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Again kindly hosted by Swiss Re, our Annual Assembly 2018 took place on 9th July 2018. We discussed on this occasion the possible introduction of a «Collective Redress System» in Switzerland.

As part of the ongoing ICC-WTO Small Business Champions initiative, the Institute of Export & International Trade has launched the «Open to Export International Business Awards» – an exciting opportunity for any small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to win US$ 5,000 cash towards their business plans and gain a range of practical information and advice on exporting.

 

To participate, here’s what the SMEs need to do:

  • Go to «Open to Export»
  • Complete an Export Action Plan by 10 August 2018
  • 10 SME finalists will then be invited to pitch to an international panel of expert judges at the WTO Public Forum in October in Geneva, Switzerland. One winner will be granted the cash prize.

 

pdfFlyer on the «Open to Export International Business Awards».

Our Annual Study Tour of Swiss Arbitrators 2018 took place on Thursday 14 June 2018 in Paris.

This meeting allowed to address general issues of the procedures of ICC arbitration, as well as to exchange views with the ICC Court. It was also an opportunity to meet with ICC Counsel personally. The Chairman of the Court Alexis Mourre presented his view on the development of ICC Dispute Resolution.

 

The program began on 13 June with a dinner with French arbitrators. We had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Hervé Lohr, Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD, as speaker.

 

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The Swiss Federal Council has just released the national report on the realization of the Social Development Goals (SDGs) 2018: “The realization of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development”.
The analysis highlights the Swiss dedication to the essentials of the UN-Sustainability Agenda 2030 – constructive cooperation between the State, businesses and the civil society.

 

A common framework for a multi-level cooperation has been created with the UN-Sustainability Agenda 2030.The recently published national report of the Swiss Federal Council suggests an already functioning cooperation in most areas between State, businesses and the civil society in Switzerland. The report also underlines Swiss interest for a sustainable and future-compliant world. Switzerland does not need to worry about an international comparison, on the contrary, it occupies a lead position in a variety of fields, such as environmental protection, social cohesion, quality of life and sustainable economy.

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Venue:
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Mythenquai 50-60, 8022 Zurich

 

On behalf of our Chairman Thomas Wellauer, we are pleased to invite you to our Annual Assembly 2018.


On this occasion, we will discuss the possible introduction of a “Collective Redress System” in Switzerland. Our guest of honour, Prof. Christopher Hodges, has varied experience in this field and will give us his view on the latest developments worldwide as well as the opportunities and threats of such procedures. A panel discussion will follow with Swiss personalities specialised in this complex domain.

Our assembly is open to representatives of members of ICC Switzerland and delegates in general. Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues. Non-members are also welcome to participate. Registration is compulsory.

 

pdfProgramme and Registration

ZHAW, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz and Verband für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften have published a new research paper on behalf of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Development and Cooperation (DEZA) on the importance and value of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) guiding principles for multinational businesses in Switzerland.

 

The research found OECD guiding principles to have less importance compared to other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards, mostly because of missing promotion activities. However, this does not mean, that businesses are not actively participating in the realization of CSR. On the contrary, it has been pointed out, that 93% of the questioned companies try to get involved in environmental protection and approving working conditions. Around 35% even take specific action.

The CSR standards serve mostly as a source of inspiration and an orientation for a more concrete action.

 

Reports regarding the use of international standards of the 500 most high-selling Swiss companies as well as ten internationally active SMEs have been analyzed. Furthermore, multinational businesses based in Switzerland were asked to fill out a survey on the importance and value of the OECD guiding principles in comparison to other standards of corporate social responsibility. And lastly, interviews with delegates of selected businesses were conducted.

 

All in all, Swiss businesses do see potential for a stronger reinforcement of the standards and they admit to the benefits of it.

 

Full report
pdfImportance and value of the OECD guiding principles for multinational businesses in Switzerland

 

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