ecostory 36/2006
"Meeting of Global Growth Companies"
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We reproduce the below Press Release dated 29.9.06 since it may exemplify how opinion leaders have not yet understood that all things are finite.
The policy of "Economic Growth" - on this finite Planet Earth with its resources being depleted - amounts to planned societal suicide.

In an interview, Mr André Schneider*), Managing Director, World Economic Forum, says "One of our very fundamental beliefs is that without economic growth there can be no social progress." That's how the WEF believes to "contribute to helping the poor, to fulfill its mission statement of improving the state of the world," as was asked by the interviewer.

Firstly, however, redistribution - without growth - would also help the poor.
But most importantly, the Earth is not interested in social equity.
Overconsumption and overpopulation remain the same, be they caused by 1 billion rich and 5.5 billion poor, or by 6.5 billion people of equal welfare. It's the total impact on the planet that counts and that is far too high already, even without additional economic growth.
That's one reason why growth policies are not improving but worsening the state of the world.

Also compare our letters sent to Mr Schneider
on 28 February and 18 June 2007

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Beijing, 29 September 2006 – The World Economic Forum announced today that it will host its first ever World Economic Forum on Growth in Dalian, north eastern China, from 6-8 September 2007. The inaugural meeting will draw together members of a new international and cross-industry Community of Global Growth Companies. These are firms that have demonstrated a clear potential to become leaders in the world economy within the next five years.

The World Economic Forum on Growth, which at the same time is also the inaugural Annual Meeting of Global Growth Companies, will bring together emerging companies from around the world with the World Economic Forum’s top experts and leaders of industry. Industry-specific meetings of international business leaders will emphasize the needs and aspirations of companies that are operating globally, developing recognized global brands and managing extremely rapid expansion. Business and political leaders will also join together to address the role of competitiveness on a corporate and national level in ensuring growth.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone involved,” said André Schneider, Managing Director, World Economic Forum. “It is an opportunity for the World Economic Forum, which has launched this exciting new plan, to bring together the next generation of global champions; for the city of Dalian, which will be a superb host for this event, able to showcase its world-class facilities; and for the companies themselves, who will share their experience and highlight the growing importance of a new generation of business leaders on the global stage.”

The Mayor of Dalian, Xia Deren, echoed Mr Schneider’s enthusiasm. “Dalian is an energetic city which enjoys a beautiful natural environment, pleasant climate, perfect facilities and harmonious social environment. Hosting the Forum in Dalian and welcoming its distinguished participants will make a great contribution to the city’s global recognition.”

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan of the People’s Republic of China, inaugurated the Beijing headquarters of the Community of Global Growth Companies on 13 June 2006. “The World Economic Forum recognized China‘s promise many years ago, inviting the first Chinese delegation to its Annual Meeting in 1979. The Forum held its first China Business Summit in 1981. It should come as no surprise that we once again turn to China to help realize what is a key strategic step for the Forum,” said Professor Schwab.

More than 300 companies from the new Global Growth Community will attend the World Economic Forum on Growth in Dalian, which will host more than 1,200 participants. The World Economic Forum is already working with the authorities of a second Chinese city, Tianjin, to host the meeting in 2008.

About the Community of Global Growth Companies
The World Economic Forum established the Community of Global Growth Companies with the mission to enable emerging multinationals to develop into the next generation of international corporate leaders. The community includes companies that demonstrate a clear potential to become leaders in the global economy based on a combination of their business model, growth record, leadership and the markets they serve. The Community offers an unparalleled opportunity for business leaders to gain a unique understanding of the key developments in industry, society and geopolitics that will have the greatest impact on their future success.

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*) Andre Schneider is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Event and Resources Management. He joined the World Economic Forum in 1998.

Andre launched his career as a classical musician. He has played for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, the Staatstheater Kassel, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Saarland and the Lucerne International Festival Orchestra.

Andre then concentrated on his interest in Information Technology and became a Researcher in parallel computers for the European Community. At IBM Consulting Group, he was Product Developer, Consultant and Principal. Before joining the World Economic Forum in 1998, he was an IT consultant for various companies and organisations.

Andre has a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Geneva.
(Source: London Sepaker Bureau.)
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