Berne Declaration

The Berne Declaration is a Swiss non-governmental organization with 21,000 members. We have been promoting more equitable, sustainable and democratic North-South relations since 1968. We urge Swiss corporations, banks, export risk agencies and private insurers, government agencies to act in a socially and ecologically responsible manner around the world and encourage them to take a leading role in promoting equitable development, respect human rights and environmental and social standards in their policies and projects. To this end, we carry out research, run campaigns to raise public awareness and do advocacy work. The Berne Declaration currently runs the following programs: International financial relations, Private Finance, World Economic Forum in Davos/ Public Eye Awards, Agriculture, Clean Clothes Campaign, Health, Commodities and Consumer Affairs.

The Berne Declaration also organizes the yearly critical counter-event to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, called «The Public Eye Awards», which runs a website in English, German and French: The Public Eye is a platform for substantial criticism of "purely profit-oriented globalization. Since 2005 the renowned naming&shaming awards shine an international spotlight on corporate scandals and urge companies to implement Corporate Social Accountability.

International financial relations program

The Berne Declaration’s international financial relations program seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of project finance and capital flows of private, public and international financial institutions in environmentally and socially sensitive sectors. We prompt governments, banks, export risk agencies, insurance, business and international financial institutions like the World Bank and the African Development Bank to more systematically incorporate environmental and social standards, human rights and climate change considerations into their mainstream lending practices. The BD collaborates in international NGO campaigns against destructive large infrastructure projects. It helped to create the World Commission on Dams in 1997 and continues to advocate for the implementation of its recommendations. Other priority areas include the water-, large dams-, fossil fuels and forest sector, extractive industries as well as tax and debt issues.

The Berne Declaration is completely independent, and derives most of its revenues from individual membership fees and donations. It has secretariats in Zurich and Lausanne for the German and French speaking regions and a small branch in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. The Berne Declaration is an active member of many international NGO networks.

Contact information

The BD runs a website in German, English and French ( and regularly publishes magazines and a printed newsletter in German (“Erklärung”), French (“Solidaire”), and once a year in English (“BD News”). We also publish a bi-monthly electronic newsletter on current activities (in German only): EvB-Newsletter.

Address:Berne Declaration
P.O. Box 212
CH-1000 Lausanne 9

Phone +41 620 03 03
Fax +41 21 620 03 00