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Is corporate culture a higher priority for company success than compliance and risk management?

swissVR Monitor – Survey of Swiss board members

A strong and open corporate culture is more than just a competitive advantage: Swiss board members view it as one of the key drivers of business success. According to the latest swissVR Monitor, they rate culture among their top 10 issues to watch – even placing it above compliance and risk management. As they themselves are not involved in the day-to-day business, board members primarily rely on employee surveys and site visits to help them evaluate the culture within their own company. According to the swissVR Monitor survey, the behaviour and communication style at top management level has the biggest impact on corporate culture – for better or for worse.

swissVR Monitor I/2019 - Focus: Corporate culture

The key results

Top 10 topics for the board of directors

(swissVR Monitor I/2019; change from I/2018; outlook for next 12 months)

The new issue of swissVR Monitor also features interviews with:

  • Barbara Kux, Vice Chairman of Firmenich and member of the Supervisory Board of Henkel
  • Michel M. Liès, Chairman of the BoD of Zurich Insurance Group
  • Dr Maja Baumann, Member of the BoD of Vontobel Holding

About the survey

The swissVR Monitor is a survey conducted jointly by swissVR, Deloitte and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Every six months, this survey gauges the attitudes of members of Swiss company boards of directors towards the outlook for the country’s economy and their sector. It also gauges their attitudes towards current matters of relevance to boards. Each issue of swissVR Monitor also explores a focus topic in greater detail. The surveyed board members represent firms from SMEs to listed companies across a range of sectors. With 363 members surveyed in its latest edition, it is an accurate reflection of the attitudes of boards of directors in Swiss companies.

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