Through its Responsible Leaders Forums, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt brings together leaders worldwide to help solve social and political challenges across professional and cultural boundaries. We encourage the participants to take their social and political engagement to a new level.
The unique design of the Forum puts the personality, competence, and creativity of every single participant center stage, creating a space for mutual inspiration and personal encounters. Forum participants come together at special places and meet people working in social enterprises, public administrations, NGOs, companies or think tanks who put into practice forward-looking ideas and solutions.
Ultimately, we want to help solve the urgent challenges of our time. In this, we are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. These challenges differ from region to region: While a Responsible Leaders Forum in Belgrade, for example, looks at employment opportunities for young people (Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth), a Responsible Leaders Forum in the United States deals with the drifting apart of societies (Sustainable Development Goal No. 10 – Reduced Inequalities).
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Through our work in Latin America during the last five years, the Responsible Leaders Network in the region has grown to 100 members, and we have established partnerships with 40 organizations in 13 countries. We want to further strengthen and expand this network through our Responsible Leaders Forum in Chile. Therefore, we have invited leaders from around the world to experience tools for leadership in Latin America and explore the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals for responsible leadership. The Forum will put each participant’s personality, skills, and creativity center stage and by doing so create an environment for mutual learning and networking. Furthermore, we are partnering with the International Festival of Social Innovation (fiiS) that will take place prior to the Forum and provide an opportunity to get to know innovators from all over Latin America.
The BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Forum North America aims to inject new ideas into the public debate about elites, solidarity, and social inclusion. To this end, we bring together leaders from all walks of life on the American east coast.
The Foundation’s work is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The Forum focuses specifically on the tenth Sustainable Development Goal: Reduced Inequalities. Along with the participants, we will discuss how to make societies more inclusive and just as a precondition to stable democracies.
Baltimore is a vivid example of a metropolitan area confronted with deep structural changes, racial divisions, and poverty. We have chosen the region as a case study to analyze how these changes alienate large parts of the population – especially those with a high dependence on traditional industries. We will focus on developments that are seen by many people all over the world as a threat and that cause societies to drift apart.
At the Responsible Leaders Forum MENA, we want to explore opportunities for promoting knowledge economies in the Middle East and North Africa region. For the region’s big informal sector impedes the transformation towards a forward-looking knowledge-based economy.
We want to find out how improving the transfer of knowledge and expertise across professional and national borders can help promote a more resilient and socially inclusive society. Thematically, the Forum thus builds on the eighth Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth.
The Forum brings together leaders from all sectors and all parts of the world. They will discuss concrete measures that can help close the skills gap and enhance employment opportunities. These include educational offerings, improvements in research, and innovative ICT technologies. During local site visits to innovative organizations, the participants will get to know existing solutions and approaches.