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