50th St. Gallen Symposium "Freedom Revisited": 7–8 May 2020


Supporting Institutions

Sharing the same values with great institutions.

Our initiative is not only fortunate enough to count on manyfold support coming from internationally renowned corporations, but also from institutions that identify with our philosophy of fostering cross-generational dialogue between three generations of leaders. This includes our synergetic bond to the University of St. Gallen, and also to our long-standing friendship with foundations that make contribution for specific initiatives that matter to us, the region, and to our global community.

University of St. Gallen: Our alma mater

As one of Europe's leading business schools, we are proud to have hosted every St. Gallen Symposium since its inception in 1969 on the campus of the University of St. Gallen. The university campus is situated on the hill above the city of St. Gallen and offers a picturesque view of Lake Constance, Mount Säntis and the Rhine Valley. Today, the HSG has one of the largest management faculties in Continental Europe and over 7,000 full time students. Renowned for its proximity to the business world, its basic and applied research and the quality of its graduates, the University of St. Gallen enjoys an unrivalled reputation.

Max Schmidheiny Foundation

The Max Schmidheiny Foundation at the University of St. Gallen is a close and valued partner of the St. Gallen Symposium which has supported the ISC with lectures held by distinguished personalities at the St. Gallen Symposium. Founded by prominent Swiss industrialist Dr Max Schmidheiny in 1978, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation is committed to fostering a liberal economic and social order. Between 1979 and 2003 the Max Schmidheiny Foundation awarded its internationally renowned annual Freedom Prize at the St. Gallen Symposium to individuals and institutions who have made a significant contribution to the preservation and development of personal freedom and responsibility. Winners included Kofi Annan, The Economist, Nicolas G. Hayek, the International Committee of the Red Cross, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus.

Ria & Arthur Dietschweiler Stiftung

The Ria & Arthur Dietschweiler Foundation is a St. Gallen-based organisation with a strong will to advance the region of St. Gallen in the fields of education, culture and society. The foundation is known and respected as a future-oriented actor and was founded by Ria and Arthur Dietschweiler who were successful entrepreneurs in food wholesale with companies in Munich and St. Gallen. With the support of the Dietschweiler Foundation, the results and findings of the annual symposium will be presented and discussed in the St. Gallen Symposium Public Forum. The support caters to a strong basis for cross-generational solutions and positive impact for our globe.