Concerns over growing ranks of UN consultants Concerns over growing ranks of UN consultants Concerns over growing ranks of UN consultants
Four years after an internal report warned of unequal employment terms amongst the growing ranks of consultants hired at United Nations sites, we talk to staff and management at the organisation’s Swiss hub. And it's not just the consultant hired for office jobs in Geneva who are enduring stressful conditions.
Francesca Codega
Cracking codes in the digital age
While today’s code-breakers tend to be criminal organizations rather than foreign spy agencies, state-sponsored attacks targeting companies have increased significantly, said Andy Powell, chief information security officer at Maersk. He spoke on the sidelines of a cybersecurity conference that coincided with fresh revelations about Crypto AG, the Swiss encryption firm that helped the CIA break other nations’ secret messages.
Hannah Wise
Demand for drug ingredients soars on virus fears
Demand for ingredients used in food and medicine, which mostly come from China, has outstripped supply in the past two weeks as the coronavirus outbreak raises fears of a prolonged disruption in supply chains. “We would say about three times more demand than we would typically see in normal market situations,” says Pau Franquet, CEO of Kemiex, a Swiss-based global trade network.
Olivia Chang
The secret is out: Switzerland at center of spy tale
Long before Crypto Valley, there was Crypto AG, a Zug-based encryption company. Now the past is catching up with it after it was revealed to be at the center of a worldwide spy operation by the CIA and BND. CNNMoney Switzerland spoke to SRF journalist Fiona Endres, who worked on the investigation. She says it calls into question Switzerland’s policy of neutrality in international conflicts.
Hannah Wise
AMS says there’s more to life than Apple
Austrian sensor maker AMS plans to tap shareholders for 1.65 billion euros as soon as this month to fund the acquisition of Germany’s Osram. AMS is buying the lighting company to reduce its dependence on smartphone producers like Apple. Ana Maria Montero spoke to CEO Alexander Everke about the plan.
Tanya König
The new guide that maps out Switzerland’s start-up diverse topography
The first-ever “Startup Guide Switzerland,” which focuses on start-ups that try to have a positive impact, has just come out. Tanya König was at the launch event yesterday and finds out more about the start-up landscape in Switzerland and why the guide is overdue.
Ana Maria Montero
How will climate change affect the way we work?
For Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organization, climate change is a work issue. “We have to move a lot people out of what they are doing now into what they will be doing in the future,” he says. But what do you think? How will global warming impact your work? And are we prepared for this?
Greta Ruffino
Worldwebforum: “Wanted: Leader”
In an age of ever-faster transformation, what will the leaders of tomorrow look like? We went to the Worldwebforum to find out more.
CNNMoney Switzerland
Can Sustainable Investing change the world?
[Branded Content] The root cause of and the measures to close the knowledge gap around ESG are discussed by Vontobel Sustainable Investing Specialists, Thomas Trsan and Lukas Münstermann and Falko Paetzold from the University of Zurich in a roundtable at CNNMoney Switzerland.
Tanya König
This is how the Federal Council is elected
Switzerland’s Federal Council has been elected today. The Green Party was not able to win a seat and therefore all members are the same as before the election. Sound confusing? Tanya König breaks it all down.
Greta Ruffino
Swiss-based charity brings health care to the world's poor by ship
Five billion people globally have insufficient access to health care. Mercy Ships has been using floating hospitals to reach those in need since 1978 and is planning a massive addition to its fleet in 2021. Roland Decorvet, chairman of Mercy Ships Switzerland, tells us more.
Tanya König
Europa Forum Luzern ponders future of Switzerland and Europe
Politicians such as Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, former Swiss President Doris Leuthard, former German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, and business leaders met at Europa Forum Luzern and shared their views on Europe and Switzerland.
Greta Ruffino
What are you doing to upcycle what’s in your closet?
The fashion and textile industries are responsible for around 10 percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, as much as the total climate impact of the entire European Union. With an estimated 100 billion items of clothes produced annually, retail brands are increasingly coming up with new initiatives for upcycling and repairing.
Frederic Perret
Swiss shoppers embrace Black Friday
Black Friday is here, but are Swiss consumers eager to open their wallets? We take a look at the figures.
Ana Maria Montero
Women in Switzerland work against “heavy stereotypes,” says Bratby
Wies Bratby founded the Zurich-based company Women In Negotiation (WIN) to help professionals negotiate their salaries and promotions. Women tend to find that hard to do and the numbers tell the story: According to the Gender Intelligence Report 2019 by Advance and University of St. Gallen, 65 percent of all career promotions in Switzerland go to men. Bratby explains why this is and gives some advice on how to overcome some key hurdles in negotiation.

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