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2nd European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange

Programme 21/22 November 2017

(You find the programme as a download at the bottom of this page)



12:00 - 13:30

Arrival, registration and lunch

13:30 - 13:45

Welcome and outline of conference programme

Stefan Huber, Deputy Head Swiss Re Foundation
Beate Eckhardt, Executive Director SwissFoundations
James Magowan, Coordinating Director DAFNE

13:45 - 15:00

Opening Plenary

13:45 - 14:00

What a Corporate Foundation means to the company

A corporate perspective reflecting on how corporate foundations are perceived and how they add value to business.

Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re

14:00 - 14:30

Foundation responses

Three Corporate Foundations reflect on the relationship between the corporation and the foundation - strengths and success factors.

Leslie Johnston, Executive Director C&A Foundation 
Davide Triacca, Secretary General Costa Crociere Foundation
Manuel Rybach, Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy of Credit Suisse and Managing Director Credit Suisse Foundation
14:30 - 15:00

Facilitated table discussions on issues arising – including a speed dating of the participants

animated by Curdin Duschletta, CEO UBS Stiftung für Soziales und Ausbildung

15:00 - 18:15

Session 1: Assets and liabilities

15:00 - 15:20

Managing Corporate Foundations – Does the context matter?

Presentation on the internal and external influences that help or hinder effective work of corporate foundations such as international contexts, impact through collaborations and partnerships, influences of governmental regulations, etc.

Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein, Director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies CEPS at the University of Basel

15:20 - 15:30

Introduction to the Elephant in the Room sessions

James Magowan, Co-ordinating Director DAFNE

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:45

The Elephant in the Room

4 moderated breakout sessions to consider big issues often avoided. Participants will rotate
and spend 20 minutes on each issue.


Elephant 1 – Are corporate assets and resources such as people, knowhow and money
being utilized to their full potential?

Topic rapporteur is Beate Eckhardt, SwissFoundations
Group I. with Sonia Chhatwal, DHL UK Foundation
Group II. with Paul Streets, Lloyds Bank Foundation England and Wales
Group III. with Martina Gaus, UBS Optimus Foundations
Group IV. with Jenny Impey, John Laing Charitable Trust

Elephant 2 – Does reputational risk inhibit the work of the foundation, when is the funding
corporation a liability?

Topic rapporteur is James Magowan, DAFNE
Group I. to be confirmed
Group II. with Stefan Rissi, JTI Foundation
Group III. with Harriet Stranks, Lloyds Bank Foundation England and Wales
Group IV. to be confirmed

Elephant 3 – How can a corporate foundation contribute to informing strategy and
operations of the funding corporation?

Topic rapporteur is Madgalena Pekacka, Forum Darczyńców
Group I. with Delphine Lalu, Fondation d‘entreprise AG2R LA MONDIALE
Group II. with Jorge Ballester Surroca, Fundación Elecnor
Group III. with Stephan Muschick, innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft GmbH
Group IV. with Patricia Benchenna, Schneider Electric Foundation

Elephant 4 – Does our brand support and/or inhibit us in what we do or who we work with?

Topic rapporteur is Carola Carazzone, Assifero
Group I. with Andrea Servaty, Deutsche Telekom Stiftung
Group II. with Lisa Poupaud, Fondation Chanel
Group III. with Marianne Eshet, Fondation SNCF
Group IV. with Paloma Del Val Tolosana, Fundación BBVA para las Microfinanzas

Group facilitators

Group I. with Beatrice de Durfort, Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations CFF
Group II. with Rosa Gallego, Asociación Española de Fundaciones AEF
Group III. with Anke Pätsch, Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen
Group IV. with Esther Thompson, Association of Charitable Foundations ACF
17:45 - 18:15

Feedback by the 4 rapporteurs and plenary discussion



BUS A: from the venue to the city center/Bürkliplatz
BUS B: from the venue to the city center/Bürkliplatz and then directly to the Impact Hub


Evening Programme «Exchange and Enjoy at Impact Hub Zurich»


Cocktail and guided tours through the Impact Hub



by Niels Roth, Program Director at the Impact Hub, and Beate Eckhardt, Executive Director SwissFoundations


Exciting food, inspiring talks & a great atmosphere


Impact Hub Zurich, Sihlquai 133, CH-8005 Zurich
More Information on the venue on

Transfer hotel

Visitors may organise the transfer to their hotels by themselves.


We are very thankful for the generous support from

Credit Suisse Group
JTI Foundation
Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation
Sight and Life Foundation
Swiss Re Foundation
Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Z Zurich Foundation







BUS: from the city center/Bürkliplatz to the venue

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome coffee

09:00 - 10:30

Session 2: How to engage in a wider framework?

09:00 - 09:15

What do the SDGs mean for Corporate Foundations?

Introduction to topic with Steven Serneels, Chair EVPA, and Malgorzata Zdzienicka, President Foundation BGZ BNP Paribas

09:15 - 09:30

Corporate Foundations speaking out – challenges in playing an advocacy role

Introduction to topic with Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive Lloyds Bank Foundation England and Wales, and Patricia Benchenna, General Director Schneider Electric Foundation

09:30 - 10:30

Parallel discussion groups

A) What do the SDGs mean for Corporate Foundations?
Are we engaged with the SDGs? How can I make them relevant to my work? Is there
strategic and operational alignment between the foundation and my funding corporation
in respect of the SDGs?

Steven Serneels, EVPA
Malgorzata Zdzienicka, Foundation BGZ BNP Paribas

B) Corporate Foundations speaking out – challenges in playing an advocacy role
What are the implications of a corporate foundation playing an advocacy role? What is unique to the voice that corporate foundations can bring?

Paul Streets, Lloyds Bank Foundation England and Wales
Patricia Benchenna, Schneider Electric Foundation

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:30

Session 3: What can we do next?

11:00 - 11:30

Thinking differently – new approaches to making a difference

The Big Elephant in the room - Is the Corporate Foundation model still relevant?

Amanda Jordan OBE, Chair of Association of Charitable Foundations ACF, Executive Chair of Corporate Citizenship

11:30 - 12:00

Roundtable discussions

What are country specific and corporate culture challenges?
What can the national association do to support corporate foundations?
Is there more that can be learnt from international engagement in respect of new

12:00 - 12:30

Table Feedback and plenary discussion

12:30 - 12:45

Thank you and conference closure

James Magowan, Co-ordinating Director DAFNE
Beate Eckhardt, Executive Director SwissFoundations

12:45 - 14:00




BUS A: from the venue to Zurich Main Train Station
BUS B: from the venue to Zurich Airport



2nd European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange 2017

Images © 2017 SwissFoundations, Regina Jäger

Conference Reports

DAFNE | «Corporate Foundations in Zurich: A significant ‘second’»

by Theresa Gehringer

About 96 representatives from corporate foundations, national foundation associations and research institutes from eleven European countries came together on 21 and 22 November 2017 at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon/Zurich. Following the first European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange in December 2016 in Fontainebleau, DAFNE, the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, and SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations, invited to a second conference in Switzerland.


Alliance Blog | «The good, the bad and the unspeakable – corporate foundations gather in Switzerland»

by Theresa Gehringer

Under this striking slogan, the second European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange took place on the 21 and 22 of November 2017. Following the first edition in December 2016 in France, DAFNE and SwissFoundations invited to a second meeting in Switzerland hosted by the Swiss Re Foundation in Rüschlikon.

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