World Forum Lille 7th edition: Save the date!

7th World Forum for a Responsible Economy




Under the banner “Yes We Change: Another way of doing business and consuming”, the 2013 World Forum Lille event will focus its roundtable discussions on the necessity to effect change. How do companies succeed in introducing change and incorporating new models capable of meeting today’s challenges? These answers will be shared October 23rd to 25th at the World Forum Lille 2013 gathering.

Among this year’s highlights, we’re eagerly anticipating the presentation by Jeremy Rifkin, economist and futurist, of his strategic plan requested by the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council after he exposed the Third Industrial Revolution at World Forum Lille 2012. Another much awaited moment: the opening session assembling leading change agents like Ellen MacArthur, on hand to explain the amazing deployment of her Foundation in favor of the Circular Economy.


Created in 2007, as an economic and societal crisis was being unleashed that would cause changes to ripple throughout our society, World Forum Lille, an initiative sponsored by the Réseau Alliances* network and presided by Philippe Vasseur, has sought to showcase during each annual event the possibilities available for building economic models that are both profitable and responsible.


In pursuit of this goal, the 2013 program intends to share the experience of companies, which along with their stakeholders already possess the keys to change, allowing them to develop their activity today according to a responsible strategy.

Four approaches will be explored in depth:

 – Changing the corporate model: redefining the corporate mission, its purpose, role within the society and territory and, consequently, reorganizing the corporate structure

 – Changing relations with consumers, whose input influences product parameters: sustainability, accessibility, etc.

 – Changing business practices by demonstrating ethical behavior and reassessing ties with clients, suppliers and other partners

 – Changing human resources management: reconfiguring workplace organizations, capitalizing on employees’ potential and promoting growth as a collegial exercise.


Moreover, to ensure compatibility with the “Another way of consuming” focus, World Forum Lille 2013 is located this year in the heart of Lille. Many events have been scheduled around the city’s Grand Place, in collaboration with local merchants, and outdoors to generate greater enthusiasm among residents. For 2013, in involving the general public as well, the Forum expects to spark sustainable behavioral changes.


*Réseau Alliances is an association that has been partnering with companies in the Nord-Pas de Calais region for the past 20 years in an effort to improve their performance while treating people and the environment with full respect. Réseau Alliances, like World Forum Lille, is presided by the former Minister Philippe Vasseur.


We look forward to seeing you in Lille on October 23rd, 24th and 25th 2013 to learn another way of doing business and consuming!


Practical information


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