Our Annual Study Tour of Swiss Arbitrators 2018 took place on Thursday 14 June 2018 in Paris.

This meeting allowed to address general issues of the procedures of ICC arbitration, as well as to exchange views with the ICC Court. It was also an opportunity to meet with ICC Counsel personally. The Chairman of the Court Alexis Mourre presented his view on the development of ICC Dispute Resolution.

 

The program began on 13 June with a dinner with French arbitrators. We had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Hervé Lohr, Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OECD, as speaker.

 

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The Swiss Federal Council has just released the national report on the realization of the Social Development Goals (SDGs) 2018: “The realization of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development”.
The analysis highlights the Swiss dedication to the essentials of the UN-Sustainability Agenda 2030 – constructive cooperation between the State, businesses and the civil society.

 

A common framework for a multi-level cooperation has been created with the UN-Sustainability Agenda 2030.The recently published national report of the Swiss Federal Council suggests an already functioning cooperation in most areas between State, businesses and the civil society in Switzerland. The report also underlines Swiss interest for a sustainable and future-compliant world. Switzerland does not need to worry about an international comparison, on the contrary, it occupies a lead position in a variety of fields, such as environmental protection, social cohesion, quality of life and sustainable economy.

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Venue:
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Mythenquai 50-60, 8022 Zurich

 

On behalf of our Chairman Thomas Wellauer, we are pleased to invite you to our Annual Assembly 2018.


On this occasion, we will discuss the possible introduction of a “Collective Redress System” in Switzerland. Our guest of honour, Prof. Christopher Hodges, has varied experience in this field and will give us his view on the latest developments worldwide as well as the opportunities and threats of such procedures. A panel discussion will follow with Swiss personalities specialised in this complex domain.

Our assembly is open to representatives of members of ICC Switzerland and delegates in general. Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues. Non-members are also welcome to participate. Registration is compulsory.

 

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ZHAW, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz and Verband für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften have published a new research paper on behalf of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Development and Cooperation (DEZA) on the importance and value of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) guiding principles for multinational businesses in Switzerland.

 

The research found OECD guiding principles to have less importance compared to other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards, mostly because of missing promotion activities. However, this does not mean, that businesses are not actively participating in the realization of CSR. On the contrary, it has been pointed out, that 93% of the questioned companies try to get involved in environmental protection and approving working conditions. Around 35% even take specific action.

The CSR standards serve mostly as a source of inspiration and an orientation for a more concrete action.

 

Reports regarding the use of international standards of the 500 most high-selling Swiss companies as well as ten internationally active SMEs have been analyzed. Furthermore, multinational businesses based in Switzerland were asked to fill out a survey on the importance and value of the OECD guiding principles in comparison to other standards of corporate social responsibility. And lastly, interviews with delegates of selected businesses were conducted.

 

All in all, Swiss businesses do see potential for a stronger reinforcement of the standards and they admit to the benefits of it.

 

Full report
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ICC Switzerland strives to stimulate discussion and raise awareness on topics of current business interest. Our Chairman's Lunch took place at Restaurant «Belvoirpark», Zurich, on Tuesday 13 March 2018.

 

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A substantial tax reform and the decision not to ratify the Trans-Pacific-Pact TPP as well as to leave the Paris Climate Agreement are landmark decisions in the first year of the Trump administration. What is the appreciation by US Business? What are the perspectives ahead of the USmid-term elections in November 2018? Which role will the US assume in the near future in the global economic framework? Is there room for a renewal of negotiations on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and the US?

These are some questions which have been addressed at the Chairman’s Lunch. Peter Robinson, President and CEO of USCIB, has shared his thoughts to introduce the discussion.

The USCIB is the US Council of International Business. It is the affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and the International Organization of Employers. It works to forge world business positions in support of U.S. corporate views on the key international policy issues.

 

 

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To stimulate and facilitate the exchange with International Organisations and the respective Diplomatic Representations in Geneva, ICC Switzerland continues its Geneva Business Dialogue with a series of high-ranking roundtables. The second of such discussions was on the topic of innovation with Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO, as lead speaker.

 

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