According to executive coach Sonja Buholzer, the current #MeToo movement is crucial to shedding light on women's treatment in the workplace. But more work needs to be done – also here in Switzerland, as she tells CNNMoney Switzerland.
"Many startups now are passing agreements with Chinese companies to develop their market," says Jordi Montserrat, co-founder of Venturelab. The privately funded body, which supports the most promising young companies, has been bringing high growth Swiss startups to China for the past five years and will be taking their next team in September.
On paper, Switzerland tops the charts when it comes to innovation. But how well does that translate in real life? We’re speaking to Christian Simm, CEO of Swissnex about how innovators in Switzerland are connecting to the rest of the world.
In the Interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, Thomas von Oehsen, Associate Director and Head of Research for Germany, Switzerland & Austria at Institutional Shareholder Services, talks about the topics investors focus on.
Last year, Swiss CEO remunerations went down on average by a little, a survey by Hostettler & Company shows. Their Managing Partner Stephan Hostettler tells CNN Money Switzerland that companies are reviewing their bonus policies so that shareholders better understand them. The goal is to avoid rows like the one which happened last year at Credit Suisse.
As one of the top 10 investors in Russia, Switzerland's neutrality is highly appreciated by the Russian government. Amid European and American sanctions against Russia, Switzerland stands out. Russian Ambassador to Switzerland Sergei Garmonin speaks about working with Swiss authorities, improving safety for foreign companies investing in Russia, and the Russian spy poisoning case in the United Kingdom.
Neutrality has put Switzerland in a special position between Russia and the West, similar to during the cold war, argues Jeronim Perovic, director of the Center for Eastern European Studies at the University of Zurich. Renewed tensions between the U.S. and Europe may nonetheless bring opportunities for Switzerland. In Russian presidential elections on Sunday, Perovic sees Vladimir Putin's almost certain re-election as a sort of good news. Swiss businesses, he says, would at least know what to expect.
Today, Manpower Switzerland released their latest Q2 Employment Outlook Survey and hiring expectations are looking the brightest in Zurich and Central Switzerland. Despite this, the Lake Geneva Region is at the bottom of the ladder. "You have all the industries that have been suffering over the last couple of years since the exchange rate of the euro was so strong. There has been a mindset there (Lake Geneva Region) that is has been more difficult to do business," says Leif Agnéus, General Manager of Manpower Switzerland.
Passenger traffic through Zurich's airport is on the rise. But how will it continue to grow when there's a limit on noise pollution, space, and infrastructure capacity? CEO of Zurich International Airport, Stephan Widrig, tells CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne the secret of his success. And it's not all about aviation.
Whether they were known as “car girls” or “hostesses,” women have always been one of the symbols of the Geneva International Motor Show. On press days, models were hired just to pose beside the new cars to impress journalists and photographers. But now, after the #metoo movement, car brands have hired women for their automotive expertise, not just their looks.
Sugar has become public enemy number-one in the fight against obesity. In Switzerland, 41 percent of the population is either obese or overweight, in part because we consume more than twice the amount of sugar that the World Health Organization recommends. While some countries, like France or England, have introduced a tax on sugar or sugary drinks, the land of chocolate has no tax yet and does not plan to ban any products. Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, paediatrician at the Geneva University Hospitals, explains why.
While many consider sugar to be the new fat, Brian Smith, Coca-Cola's president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, says that people still want products with sugar and that taxing sodas does not help reduce obesity or diabetes. Ana Maria Montero spoke with him about what the soft drinks giant has in store for health-conscious costumers.
Switzerland is not a car country. That's according to Raphael Gindrat, the CEO of BestMile, a software company entirely dedicated to autonomous driving. Born out of Lausanne’s polytechnic school, the EPFL, BestMile sells external software to manage a fleet of driverless vehicles. It's a company that appears ready for the future. No wonder its value rose more than 5 million Swiss francs between 2016 and 2017.
President of auto-suisse François Launaz tells us why Switzerland has to do more than most when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, and that e-mobility will help to achieve those goals. Launaz talks to Hannah Wise at the Geneva Motor Show.
Relax and Recharge – that’s the message from e-mobile at the Geneva International Motor Show. Team head Claudio Pfister explains how charging our cars in the future will be as simple as charging our phones.
She is one of the leading experts on diversity and inclusion in Switzerland. In an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, Simone Stebler, a consultant at Swiss executive search giant Egon Zehnder, shares her ideas about how women can break the glass ceiling in companies.
"If Amazon is able to do one-day delivery in Switzerland, we need to make sure that Swiss companies are able to do exactly the same – to sell to Germany, the U.K. and Italy," says Carlo Terreni, general director at e-commerce association NetComm Suisse. Terreni says that despite his expectations, Swiss merchants do not fear Amazon’s arrival and instead welcome the competition as a potential boost for e-commerce investment.
"We try not to compare ourselves to others too much. If you do too many benchmarks, you always try to be as good as the best, but you never really become the best," says Johannes Cramer, COO of Digitec Galaxus. Switzerland's biggest online retailer isn't afraid of Amazon's looming entry into the country and aims to stay competitive with prices.
In 2017, the Swiss spent 8.6 billion Swiss francs online. But where that money goes and how it is being spent is a big question for online retailers in Switzerland. Now the news of Amazon's looming entry into Switzerland begs the question: How will local players adjust to the entry of a juggernaut?
Swiss voters have spoken decisively in favor of paying for public radio and television. What does the defeat of the "No Billag" initiative mean for Swiss Radio and Television? Tanya König went there to find out.
They're small and discreet but still manage to be famous worldwide: Driverless buses have been spreading across Switzerland since first appearing in Sion's public transport network in 2016. And experts say that autonomous vehicles are more than just gadgets: They're a potential future cash cow.
Around one in four women in Switzerland have experienced sexual harassment at work, a national survey shows. But few are willing to take legal action and file a complaint against a colleague or employer, explains Anne Meier, a lawyer at MSS Law in Geneva.
As Italians head to the polls to elect a new Parliament on March 4, we take a deep dive into the country's economy with Rodolfo De Benedetti, partner at Decalia Asset Management in Geneva. Despite a public debt of 131.5 percent of its GDP, Italy has a huge potential, De Benedetti says.