The downswing in Davos parties
“Concern is growing,” explains the Code, “that the unique and special nature of the Annual Meeting is being jeopardised by behaviour and activities contrary to the ‘spirit of Davos’”. As a result, everybody here is “expected to respect the non-commercial nature of the event”; “avoid organising private events or functions that conflict with the programme of the Annual Meeting”; and “not extend invitations to guests who are not registered participants in the Annual Meeting”. On top of that, it’s an explicit violation of the Code to “pay honoraria to speakers at private events or activities organised during the Annual Meeting regardless of whether or not they are participants in the Annual Meeting”.
Not everybody respects the code, of course. Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk flouts it most visibly, every year, with a huge event at the Morosani hotel. But even the WEF-iest companies seem to be happy to break the code whenever they feel like it. Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, for instance, has been a co-chair of the entire meeting in the past, and is still deeply
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