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.
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.
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.
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.
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.