Why do you go to the World Economic Forum?
First of all I went to the World Economic Forum as Religious Consultant and am now on the Foundation Board of this very significant organsiation. Two years ago religious leaders were there for the first time and received a very warm welcome. This year we made an important step forward by being more involved in the day by day work of the Forum and of the forty representatives thirty at least made contributions in either plenaries or small groups. The objectives of the religious leaders were to share in the work of the Forum, to inform other participants or the contribution that faith communities are making around the world and to bring to the attention of business leaders the issues of development and poverty that faith leaders know only too much about.
What did you strike most at this year's Davos?
What I was struck most at this year's Davos was an awareness that inequality of the world's wealth and unfair distribution of our riches is a moral outrage and that business leaders needed to develop a philosophy of social corporate responsability. The theme "Building Trust" struck a major chord and I sensed there was a deep feeling of humility about this year's conference.
Lessons learnt. Davos is also about new insights and ideas. What did you learn at this year's Davos?
I believe there is a growing awareness among business leaders that the whole process of globalisation is under judgement. We are being challenged to address the worrying social, environmental and development problems facing the First World.