Excerpted from the Switzerland Career Guide
Switzerland is a country of business associations. There are many national organizations that influence the political and economical framework of the country. They represent the interests of their members, provide training and networking opportunities, and supply those members with press coverage and membership directories. Some business associations are members of international associations and as such offer connections to peers in other countries, facilitating international business contacts.
http://www.alliancef.ch/ (German, French, English)
This is the largest women’s umbrella organization in Switzerland, with 140 member associations and 400 individual members representing the interests of approximately 400,000 women. Its goal is to lobby for equal rights for men and women in the workforce, family and society. It partners with the information portal SWONET (Swiss Women Network).
Spital Gasse 24
3000 Bern 7
Tel: +41 31 318 10 60
Fax: +41 31 318 10 64
Industry Organizations and Councils
economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation)
http://www.economiesuisse.ch (German, French, Italian, English)
economiesuisse is the largest umbrella organization representing the Swiss economy. It has the support of more than 30,000 businesses of all sizes employing a total of 1.5 million people in Switzerland. Its direct membership includes 100 trade and industry associations, 20 cantonal chambers of commerce and several individual companies. The organization works conjointly with the Swiss Employers Association and maintains close ties with the Swiss association of small and medium-sized enterprises. economiesuisse has offices in Zurich (head office), Geneva, Bern, Lugano and Brussels. Through its membership with the Union of European Industry and Employers (UNICE) and its participation in its working groups, economiesuisse has close links with other top European economic associations. economiesuisse is also a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the OECD and acts as secretary for the Swiss chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
British Residents’ Association of Switzerland
The association's objective is to provide information and entertainment to British subjects and others with an interest in British culture and a close association with the United Kingdom. The group supports members’ interests and cooperates in every possible way with the people of Switzerland in promoting friendship and enjoying Swiss hospitality. Association activities include luncheons and dinners — sometimes with well-known and influential speakers — as well as cocktail parties, cultural events and ski weekends.
The Secretary, The British Residents' Association
Case Postale 30
Tel/Fax: +41 21 728 6255
Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Switzerland (CCI)
Swiss Federation of Commerce and Industry
http://www.cci.ch (German, French, Italian, English)
The CCI is the umbrella association of the 18 cantonal chambers of commerce and industry of Switzerland. The chambers are private law associations with voluntary membership. The CCI provides support and information to members in the areas of legislation and economics, as well as providing access to a databank of firms in Switzerland.
SIHK – CCIS
Corso Elvezia 16
Casella postale 5399
Fax: +41 91 911 51 12
http://www.local.ch/ (German, French, Italian, English)
This regional search engine offers relevant and current information about private and business addresses, products and services. To supplement the directory information from Swisscom Directories, local.ch provides an extensive Swiss marketplace through the integration of ‘Classifieds’ and ‘Car Market,’ where local bidders and consumers can find products and contact each other.
Major Trade Publications
This weekly publication, the largest economic newspaper in Switzerland, covers financial, commercial and industrial news, and is syndicated with the Wall Street Journal. The publication covers information about enterprises and segments, managers and management profiles, markets, structured products and networking.
Tel: +41 43 444 59 00
Fax: +41 43 444 59 32
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