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About the Swiss Centre for Corporate Governance

Dialogue, collaboration and thought leadership

The mission of Deloitte’s Swiss Centre for Corporate Governance is to orchestrate dialogue, knowledge-sharing, and thought leadership on governance issues to help advance collaboration among corporations, board members, the accounting profession, academia and government. It provides global and local thought leadership on governance issues and Deloitte experience relevant to the Swiss market place.

Corporate governance – a key ingredient for success

Professionally managed and ambitious companies form the backbone of a successful and innovative economy. Good management geared towards the interests of shareholders is crucial. The term corporate governance refers to guidelines and measures that are conducive to the successful management of a company. The relevance of adequate governance is further underlined by the fact that many companies are now publicly accountable for their management structures, diversity practice and appropriate remuneration systems.

Corporate governance and the Swiss market place

Compared with other jurisdictions, Switzerland has very few statutory corporate governance requirements. Those worth mentioning include the Code of Obligations, the Swiss Ordinance against Excessive Remuneration in Listed Companies, which was brought into force by the Federal Council following the adoption of the initiative against fat-cat payouts (Minder initiative), and the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance. The latter regulatory instrument has established itself as a set of recommendations.

The Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance was first published by Economiesuisse in 2002 and offers comprehensive recommendations on corporate governance, particularly for larger and listed companies. There is also a set of guidelines regarding information on corporate governance, first published by the Swiss Stock Exchange over ten years ago. It contains requirements for the regular publication of information on corporate governance, last updated in 2014.

Although Switzerland is not a member of the EU, Swiss companies are nevertheless affected by international regulatory efforts. These will inevitably have an impact on Swiss companies in the long run, which is why it is recommended to already now base corporate governance on international standards.

Keeping an eye on the future – the Deloitte perspective

Here at Deloitte we believe that professional corporate governance in accordance with Swiss requirements and international corporate governance trends is vitally important. With this in mind, we address various aspects of corporate governance on a regular basis through regular corporate governance related research and thought leadership.

The focus of our research and thought pieces lies on issues of relevance to executives and non-executives serving on boards of directors and other leaders in the Swiss governance arena. Topics are as diverse as innovation, incentives and rewards, risk and strategic oversight by the board, and the different approaches to board leadership globally and in Switzerland.

Our most recent Swiss thought piece, Audit Committees in Switzerland – Insights and perspectives, was dedicated to audit committees. This non-executive body is becoming increasingly important in the context of board responsibility and has a growing public profile. To receive a copy of the report and discuss the results with us, please register through our webpage. You will also find a recent Handelszeitung article that provides an overview of the study’s key findings in German.

Recent publications include:

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How Deloitte can help

We provide a range of services to help you address governance issues and to improve board and committee :

  • Design of management structures and roles
  • Benchmarking of existing corporate governance to best practice
  • Introduction of appropriate and reasonable remuneration systems
  • On-boarding directors of the board and executives

Global insights

For more global insights and a complete list of all our centres for corporate governance around the world see our DTTL Global Center for Corporate Governance website

Meet our experts

Fabien Bryois

Fabien Bryois

Partner

Fabien is an Audit partner in the Audit & Assurance Group of Deloitte in Western Switzerland. He provides audit and advisory services to a variety of listed companies and international groups, includi... More

Christine Csibi

Christine Csibi

Director

Christine is a Director in our Audit & Assurance practice. She has an extensive experience auditing listed and non-listed companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across many industries... More

Lisa Watson

Lisa Watson

Director

Lisa is a Director in our Deloitte Audit & Assurance practice. She qualified as a chartered accountant with our UK firm and transferred to Geneva in 2001. Also a Swiss licensed auditor, she serves a b... More