Message from the President
The past year has certainly been a tumultuous onefor all of us, beginning with the threat of anti-globalization protest and ending with the threat ofglobal terrorism. But despite the many challenges, theWorld Economic Forum was able to effect a majortransformation in its governance structure and in itsapproach to its mission.
While recognizing thecritical role of business in achieving the Forum’sgoal of “improving the state of the world,” the newstructure enables other stakeholders to be morestrongly involved in the process.
We were able tobring on board a strong new leadership team to helpmanage our expanding portfolio of activities, and wewere able to provide even greater value to ourmembers and partners.During fiscal year 2000/2001, the World EconomicForum moved from its traditional role as a convenerof events to a wider new role as a catalyst forprogress on important items on the global agenda. Incollaboration with our members and partners, wecreated task forces and initiatives that advancedknowledge and human progress on issues of industry,social and geopolitical interest. And we redefined ourmission to emphasize the collaborative role ofbusiness in improving the state of the world.The financial reporting year ended before11 September, but the events of that day have socoloured our reality that I feel I must devote somespace to assessing the impact of those events on theWorld Economic Forum.As I have written in personal correspondence to ourmembers and partners, I was in New York on11 September and the horrific events that took placein lower Manhattan made an indelible impression onme, as I know they did on people around the world. Inthe days following the tragedy, the World EconomicForum expressed its heartfelt condolences to thefamilies and friends of the thousands of victims of theattacks, and we communicated our sympathies andstatements of support directly with our membercompanies, many of whom lost colleagues that day.The tragic events of 11 September have shown morethan ever before the need for a global platform whichallows business, governments, internationalorganizations, academia and the media to jointogether in collaborative efforts to address key issueson our global agenda. The World Economic Forum isideally suited to perform this role based on the