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.
Matt Leighton
Inside the booming esports industry
Switzerland has up to 900,000 gamers, 200,000 of whom play on a regular basis. But is Switzerland still lagging behind in esports?
Hannah Wise
Alcon and Stadler Rail make their stock market debut
It was a week of firsts on the Swiss stock exchange. All eyes were on two much-anticipated new additions, and they did not disappoint—for now. Only time will tell just how kind the markets will be to Novartis-spinoff Alcon and Swiss train maker Stadler Rail.
Martina Fuchs
Special debate: Is Switzerland’s financial industry really going green?
The Swiss were once considered pioneers in sustainable finance, but Thomas Vellacott, CEO of WWF Switzerland, says they have fallen far behind. The European Union’s ambitious new action plan is now forcing Switzerland’s hand. But Swiss Sustainable Finance CEO Sabine Döbeli argues that “incredible moves” have been taken by Swiss financial players.
Hannah Wise
The SMI shuffle
The Swiss markets will look very different next week as Julius Baer moves from the SMI to the SPI to make room for newcomer Alcon. We look at the mechanics of the markets and the impact on your money. Plus, what could be ahead for Switzerland’s Crypto Valley Association?
Olivia Chang
How Switzerland’s Crypto Valley Association is cleaning up its reputation
“The Crypto Valley Association has stuttered in its job of being an effective organization,” says current president Daniel Haudenschild. He explains how he’s rebuilding its reputation after criticisms of infighting with plans to ramp up Crypto Valley’s international brand.
Ana Maria Montero
Complacency, overconfidence, and high costs to blame for Baselworld’s woes, says journalist
Austrian watch journalist Alexander Linz blames complacency, overconfidence, and sky-high costs for Baselworld’s recent troubles. Attendance this year, for instance, is off 22 percent, and the number of exhibitors is down 20 percent—one of those being Swatch Group. For Linz, Baselworld losing Swatch is like an auto show losing Volkswagen, although he says that he understands the Swiss manufacturer’s decision.
Ana Maria Montero
What if there were no more Baselworld?
Vontobel analyst René Weber, who’s covered Baselworld for more than 20 years, says the industry would be too “complicated” without the renowned watch fair. And what does he make of Swatch Group’s absence this year? “I do not understand” the move, he says.
Ana Maria Montero
Less than half of luxury watch brands sell online
Luxury watch brands are slowly building up their e-commerce presence with just over 40 percent now selling online. But can watch companies afford to miss out on a potentially crucial market? “I don’t think that e-commerce is the secret recipe to the success of brands,” says David Sadigh, founder and CEO of Digital Luxury Group.
Olivia Chang
The innovation and startups behind START Summit
Apartment robots and a delivery box that won’t get lost: Here’s a look at the innovation behind START Summit, a technology and entrepreneurship event by St. Gallen University.
Hannah Wise
Why Apple’s new credit card could upset Swiss banks
Business Update reviews the rollercoaster bond market, a Swiss television investigation into Novartis, and why Apple’s new credit card might upset Swiss banks.
Olivia Chang
What’s the future of mobility in Switzerland?
From talking cars to autonomous vehicles, what does the future of mobility look like in Switzerland? We asked insiders at START Summit in St. Gallen.
Hannah Wise
Business Update: How this photo shows the importance of social media for brands
Deputy Editor in Chief Frédéric Lelièvre guides you through the most important news stories of this week—and with just one photo, he explains the importance of social media when it comes to luxury brands.
Martina Fuchs
Lights out? How lumen budgets could bring back the stars
Light pollution impacts human health and the ecosystem. In fact, there’s no longer complete natural darkness in Switzerland. This is why, according to Lukas Schuler of Dark-Sky Switzerland, businesses should create a lumen budget not only to save light flux and money, but to recapture the night sky.
Hannah Wise
Business Update: Why the fatal 737 MAX crash won’t break Boeing
Boeing’s share price dropped 11 percent earlier this week following Sunday’s crash of the 737 MAX outside Addis Ababa. Andreas Schaffner explains why this latest incident—the second fatal crash in five months—won’t break Boeing but could offer opportunities for Chinese airplane manufacturers.

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