiatives applying the Forum’s unique impact methods to drive large-scale progress on critical public challenges and selected meetings held in 2022-2023 to provide a platform for progress, cooperation and trust-building.

5. Our Organization

The report provides an overview of the 10 centres, their priorities and key highlights over the year. This section also includes a summary overview of over 130 initiatives, coalitions and flagship reports across the 10 centres. Additionally, it covers overviews and the latest developments from the Forum’s core functions: Partner and Stakeholder Engagement, the Global Programming Group, the Global Communications Group, Technology and Digital Innovation, and Finance and Operations. In addition, this section provides more information on our talent, the four offices and the three sister organizations affiliated with the Forum: the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the Global Shapers Community and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

6. Leadership and Governance

The World Economic Forum is chaired by Founder and Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab. It is guided by its Board of Trustees and managed by its Managing Board.

7. Consolidated Financial Statements

The Forum is a public interest, not-for-profit organization, is independent and does not pursue any political or ideological interests. In its activities, the Forum proves in all circumstances its independence and impartiality.

8. Stakeholder Metrics

The World Economic Forum Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics reveal the Forum’s performance on four environmental, social and corporate governance pillars: Principles of Governance, Planet, People and Prosperity.

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