The Swiss retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler laid the foundations for the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, GDI, in 1962. His goal was to establish an institute where free thought about the future of the world took centre stage, an institute that contributed to economic and social progress and that put people before profit.
And we’ve stayed loyal to this vision to this very day. At the GDI, we foster courage and quench curiosity. We inspire and empower people and organisations to shape their industries and take a positive view of the future.
WHAT WE OFFER
One thing has stayed the same since we were established in 1962: hardly anything is certain. We can only imagine what the future will bring. So, how can you ensure that your company will remain vibrant and relevant for the customers of tomorrow? We research the future, create future-looking studies, host conferences, develop innovation strategies and unlock leadership potential for successful transformations. Our work focuses on the fields of food, retail and health. As an event location, we bring people together at our exceptional premises.
THE GDI IN A NUTSHELL
OUR FOCUS TOPICS
The GDI focuses its activities on the topics of retail, food and health and examines them from the perspectives of consumption, society, technology and the environment.
The researchers at the GDI think tank analyse trends across their entire lifespan, draw up potential future scenarios and invite you to reflect on the relevance of these developments for your company.
Thinking about the future is only useful if it improves decision-making. The GDI works with you to translate insights into targeted solutions with specific business value.
In collaboration with your senior managers, we explore your purpose, vision and values to ensure successful, sustainable transformations. As part of this process, we focus on effective management for the benefit of the company, society and the planet.
We’ve won multiple awards as a top location and will organise your events to satisfy the most exacting quality standards. The institute’s pioneering spirit, paired with its unique positioning and stunning views over the city of Zurich and the lake basin, turn your events into an unparalleled experience.