What they said

Marie-Cecile DUCHATEAU wflMarie-Cécile DUCHATEAU,
Responsable Formation, Bonduelle

"La participation aux ateliers et conférences nous a permis d'avoir un contact avec des personnalités "hors norme" ayant le goût d'entreprendre, de découvrir des démarches et business models originaux.
Nous avons retenu des idées fortes dans tous les domaines. [...]."


Deon RoussowDeon ROUSSOW,
Ethics Institute of South Africa

"Ici, différentes parties du monde interagissent et apprennent les unes des autres. Ce qui me frappe, c'est que le gens assistent à des conférences et ensuite rentrent dans leur pays, dans leur entreprise, et souvent réutilisent ce qu'ils ont entendu ici. Vous n'entendrez peut-être plus jamais parler d'eux mais cela aura un impact."

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David Katz (Canada),  
Founder and President of The Plastic Bank

"I feel that an organization capable of uniting opinion leaders, while facilitating the sharing of ideas and creating synergies among individuals to promote change has got to be wonderful."


Marc Roquette,
Board Member of Roquette Frères

"It really feels like being at the heart of the transformation leading to the New World.
I'm thrilled by what's happening. As a partner, we fully support the initiative, which is seen as a path to a brighter future and source of enthusiasm. We're very pleased to be associated with this most exciting event."


Su Kahumbu Stephanou (Kenya),  
Founder and President of Green Dreams, LTD.

"For me, the World Forum is a fantastic event.
It's an honor to be able to participate. I've met so many interesting people and have learned a tremendous amount of valuable lessons regarding corporate projects that seek to institute sustainable change."


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klausKlaus Niederlander, Director, Cooperatives Europe - the voice of cooperative enterprises in Europe 

"The World Forum is a great opportunity for all those interested in exploring different ways of doing business, where people and planet come in first. There are many people to meet, many experiences to learn from and above all lots of inspiration to take in!"


LarshansPär Larshans, CSO, Max burgers, Sweden

"I was quit amazed of the World Forum in Lille 2013. The forum itself is great organized and was very easy to overview in spite that the number of participants was more than 6300 during the 3 days that the forum took place. The theme this year, "Yes we Change" appealed me and is desperately needed in the world of today. The world are looking for answers and the many good examples you could meet in Lille makes me want to recommend the World Forum in Lille to anyone that wants to be a change maker or just helping the world to change."


kostinAlexey KOSTIN,

Executive Director at NGO "CSR - Russian Centre" (Russian Federation)

I definitely recommend WFL as a leading world discussion platform for people involved in CSR and SD. The launching of the TIR Pas-de-Calais Action plan this October shows that this is not just a Forum to exchange opinions and best practices, but also as a flagman region for alternative energy and socio-economic development.


hanseFabrice Hansé, Executive Director, Red Forum Empresa, Panama

"Once again a standard-setting event, the 2013 edition was packed with great speakers, excellent networking opportunities, and creative sessions meant to get to the bottom of issues. And all this free of cost ! The team at the World Forum Lille is really committed to have you get the most of your 3 days in Lille. I already look forward to the 2014 edition."


sprecherFranck SPRECHER, Directeur Délégué, Pôle d'Excellence Ferroviaire Régional, France

"Une édition au sommet ! Des conférences de très bon niveau, une séance d'ouverture qui emmène vers l'action et une séance de clôture qui donne envie. Yes ! We change. Posez-vous cette question : "When was the last time you did something for the first time ?" "


stueckelbergerChristoph STUECKELBERGER, 
Executive Director and Founder at Globethics.net (Geneva Area, Switzerland)

"More and more people are looking for a new eceonomy to overcome the current impasses. World Forum Lille offers such a Forum, the Global Ethics Forum in Geneva (28-29 June 2012 in Geneva) offers a global multistakeholder one. Many other events look for it. What is needed is cooperation between these events and online workgroups and innovative processes. I am ready to contribute to this networking."


hang maiHang MAI,
Founder and Manager at Xanh (Vietnam)

"Like any Forum, WFL is a great opportunity to meet people from every corners of the world. However, it is really inspiring to meet entrepreneurs who have their heart in the left and their wallet in the right :), who don’t practice “sustainable development” as exercise but it is something inborn, inbuilt to them, as natural as our breath."


la toucheMarco Antonio LA TOUCHE ARBIZU,
Profesor at Universidad Autónoma de Centro América (Costa Rica)

 "World Forum Lille shares with the world's best examples of business practices in order to lead others to encourage them to do business nobly and ethics, showing that it is possible to be productive and profitable while sensitive to human needs to live peacefully."


niall o sheaNiall O'SHEA,
Head of Responsible Investing at The Co-operative Asset Management (United Kingdom)

"I spoke at this forum in 2010 and thought the programme was wide-ranging, lively and democratic in its approach. I wish it well in the future.."


pauline d amboisePauline D'AMBOISE, 
Vice-présidente Soutien à la coopération et Secrétaire générale at Mouvement des caisses Desjardins (Quebec, Canada)

"Ayant déjà participé au Forum, je peux témoigner de sa valeur ajoutée tant pour la pertinence des sujets abordés que pour les lieux de réflexion et d'échanges novateurs qu'il offre aux participants sur les meilleures pratiques à mettre en œuvre en matière de responsabilité sociale et de développement durable. Donner l'opportunité aux personnes et aux organisations de se ressourcer et de partager leurs expériences incite à l'action et à la mobilisation vers une économie globale plus responsable."


gautierEmmanuel GAUTIER,
Social Investments Portfolio Manager at Natixis Asset Management (Paris Area, France)

"A ce jour, c'est le Forum le plus efficace et pertinent, dédié à la réflexion sur la croissance durable et responsable, à l'entrepreneuriat social et microfinance."


haakeJulia HAAKE, 
Director of Paris Office at oekom research AG (Paris Area, France)

"J'ai eu l'opportunité d'organiser et animer une table ronde sur la biodiversité à ce Forum en 2010. C'est un bel évènement, riche d'échanges et de captation de nouvelles tendances en matière d'économie plus responsable. A recommander !!"


kostinAlexey KOSTIN,
Executive Director at NGO "CSR - Russian Centre" (Russian Federation)

"The World Forum Lille during quite a short period of time became an appreciable international event in the field of responsible economy. During its plenary and seminar sessions business people and CSR/SD specialists share their experiences in introducing and conducting modern socially and environmentally friendly oriented businesses. Forum is very well organized, inviting really professional top level speakers and interested in the subject people from many countries."


berryLaura BERRY,
Executive Director at Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (USA)

"The World Forum Lille is a fantastic global conference, looking at issues that drive capital market growth and social change from a European perspective."


mariscalJose MARISCAL,
System Development Specialist at Senior at Xerox Company (Mexico)

"In a world where more and more people are connected at different levels and areas where economics plays an important role. Given this, the new times has the challenge of creating new ways to develop markets with economies responsible. RESPONSIBILITY in social (ie fair price) and positive impact on the environment. I recommend for a World Forum for a Responsible Economy where you can find new ways of thinking and doing responsible and sustainable economies."


kuboKatsuyuki KUBO,
Professor at Waseda University (Japan)

"I talked at this forum in 2009. It was a great experience for me to attend this conference as I had a chance to talk people who have various background, from academics, financial institution, labor union and NPOs. It is not very common that you can obtain opinion from various viewpoints. I recommend this forum for business person, students and academics."


General Manager at Paltel Group Foundation (Palestinian Territory)

"It was my first time to participate at the World Forum Lille; it was a great opportunity as I was the only speaker from an Arabic/Palestinian company PalTel Group abd based on the great benefit I got from the forum; I started to connect the organizers with Arabic networks to increase the participation from our area. I would encourage companies to participate, when things come to CSR and corporate sustainable nothing is written and it is all about practicing it and learn from each others."

Thierry Desobry
Damartex, partenaire du World Forum

« Le World Forum est une très belle opportunité pour s’ouvrir l’esprit, et un moment privilégié pour communiquer ensemble. J’aime son coté très éclectique : on y croise l’inconnu du bout du monde mais aussi le très médiatique chef d’entreprise. Tous n’ont pourtant qu’un seul but : partager leurs bonnes pratiques et en découvrir de nouvelles. »

Denys Henin
Damartex, partenaire du World Forum

« Je suis fier d’être bénévole au World Forum depuis sa création : d’une part je représente mon entreprise qui soutient les valeurs de RSE ; et d’autre part je contribue à la réussite de cet événement qui grandit et s’étoffe d’année en année. Je serai présent pour cette nouvelle édition alors, à bientôt ! » 


"This is my third time here. The World Forum is always very inspiring with plenty of fascinating testimonials. It's a highly innovative event!"


Business Owner

"I find this approach really interesting. What impresses me most is the Region's handling of some key issues that are fundamental and extremely critical. I appreciate this link between the local territory and the outside world."