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Does our economy have an image problem? Is this putting pressure on our business location? What are possible solutions? These were the fundamental questions discussed at the 79th General Meeting of SwissHoldings held today. After an insightful discussion between Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter and our President David Frick, they were further explored in a subsequent panel with high-profile guests
Recent studies show that the population approaches our multinational companies with, in some cases, considerable mistrust and would like to “hold them accountable” everywhere. There is a clear gap between the public image of multinational companies and the actual contribution they make to the sustainable development of society, the economy and the environment. Our companies are excellent employers, significant taxpayers and make a decisive contribution to the prosperity of our country. However, this is currently not reflected much in their reputation: While the economic added value of multinational companies is well known, there is an uneasiness especially in the area of activities abroad in connection with sustainable corporate governance. With increasingly noticeable consequences at the ballot box.
Informative discussion between business and politics
This highly topical issue was discussed in bilateral talks between SwissHoldings President David Frick and Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter, Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police. The Federal Councillor shed light on what she sees as the underlying causes and pointed out possible areas for action. It became clear that a good Swiss business location cannot be a one-sided political project. Rather, the Federal Councillor made an appeal to the business community that greater participation in society and politics is essential. SwissHoldings has heard this appeal and is working on a project that will enable companies to enter into dialog with the population with the aim of creating a common basis for society and business.
Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter in conversation with David Frick, President of SwissHoldings
Exciting panel discussion with top-class guests
After this in-depth conversation, the topic of the evening was further explored in a panel discussion with guests from business and politics. The panel included:
- National Councillor Aline Trede, Green Party, member of the Finance Committee (FK-NR), President of the Green Group;
- National Councillor Leo Müller, Center Party, President of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation (WAK-NR);
- Roman Mazzotta, Country President Syngenta Switzerland & Global Head Crop Protection Legal.
The discussion was moderated by Christoph Eisenring, business editor of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The panel discussion also showed that for a better mutual understanding between the population and the economy, contact must be constantly sought. Openness and dialog, as well as the involvement of the business community in key social issues and along the entire political process, are core elements for Switzerland to remain an attractive business location.
Informative discussion between representatives from business and politics
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