World Economic Forum

Since 2004, Bain has been one of the 100 strategic partners of the Forum, a select group of global companies that lead the Forum's knowledge generation activities by setting the intellectual agenda of its meetings, contributing to the insight agenda of Forum publications and working to make sure that the Forum's initiatives result in real global change.
2014 Annual meeting

Each year, business, political and academic leaders convene for the World Economic Forum, where they work together to improve the state of the world and shape global, regional and industry agendas to address the most pressing issues of our day.

The 2014 Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum was held January 22 - 25, 2014 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The theme for the meeting was The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business. Learn more about the 2014 meeting on the WEF website.

Bain thought leadership

From our partners’ views on the floor at Davos to the formal reports led by Bain industry governors—Bain & Company's thought leadership is prominent throughout the Forum each year. Some of the most significant of Bain's activities from the 2014 meeting:

Bain chairman Orit Gadiesh led a discussion in the session "The Big Brother Problem," on the consequences of growing public alarm over personal privacy, data security, and the lack of transparency in the gathering of data by public and private organizations.

Bain's annual private breakfast panel. By invitation only. For the tenth year, Orit Gadiesh hosted Bain’s annual breakfast discussion. An audience of senior business and government leaders joined our speakers: Clayton Christensen, Best-selling author, Harvard Business School professor and 2013’s"World’s Most Influential Business Thinker" (Thinkers50) and Darrell Rigby, Head of Bain & Company’s Global Retail and Innovation practices to discuss the topic "Leading a Digical Transformation—Combining Digital and Physical to Reshape your Business."

Watch a video of the breakfast panel>>

Industry Governors Projects:

"The Healthy Living Initiative" provides the premier global platform to enable critical dialogues among stakeholders and to facilitate collaborative action to tackle the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are forecast to cost the global economy $47trn in lost economic output by 2030. This year’s efforts have focused on tackling the key bottlenecks in multistakeholder collaboration through a series of global & regional dialogues and on building a series of pioneering multistakeholder collaborations on-the-ground to tackle NCDs and the promotion of healthy lives. Most prominent has been the creation of the first genuinely multi-stakeholder program to tackle NCDs through the school setting. The Initiative has brought together more than 20 organizations from across all sectors to launch a cutting-edge program in New Delhi, India, affecting 35,000 children and their parents in a comprehensive manner. This will provide the blueprint to be scaled up across India and beyond in 2015. Read this year's report, "Collaborating for healthy living: From bottlenecks to solutions."

"Enabling Trade" follows up on the exciting findings of last year’s report, "Valuing Growth Opportunities," which indicated that reducing supply chain barriers could increase global GDP six times more than removing all tariffs. This year’s report, "Enabling Trade: From Valuation to Action" deep dives into sectoral, regional, and functional priorities to see how barrier reduction can be achieved in practice. The main focus is on agriculture, exploring how the public and private sectors can work together to improve supply chains and reduce the amount of food that is wasted between farm and fork – currently a staggering 30% of total food production. The automotive sector is a second priority, with global carmakers providing input to the WTO on practical trade facilitation measures that are top of mind for the industry.

Other initiatives
Bain supports the World Economic Forum through our involvement in a number of additional initiatives and partnerships.
2014 Media
Read more about Bain's experts and research from Davos as featured in the international media on emerging global business trends.