Formulating a universal definition of workplace harassment and guaranteeing workers' rights against attacks are the themes of this year's annual meeting at the International Labour Organization. The group's director general, Guy Ryder, tells CNNMoney Switzerland that the ILO identified harassment and violence at work as areas for action in 2015, even before the emergence of the #MeToo movement. The former union organizer also spoke about the need to redefine work as technology and connectivity increasingly extend formal working hours.
Diversity is a major asset when it comes to science and medicine in Switzerland, says Francis-Luc Perret, director of the ISREC Foundation, which supports experimental cancer research. The former EPFL professor says it furthers “new ideas, new concepts and new paradigms,” which he says has worked to the country’s advantage.
A new survey shows 41 percent of employees are looking to change jobs in the next year. Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, ABB’s chief HR officer, says the key to keeping employees is to remain diverse and provide them with the experiences they’re looking for, in part one of our special series with Universum.
Bill Clinton once called Hernando de Soto “the world’s most important living economist.” De Soto argues that the biggest problem facing inequality is the lack of property rights in developing nations. He says giving the poor property titles could unleash $168 trillion in “dead capital.”
A day after the U.N. issued its starkest warning yet of the risks of global warming, Martina Fuchs sits down with Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, which contributed to the report. He says that every country, Switzerland included, needs to do more.
For Antoinette Weibel, professor at the University of St. Gallen, building trust is the key to creating a productive and profitable business environment. As she tells Ana Maria Montero, it’s a trait that is especially crucial when hiring for and remunerating leadership positions.
Jean-Claude Biver has announced that LVMH, along with Rolex and Patek Philippe, will remain at Baselworld in 2019, even after Swatch Group withdrew in July. “We have already decided to attend,” he says in an exclusive interview.
Martin Bloch began his career on October 19, 1987: Black Monday. “This was the steepest learning curve I ever had,” he says. Today he’s the country head for Switzerland at U.S. firm Principal Global Investors and tells Martina Fuchs how to survive the ups and downs in the asset management industry.
Banks on average spend about 17 percent on their IT systems compared to 4 percent in other industries. David Arnott, the CEO of Swiss banking software giant Temenos, tells Martina Fuchs on The Newsmaker that they need to become “digital to the core” and disentangle their legacy spaghetti systems.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation was the biggest overhaul of data privacy laws in 20 years. On The Newsmaker, Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive VP at Microsoft, tells Martina Fuchs that privacy is a human right. “The EU has made a big move,” he says. “As a company we have embraced that.”
Mika Häkkinen is a two-time F1 world champion, and in our Newsmaker interview with Hannah Wise, he talks business, why he’s helping young drivers, and why Michael Schumacher’s health is a private matter for his family—but that he will always be there for his “brilliant” former rival.
Despite the rise of robots and AI, the human voice is back in the spotlight, according to Alexey Popov, the founder and CEO of Spitch, the Swiss speech-recognition and voice biometrics start-up. “We have to stop fighting against the voice,” he tells Martina Fuchs on The Newsmaker. “In the recent 10, 15 years, we tried to move the conversation from the natural to the artificial way .... But I believe the peak is reached.”
In an exclusive interview, Fondation Botnar’s first CEO, Stefan Germann, gives CNNMoney Switzerland a first look at its new, more open strategy and urges other Swiss-based foundations to embrace transparency. He also explains its investment plan to reduce health inequalities.
In his 84 years, Octav Botnar had many lives: from a young idealist who was imprisoned to the billionaire founder of Nissan U.K. But when his daughter was killed in a tragic accident, he dedicated his life to help children through a Basel-based foundation that still bears his name.
The Bank for International Settlements in Basel is known as the “bank for central banks” and aims to promote global monetary and financial stability. Martina Fuchs asks BIS General Manager Agustín Carstens if policymakers lived up to their post-crisis duties. “Absolutely,” he says. “It was an unprecedented phenomenon. We have taken the appropriate actions.”