In 1946, around one hundred Swiss families and individuals managed to put together one million francs to buy the former luxury hotel Caux-Palace, which had gone bankrupt and served as a home for internees and refugees during World War II, in order to create "a home for the world".
This international conference centre has since played an important role in the post-World War II reconciliation in Europe, between individual citizens as well as countries such as France and Germany, in the decolonization processes of Tunisia and Morocco and elsewhere, in the relationships between industrialists and workers, and other peace processes.
Today, Initiatives of Change (IofC) implements diverse projects all over the world and continues to be engaged in sensitive reconciliation activities.
What is the Caux Forum?
Sharing personal stories in a safe place, taking the time to reflect, learning through service, and engaging with a wide network of changemakers from around the world: this is what over 1,500 participants experience every summer during the Caux Forum’s main events, dialogues and training programmes.
Every year, people from diverse origins and backgrounds get together in the Caux Palace, high above Lake Geneva, to exchange views and stories and bring forward solutions to the world’s needs.
Caux catalyzes change: it encourages individuals to explore their inner strengths and their role as changemakers, under the principle that everyone has the potential to make a difference.
Initiatives of Change
Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own. IofC aims to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves.
The CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC) is the Swiss body of IofC. CAUX-IofC organizes the Caux Forum, training and events in Switzerland, primarily in its conference and seminar centre, the Caux Palace.
- More information about Initiatives of Change and CAUX-Initiatives of Change
- More about the history of the Caux Palace – Conference and Seminar Centre
Photo of the Caux Palace: Leela Channer