The Family Business Network is the world’s leading organization of business families
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Lausanne, FBN has the mission to offer business families a safe space to learn from, share with and inspire each other about: how to guide the family involvement in the business; facilitate relationships within the family; raise awareness and importance of the family business models in society.
FBN is a federation of 32 Member Associations spanning 65 countries. The Global network gathers 4,000 business families – encompassing 17,000 individuals of which 6,400 are Next Generation.
A community of communities
FBN welcomes all business families members!
Our 6 different communities are tailored to the needs and interests of our members according to their generation, topic, role:
Our wide offer of international events varies from in-person to online events.
Our newly established online activities gather the following formats:
- Global Webinar Series: Our webinars for bigger audience focus on general topics and are presented by knowledgeable speakers.
- Community Gatherings: Members of the same community discuss, learn and come together in these interactive and smaller formats.
- Master Class: Peer-to-peer learning format with discussions and exchanges between members inspired by real cases, facilitated by leading practitioners.
Our events offer a safe space where business families can learn from, share with and inspire each other in a variety of formal and informal settings.
FBN-UNCTAD joint initiative: Family Business for Sustainable Development
Family Business for Sustainable Development is a partnership between FBN & the United Nations focused on advancing sustainability practices of family businesses and creating a shared prosperity for all.
The FBSD Pledge, issued from this partnership, is a global statement for business-owning families, their firms and the wider family business ecosystem to promote a more purpose driven business model therefore contributing to global sustainable development, inclusive growth and prosperity for all.
FBN NxG Lombard Odier Award 2020
Together with Lombard Odier, we have nominated three promising young family business entrepreneurs as finalists in the 12th FBN NxG Lombard Odier Award.
The winner was revealed during a special edition of FBN online Coffee with Entrepreneurs on October 29:
Max Parmentier, G5 of Bekaert and founder of Birdie Home Care Software, has been designated winner of the award, by a jury of senior business leaders and entrepreneur.
The public also had the opportunity to vote for their favourite project and elect the people’s choice award. This price was given to Preeyam Budhia, G3 of Patton Group and founder of Embracing Green.
Further information on our winners’ projects and the 2021 edition are available online.
A Global Network
Join our vibrant global network today! FBN's 33 Member Associations cover North America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Reach out to the Member Association in your country to learn more about the local programs and events they organize for networking, learning and sharing.
Online Global Family Gathering
In 2020, we have all learn to adapt and connect in different ways, but our need to bring the family together remained untouched.
Hence, we held on November 12-13, our first global online event: Global Family Gathering - Together Apart.
This innovative event was structured on 2 half days and combined three different format of learning:
Plenaries speakers to Inspire to Lead; Real case-studies to Learn to Thrive; Peer-to-peer learning to Exchange to Sustain.
400+ members from around the world, learned, exchanged and had fun together and in family.
The success of the event resulted from great and relevant content, interactive format of sessions, new networking opportunities and a top quality event platform.
In addition, the access to the recordings of many sessions, up to 1 month after the event, added significant value to our participants’ experience.
FBN enables our members to thrive and transform across generations to build a more sustainable future. Our events offer a safe space where business families can learn from, share with and inspire each other in a variety of formal and informal settings.
FBN is an inclusive organization that welcomes all business family members. We are a community of communities that develops programming tailored to the wide needs and interests of our members including by generation, role, and topic.
“We think in generations, not in quarters”
With their inherent focus on long term success, business families are natural advocates for a more conscious capitalism as they seek to leave a positive legacy for generations to come.
A stimulating and lively community, FBN organizes 750 activities annually across our network. On the international stage, we host a Global Summit and a NxG Summit every year, as well as community-specific gatherings like the NxG Entrepreneurship Day and the Polaris Impact Forum.
Our Global Network
Our 32 Member Associations cover North America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.
Each Member Association organizes and coordinates its own programs and events for networking, education and training.