Initiatives of Change is an international movement, active in 60 countries and formally incorporated in 44 countries. Each national body is independent but may affiliate to Initiatives of Change International.
A voluntary association
Initiatives of Change International is a voluntary association of independent national legal bodies of Initiatives of Change (IofC). It was founded in April, 2002, under the Presidency of Cornelio Sommaruga, former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr Sommaruga was succeeded as President by Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun and Prof Rajmohan Gandhi. Suresh Vazirani is the current President, elected in July of 2018, and is preceded in position by Dr Omnia Marzouk.
Initiatives of Change International is headquartered in Caux, Switzerland, and governed under the civil code of Switzerland.
Membership is open to all Initiatives of Change national chapters and to individuals or other entities in countries where there is no formal legal body. The following are currently Full or Associate Members: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, Creators of Peace, Denmark, Finland, Foundations for Freedom, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, International Farmers’ Dialogue, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States.
IofC International has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It stresses the importance of personal responsibility, ethical leadership and building trust across the world’s divides.
Initiatives of Change International represents the universality and multi-faith character of the movement and facilitates its relationships with the United Nations and other international institutions and organizations through its Geneva office.
Initiatives of Change International is an active participant in Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe, and helped draft the Conference’s contribution to the Council of Europe’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue.