As one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, ICRC strives to protect and assist victims of conflict. The ICRC has been at the forefront of humanitarian innovation since its inception 151 years ago. Its very creation and its first successes -the creation of the ICRC, the Red Cross Movement and the passing of the first Geneva Convention-were a stroke of humanitarian and diplomatic genius by a group of Geneva businessmen. Having said that, the state of the world today, and the speed of change in most spheres require a higher capacity to innovate, change, and adapt. It is in recognition of this and in view of further strengthening the institution’s capacity to innovate and respond to the needs of victims of conflict that the ICRC has launched the GPHI2.
IMD is a top-ranked business school. IMD professors and staff are experts in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education. The Evian Group@IMD is an international coalition of corporate, government and opinion leaders committed to fostering an open, inclusive, and sustainable global market economy. As a research center at IMD, it focuses its efforts on promoting a better understanding of how multilateral rules and governance can help businesses and societies to benefit from economic globalization.
Foundation of the Partners and former Partners of Lombard Odier & Cie and their families, Fondation Lombard Odier is a public utility grant-making foundation, member of SwissFoundations and of the European Foundation Centre. A long tradition of philanthropic engagement is continued by today’s partners, with a focus on innovation through privileged relationships with key institutions such as ICRC in the humanitarian field, EPFL in scientific research, venture kick for the emergence of new talents and technologies, and WWF International in the area of sustainable development.
Since 2011, the Fondation Lombard Odier has been working with the ICRC to enhance the organization’s capacity to become more innovative, better respond to the challenges faced and improve the collaboration with the private sector, relying first of all on ICRC’s diverse and committed work force in 80 field delegations and at headquarters. As a result of this impulse, an Innovation Cell and a Corporate Partnerships Unit were created at ICRC headquarters in Geneva and a series of humanitarian innovation pilots launched in the field. Fondation Lombard Odier and the ICRC are now defining a multi-year strategy in support of innovation that would include several work streams, such as promoting a culture and systems that facilitate innovation and exploring new forms of partnership and resource mobilization.
Lombard Odier became an active member of the committee that paved the way for the creation of the ICRC in the mid of the 19th century and is one of the seven founding members of ICRC’s Corporate Support Group. The President of the Fondation Lombard Odier, Thierry Lombard, is a member of ICRC Assembly.