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One Young World.


Facing global challenges together and creating lasting, worldwide connections is the central idea behind One Young World (OYW), which was founded in 2009 as a charitable organisation by David Jones and Kate Robertson in the UK. Since then, OYW has gone from success to success and expanded considerably over the years. Today, thousands of young talents from companies, NGOs and universities around the globe gather at the annual summit to debate and rethink issues such as education, social projects, climate and environmental protection and to expand their networks. Imagining and actively shaping a new kind of future is the aim of the One Young World Summit, built on a foundation of collective social engagement.


Imagining and actively shaping a new kind of future is not only the guiding principle of the One Young World organisation, but also firmly anchored in the BMW Group’s consciousness. The company takes its responsibility for society and the environment seriously and makes commitment in these areas a priority. The BMW Group supports its employees in shaping their own future, with a special focus on developing young talents: The company guides these individuals through the personal development process, encourages them to develop an overview of the entire company through training and helps them establish a personal network. The aim is to enable them to become committed, visionary managers, who form the foundation of successful cooperation within a future-oriented BMW Group and make an active contribution to real corporate citizenship.


The One Young World Summit brings together young leaders between 18 and 30 from around the world who are active in the social domain. For delegates, this is more than just an opportunity to discuss innovative solutions to global challenges and work on ways to solve the world’s problems. The BMW Group has sent its own delegation of committed young leaders since 2016. Since 2017, Board of Management member Peter Schwarzenbauer serve in an advisory capacity as an OYW Summit counsellor.

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MUNICH 2021.

The One Young World Summit 2021 will be held in Munich. “Innovation” has emerged as the key theme of the Munich congress, where pride of place will be given to the opportunities and risks associated with digitalisation, its impact on the economy and society, social innovations and innovations in the field of sustainability.

Since the first delegation in 2016, the circle of OYW ambassadors has also included BMW Group employees. The company therefore welcomes the plan by the City of Munich to host the OYW Summit 2021. As a partner of the event, the BMW Group will provide support through its substantive and organisational expertise. As example for innovation in the region, the BMW Group works in close partnership with the City of Munich. Both partners have always promoted the city’s innovative spirit.

LONDON 2019.

For its tenth anniversary, the ONE YOUNG WORLD Summit is going back to its roots in London. More than 1,500 young leaders from around the world will gather at the event in Westminster between 22-25 October 2019.


The One Young World Summit 2018, the ninth of its kind, was held in The Hague. Young managers from international companies met with aspiring leaders from emerging and developing countries to discuss economic, social and political issues from new perspectives.

The BMW Group was represented at the four-day congress from 17-20 October 2018 by 36 delegates from ten different countries. Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG Peter Schwarzenbauer once again served as a "counsellor" this year.

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BOGOTÁ 2017.

The BMW Group delegation and Board of Management Member Peter Schwarzenbauer, who served as a counsellor, attended the One Young World Summit in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, from 4-6 October 2017. Once again this year, young leaders and major figures from around the world came together to discuss topics from international politics and education to economic developments and social entrepreneurship. This year’s speakers included Nobel Peace Prize winners and human rights activists Professor Muhammad Yunus and Tawakkol Karman, as well as former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

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BMW Group Delegation - Ottawa Summit 2016.

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One Young World.

The One Young World future forum provides young people with a platform for imagining and actively creating a new future today. More information on the OYW summit and conference topics, as well as the organisation’s other activities, can be found here: