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Our Mission
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 Switzerland.

Our Organization
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).

 

Areas of Activity
As mentioned in our mission statement,
our work is centred around the following
political issues:

  • Economic and monetary policies
  • Public finance and taxation
  • International economic relations
  • Education and research
  • Infrastructure, energy and environmental policies
  • Competition policy
  • Regulatory affairs 

Our Work
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 economic policy.

 

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.

Latest News

29/09/14
Since it was introduced in 2002, the “Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance” has strongly influenced the development of corporate governance in Switzerland and has proven to be an effective instrument of self-regulation.

Various developments in the past few years have made it necessary to modify the “Swiss Code”. The revised version takes into account the changes that have resulted from Article 95 (3) of the Federal Constitution. It emphasises in particular the concept of sustainable corporate success as the lodestar of sensible “corporate social responsibility”. It also prescribes specific modifications to the composition of the Board of Directors (including representation of women) and to risk management (incl. compliance). The “Swiss Code” provides companies with recommendations on designing their corporate governance and information that go beyond what is stipulated by law. It also ensures that companies retain their organisational flexibility. This has proven to be an important locational advantage of Switzerland. Each company should retain the option of putting its own ideas on structuring and organisation into practice. However, if their corporate governance practices deviate from the recommendations of the “Swiss Code”, they now have to provide a suitable explanation (principle of “comply or explain”).

"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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05/06/14
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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21/02/14
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 the election.

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09/02/14
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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24/01/14
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.
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03/04/13
 
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 »