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:
FBN Global Summit, Tokyo
OCT 30 - NOV 02, 2024
In this edition of the Global Summit we will explore:
Why ownership matters
How to combine different generations in defining the ownership strategy
How to entice new generations to embrace ownership
What are the development needs of owners
How to develop education for owners
To whom do owners owe their responsibility
How do culture and values impact longevity in Family Business
Integrating traditions, resilience & innovation to increase longevity
NxG International Summit, The Hague
MAY 30 - JUN 02, 2024
What does owning the unknown mean?
In today's landscape, responsible family owners need to navigate unknown challenges by handling privilege and sacrifice, embracing diversity, and driving meaningful impact. In this edition of the NxG International Summit, we will delve into ownership, embarking on a journey to uncover the depths of family businesses.
Polaris Evolves to Impact
2024 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Polaris Community. As a network, we have much to be proud of. Members across all regions took positive action on transforming their businesses into more sustainable enterprises, evidenced in the many success stories documented from across the globe. Family Business for Sustainable Development (FBSD), a platform we developed in partnership with the United Nations, delivered on an ambitious goal of getting scores of family businesses to begin reporting on sustainability indicators designed specifically for family firms.
The evolution of Polaris to Impact is with the intention of mobilizing the power of the FBN global community to act, in cooperation, towards creating systemic change. The Impact Community will deliver on this intent by focusing its efforts on four drivers of change – Business, Investment, Philanthropy, and Advocacy.
In 2024, you can expect to experience curated learning content to help you get started on any of the 4 drivers of change, along with “Open Spaces” if you are ready to take action in strategic philanthropy and impact investments.
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 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.