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What is the Caux Forum?
Initiatives of Change Switzerland

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, now renamed the Caux Forum, 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.




The annual Caux Forum through conferences, training and dialogues aims to inspire, equip and connect people, groups and organizations to build a just, sustainable and peaceful world.

Each year, in a safe space of trust, care, solidarity and respect, around 1,500 participants from civil society, government and business meet in a true diversity of ages, genders, cultures, sectors and beliefs which builds bridges across cultural, social and ethnic divides. The Caux Palace, a former Belle-Époque Grand Hotel overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps, provides a unique and inspiring setting.

A visit to Caux is about unlocking one’s potential: Caux encourages individuals, groups and organizations to reflect on their roles, explore their resources, and connect with their responsibilities as changemakers, on the principle that everyone can make a difference.










Iniatives of Change Switzerland, formerly known as the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC), is the Swiss body of Initiatives of Change (IofC). IofC is a worldwide 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.

Since 1946, IofC Switzerland has organized the Caux Forum in collaboration with the IofC network and its partners.


Photo of the Caux Palace: Leela Channer