Terms of Individual Membership
All members accepted into the Expert Network are expected to adhere to the principles of this charter. Membership is reviewed on a rolling basis without a definitive term limit. The World Economic Forum reserves the right to terminate membership at any point based on a member’s non-engagement or violation of the principles of the charter. Similarly, a member can choose to disengage at any time.
Expert Network membership is personal; members represent themselves and not their organizations. No alternates are permitted – each nomination is evaluated individually.
Membership of the Expert Network does not grant or imply the Forum’s endorsement or sponsorship of the member’s goods or services or otherwise express any preferences for, or promotion of, the member’s activities or their organization’s goods or services.
Engagement is considered to be:
- Sharing knowledge or engaging in discussions taking place on the digital platform on any of the 100+ topic areas
- Responding to calls for action by the World Economic Forum, its Partner organizations or other members of the Expert Network
- Contributing knowledge and thought leadership via content products such as blogs, articles or reports through the Forum’s digital media channels
- Connecting with fellow members on issues, ideas of projects of common interest.
Compliance and Ethics
The Forum’s independence and intellectual integrity are of the utmost importance to the preservation of the Forum’s unique status as an international organization and its close relationship with the entirety of its constituents. The Forum adheres to the principles of human dignity, nondiscrimination, fair treatment, ethical business, business integrity, anti-corruption, social responsibility, economic sustainability, fair competition, good governance, fair labour practice, health and safety, environmental protection, animal welfare and the rule of law.
Experts shall safeguard those principles and avoid any action or inaction that could conflict with such principles, and refrain from any initiative or activity linked to the Expert Network that would conflict with those principles in respect to the mission of the Forum and its Code of Conduct.
Intellectual Rigour and Integrity
The network comprises the world’s foremost leading experts. Its outputs, therefore, reflect the highest intellectual rigour, produced and distributed in a manner in compliance with established standards for integrity and intellectual property sharing.
The intellectual property of content and contributions made in the context of the Expert Network shall remain the property of each contributing Expert Network member. Upon acceptance of nomination, each member grants to the World Economic Forum a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, non-revocable, perpetual licence to reproduce, print, publish, distribute, broadcast, make available to the public, copy and store this content and contributions in any medium, in particular on the Forum’s virtual platform or in any other means that it deems necessary to publicize the Expert Network community.
Each member of the Expert Network shall make fair use of knowledge and insight gained in the course of their related activities. Members are responsible for the content they share and must ensure their contributions do not infringe on any third-party intellectual property rights.
The sharing of deliberations or related written or recorded materials outside Forum communities by Expert Network members is not permitted without the expressed consent of the World Economic Forum.
Projects, initiatives, publications, meetings and any other outcomes of the work of the Expert Network are not automatically endorsed by the World Economic Forum and cannot be branded as such without the Forum’s written permission.
The World Economic Forum may not be held liable for any third-party claims regarding the unauthorized use of content submitted by an Expert Network member. Expert Network members agree to indemnify and hold harmless the World Economic Forum, their officers, directors, employees and agents against any and all claims, suits, actions, costs, counsel fees, expenses, damages, losses, liabilities, judgements and decrees in this regard.
The use of the World Economic Forum’s intellectual property (including, but not limited to, trademarks and logos), whether printed or in electronic format, is not permitted unless expressly authorized by the World Economic Forum.
Confidentiality and Data Protection
Members are reminded that the securities laws of various jurisdictions and countries restrict trading of securities while in possession of material, non-public information about those securities. Members must, therefore, avoid disclosing any such information and, if disclosed in conjunction with the activities of the Expert Network, may not use that information in a way that may violate such laws.
The sharing of deliberations or related written or recorded materials outside Forum communities will be subject to the approval of the Forum’s Knowledge Networks and Analysis team who can be contacted at ExpertNetwork@weforum.org
Members are also reminded that personal data must be protected. For the purposes of this charter, the term “personal data” shall mean any data or information relating to any identified or identifiable legal or natural person that is protected by applicable law. In the case of the World Economic Forum, “personal data” shall include, without limitation, personal data of the (i) World Economic Forum (as well as Beijing and Japan offices); (ii) World Economic Forum USA; (iii) their Partners, members, officers, directors, employees, consultants, attorneys, accountants or agents; as well as (iv) any participants in World Economic Forum events and/or activities.
Compliance with Antitrust/Competition laws
Similarly, members are reminded that the antitrust/ competition laws of various jurisdictions limit coordination of commercial activities, exchanges of competitively sensitive information and other behaviour that may distort market competition.
Members, therefore, must avoid any discussions or activities that may violate such laws. Members acknowledge the World Economic Forum’s Guidelines on Competition Law, available here
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
This charter – and all questions, claims or disputes arising from the charter – shall be governed by Swiss law and the exclusive place of jurisdiction shall be Geneva, Switzerland.
Comments or questions – get in touch
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by sending us an email at ExpertNetwork@weforum.org