Caux Building
Initiatives of Change Switzerland
An independent and officially recognized Swiss foundation

Initiatives of Change Switzerland

Initiatives of Change (IofC) Switzerland, formerly known as CAUX-Initiatives of Change, is an independent officially recognized Swiss foundation.

It organizes year-round programmes and events across Switzerland, specifically in the areas of ethical leadership in business and trust building, focusing on migration, youth and dialogue facilitation. The Foundation has owned the historic Caux Palace since 1946, where every summer it organizes its flagship event: the Caux Forum in collaboration with the global IofC network and partners.




Initiatives of Change Switzerland's vision is a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which people act from a sense of global interdependence and responsibility.


Established in 1946, Initiatives of Change Switzerland (IofC Switzerland) organizes and coordinates international and local conferences, seminars and training in Switzerland, primarily in its conference centre, the former Caux-Palace, bringing together a true diversity of people.

IofC Switzerland provides a safe and privileged space to inspire, equip and connect individuals, groups and organisations from around the globe to engage effectively and innovatively in the promotion of trust, ethical leadership, sustainable living and human security.

IofC Switzerland operates in line with its key approach of bringing global change through personal change and with its core values of absolute respect for human dignity, of truth, solidarity and care at every level of public or personal life. IofC Switzerland recommends silent reflection as a means to access creativity and inspiration.



Some background

Since its creation in 1946 the Swiss foundation has been and continues to be largely dependent on donations, contrary to what the term foundation might usually suggest. A recognised charity, its main task is the running and maintaining of the conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Caux. To cover the regular expenses which have increased from 2 to 3.5 million Swiss Francs in the course of the past ten years, the foundation depends on numerous gifts and the voluntary contributions of the conference participants for their stay. A good part of its activities is taken on by volunteers.

In 1977 thanks to the sale of an annex, the foundation was able to set up a renovation fund. Since 1995, a part of the complex is rented to the Swiss Hotel Management School SHMS outside conference times. This helps cover a good part of the regular maintenance expenses of the house.

In 1996, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the conference centre, the foundation received an encouraging number of contributions. Thanks to various generous legacies and contributions for specific projects, the foundation has since then been able to plan the renovations in a more systematic manner.

The pace of renovations should therefore be maintained so that the buildings can continuously be adapted to the security and safety regulations and to offer a centre that allows the foundation to pursue its statutory aims in a satisfactory manner.