economiesuisse's mission is to create an optimal economic environment for Swiss
business. In order to achieve this, it aims to preserve entrepreneurial freedom
for all businesses, to continuously improve Switzerland's global
competitiveness in manufacturing, services, and research, and to promote
sustained growth as a prerequisite for a high level of employment in
Our activities are based on the decisions of the general assembly of our
members, the full board of directors and the committee of the board of
directors. Permanent commissions, ad hoc working groups and various expert
committees ensure the ongoing integration of the expertise of the respective
associations and businesses into economiesuisse's position on the issues.
economiesuisse has offices in Zurich (head office), Geneva, Berne, Lugano and
Brussels, and employs some 55 people. Through our BUSINESSEUROPE (Confederation
of European Business) membership and our participation in its working groups,
our federation has close links with other top European economic associations.
economiesuisse is also a member of the BIAC (Business and Industry Advisory
Committee of the OECD) hosts ICC Switzerland, the Swiss chapter of the ICC
(International Chamber of Commerce).
As mentioned in our mission statement,
our work is centred around the following
Economic and monetary policies
Public finance and taxation
International economic relations
Education and research
Infrastructure, energy and environmental policies
economiesuisse maintains close and regular contact with the Swiss government,
the administration and parliament. It is our task to recognize important
economic policy issues at an early stage and to lobby intensively at all stages
of the legislative process. In practice this means participating in various
commissions and working groups of experts, preparing legislation, participating
in the legislative approval process, continuously monitoring governmental and
parliamentary decisions and actively participating in public referendums.
economiesuisse works closely with other organizations with similar interests to
achieve all possible synergies.
economiesuisse, a partner in business, competently represents the interests of
its members on numerous federal committees such as the Federal Commission of
Economic Policies, the Federal Commission for the Universities of Applied
Sciences, the Federal Competition Commission, Swiss Export Risk Insuarance (SERV), the Consultative Commission for Foreign Economic Affairs, the
Customs Experts' Commission, the International Development Co-operation Commission,
the Federal Statistics Commission, Consumer Affairs Commission, etc.
The Swiss Economy
With a nominal gross domestic product of around 600 billion Swiss francs and a
per capita income of SFr 74,000, Switzerland is one of the most prosperous
countries in the world. Switzerland has excellent qualifications for continued
success in the global economy of the future. Growing international interaction
between countries has increased the challenges facing economic decisionmakers
at both national and international levels. We are here to help meet those
demands: in the future, Switzerland must remain one of the most competitive
economies in the world. That is our vision.
Principles of Conduct
economiesuisse engages in matters in the common interest of its members and the
Swiss economy in general. In its activities, it strictly observes all
applicable rules and regulations. As a matter of principle, no exchange of
competitively sensitive information takes place at meetings and in other
activities of economiesuisse (including information among competitors on price,
customers, production data, competitive strategies or plans, or on any other
non-public, competitively sensitive information) due to the focus on general
Who we are
Monika Rühl, Chairwoman of the Executive Board
economiesuisse is the result of a merger between the Swiss Federation of Commerce and Industry (Vorort) and the Society for the Promotion of the Swiss economy (wf). economiesuisse's direct membership includes 100 trade and industry associations, 20 cantonal chambers of commerce and several individual companies.
The following sectors and industries are represented by economiesuisse: advertising, advisory services, banking, cement, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, communication and media, construction, energy, engineering, food products, hotel and tourism, information technology, insurance, machinery, electrical and metalworking industries, packaging, paper and cardboard, plastics, telecommunications, textile and clothing, tobacco, trading, transport and distribution, watchmaking.
economiesuisse works conjointly with the Swiss Employers Association and maintains close contact with the Swiss Association of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Start of public consultation concerning revision of the "Swiss Code"
The "Swiss Code" has served as a guideline for Corporate Governance since the year 2002 and has been a significant influence on the development of corporations. The chan-ging environment has made it necessary for the "Swiss Code" to be amended following the first revision in 2007. economiesuisse will publicly present the proposed amendments by the end of June, and invites any interested parties to give their comments on them.
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economiesuisse Board elects Monika Rühl as new Director
«We are delighted that
in Monika Rühl we have been able to elect a top-class personality with
experience of leadership, who, quite apart from tremendous competence in all
the relevant economic-policy dossiers, has a healthy instinct in matters of
social importance,» declared Heinz Karrer, President of economiesuisse, after
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Swiss electorate in favour of reintroduction of quotas
Today the Swiss electorate voted in favour of the “Stop Mass Immigration” initiative launched by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP). The umbrella organisations within the Swiss business sector, who had joined forces with political parties, trade unions and other bodies in support of the rejection of this initiative by Parliament and the Federal Council, have expressed their disappointment over the outcome of the referendum. This democratic decision now has to be implemented in an appropriate and unbureaucratic manner in order to minimise the negative impacts on Switzerland as a business centre.
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Over 140 high-level business representatives from both countries attended the Switzerland – Korea Business Forum which was organised in Bern in the wake of the visit of the Korean President Park Geun-hye to Switzerland on Monday, January 20th, 2014. Before the event, several Memorandums of Understanding on enhanced business cooperation were signed.
After the European Union Innovation Scoreboard 2013 ranked Switzerland once again at the top of the most innovative countries in Europe the Swiss model could play an increasing role as a point of reference for Europe in the years to come. On 24 April 2013 economiesuisse organizes, together with SwissCore and the Mission of Switzerland in Brussels, an information briefing to discuss with European policy makers how to best foster innovation. more »
Despite various unfavourable indicators, Switzerland’s economy held up well in 2012 and defied both the euro crisis and the strength of the Swiss franc. But unfortunately, this difficult environment is unlikely to improve in 2013. The umbrella organisation for the Swiss business sector – economiesuisse – has noted with some concern that the will on the part of many of Europe’s heavily indebted states to implement reforms is already waning again. Under these circumstances, in real terms the growth of Switzerland’s gross domestic product is unlikely to exceed 0.6 percent in 2013, though the unemployment rate is expected to remain low.
The debt brake will be ten years old in 2013. It is the Swiss government’s most important financial policy instrument. It has led to the successful consolidation of the federal budget and is popular beyond the country's borders. As a transparent, binding yet flexible instrument, it possesses the properties that are essential for a rule-based financial policy. In other countries it is used as a model for similar safeguards, but in Switzerland it has faced a certain amount of criticism, even though it has proved to be effective in times of economic boom as well as in crises. Calls for adjustments are placing the further reduction of debt in question, and there are even some explicit calls for a withdrawal from the present-day stability policy and a return to new borrowing. This brochure focuses on the findings and results obtained with the debt brake, and discusses the various criticisms. A separate issue of “dossierpolitik” deals with the extension of the debt brake mechanism to social insurance.
On 22 July 1972 Switzerland signed together with Austria, Sweden, Portugal and Island the free trade agreement with the European Union (formerly known as EEC). Switzerland, represented by Federal Councillor Ernst Brugger, signed in the “Palais d’Egmont” in Brussels the treaty which laid the basis for a long-term and successful relationship between the two economic partners.
The Free Trade Agreement was concluded 40 years ago, yet it’s impacts continue to be widely felt today: Goods worth around 1 billion Swiss francs cross the border between Switzerland and the EU every day – goods that are used in a broad variety of industries and business sectors, as well as by EU and Swiss consumers in their homes and at their workplace. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the free trade agreement between Switzerland and the EU economiesuisse published in cooperation with European business federation BUSINESSEUROPE a brochure with contributions from European leaders and politicians. Furthermore the brochure shows how the scope of trade between Switzerland and the EU, and how companies as well as consumers benefit from it on a daily basis.
Today, Switzerland is after the USA and China the third biggest trade partner of the European Union, leaving behind countries such as Russia, Japan or India. The yearly trade surplus of 40 billion EURO in goods and services makes Switzerland an attractive trade partner of the European Union. Pragmatic bilateral agreements made this fruitful economic relation possible. Moreover, Switzerland shares with the EU a vivid interest in a strong and competitive Europe.
On the eve of the Conference of Directors General of European Industrial Federations which has been organised this year by economiesuisse in Geneva, BUSINESSEUROPE and economiesuisse celebrated the 40th anniversary of the free-trade agreement between Switzerland and the EU and presented a joint brochure to mark the occasion. In addition, the Danish business federation presented the results of its “Global Benchmark Report” on the competitiveness of European countries. Each Director General highlighted the importance of free trade for Europe in order to improve its ability to compete in a globalised environment.
The Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and the European Union was concluded 40 years ago, yet its impacts continue to be widely felt today. Goods worth around one billion Swiss francs cross the border between Switzerland and the EU every day. Our new brochure presents a variety of everyday situations to illustrate the scope of trade between Switzerland and the EU, and how companies as well as consumers benefit from it on a daily basis.
The confederate councils have settled their last disagreements of the «too big to fail»-bill. The Swiss parliament is widely following the recommendations of the commission of experts and has moved away from any inappropriate regulations. more »