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What is the Caux Forum?
CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation

What is the Caux Forum?


In 1946, around one hundred Swiss families and individuals purchased the former luxury hotel Caux-Palace, which had gone bankrupt and served as a home for internees and refugees during World War II. The Caux-Palace became a Conference Centre where the annual summer Caux Conferences were kicked off to bring together nations which had been divided. 

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.

Caux Building, Caux Palace


Caux approach


Caux, view, lake, clouds


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.


Photo of the Caux Palace: Leela Channer