About Us

FBN Tree

Our Network

The Family Business Network is the world’s leading organization of business families. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Lausanne, FBN is a federation of Member Associations spanning 65 countries.

A vibrant community, FBN brings together 4,000 business families – encompassing 16,000 individual members of which 6,400 are Next Generation  – through 750 activities, events organized annually.

FBN Tree

Our Purpose

To enable business families to thrive and transform across generations to build a sustainable future

Our Mission

We 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 and raise the awareness and importance of family business models in society

Our Values

  • Confidentiality and non-solicitation
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Commitment and Involvement
  • Fun
  • Be a force for good

Our Governance

FBN is a registered not-for-profit association under article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code. FBN Governance bodies include:

  • The General Assembly
    The General Assembly is the supreme authority of FBN. It is composed of the Presidents of all its Member Associations.
  • The Board of Directors
    The Board oversees the general business and strategy of FBN. It is composed of 12 FBN members and the CEO, who is Secretary to the Board of DirectorsHonorary Board Members are former Board Chairs who are recognized for their long time contribution and services to the FBN community
  • The Next Generation Leadership Team
    By NxGs for NxGs, the NxG Communitiy is led by the NxG Leadership Team – an international group of Next Generation volunteers, all in different phases of involvement in their family businesses. Their mission: To take NxGs places they thought they would never go.
  • The Team
    More than 100 executives work for the network around the world. At the federation level, the Central Team mission is to inspire, nurture and connect FBN Member Associations, their executives and their members worldwide.

The Ambassadors’ Circle

Established in 2014, the Ambassadors’ Circle is a group of FBN members that have played a leadership role in shaping FBN. Its mission is to help FBN develop, grow and flourish by actively contributing to the network at an international and local level. The Ambassadors’ Circle is neither a governing body of FBN, nor an honorary circle of retired family members.

 

The Polaris Committee

Polaris is a global movement of family business focused on maximizing our social, environmental and economic impact. Since our launch in 2014 we have developed 40 case studies of FBN members using business as a force for good, partnered with leading names in the Impact space and created innovative platforms for learning such as Polaris Circles, Polaris Impact Forum and the Polaris Training with Al Gore.