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Corporate Social Responsibility: An opportunity to stand out

swissVR Monitor – Survey among Swiss board members

The topic of social responsibility is important to board members of Swiss companies: For a large majority, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) already forms an integral part of their corporate strategy. Based on the responses from 429 board members, the current swissVR Monitor indicates that although CSR is considered to be the most important instrument to achieve competitive advantages, employees, education and health are considered to be more important CSR topics than climate protection.


Only half of those surveyed defined the relevant topics of their social commitment and take sufficient time to address the topic of CSR. Two out of five companies also do not have sufficient resources and expertise to successfully implement corporate responsibility.

swissVR Monitor I/2020 - Focus: Corporate Social Responsibility

Everyone is talking about sustainability; many companies are addressing the topic. It not only requires a strategic foundation but also clearly defined objectives and measurable criteria for success.

Reto Savoia, CEO Deloitte Switzerland

This edition also also features interviews with:

  • Paul Bulcke, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestlé, discusses the global corporate responsibility of companies
    Read the interview
  • Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of BEKB, discusses responsible capital investments
    Read the interview
  • Dorothea Baur, Independent ethics expert, discusses the corporate social responsibility of SMEs
    Read the interview

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 429 members surveyed in its latest edition, it is an accurate reflection of the attitudes of boards in Swiss companies.

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