In a nutshell

  • Incorporation: 24 July 1985 as a public company, being a company limited by guarantee

  • Not-for-profit membership based organisation

  • Purpose: Enabling businesses to connect and excel in Australia and Switzerland.

    • SwissCham's purpose is to support, strengthen and grow members' businesses and their reputation in Australia by providing exposure, information and networking.

    • As a hub of Swiss business in Australia, SwissCham focuses on doing business in Australia and the promotion of bilateral trade.

SwissCham’s value proposition and “story”:

SwissCham Australia helps you to:

  • better run your business in Australia

  • improving efficiency of business in Australia;

  • improve your cross border activities

  • help in understanding business in Australia as a gateway both to Asia and to Europe;

  • build and expand your business networks - you get IP and access to networks;

  • deliver your message to government, both Federal and State; - leverage off the “Swissness” of your products and services - Swissness stands for quality, innovation and efficiency;

  • obtain regular personal access to senior Swiss government representatives in Australia at both Federal and State levels

  • maintain and strengthen relationship with Swiss government officials.

SwissCham also organises 4 to 6 exclusive boardroom luncheons annually  with opinion leaders from business and politics.  Recent key-note speakers have included:                

  • Mick Davis, Global CEO Xstrata

  • Arved von zur Muehlen, Global Managing Director SWISS International Air Lines

  • Matthias Ernst, PhD, Cancer Researcher, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research

  • Campbell Stewart, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank

  • Jay MacGregor, Managing Director, Institutional Equities, CBA

  • Roland Hinterkircher, Co-Head Capital Markets, Raiffeisen Bank Switzerland

  • The Hon Andrew Robb AO, Special Envoy for Trade

  • Peter Wilkinson, Director, SamWilko Advisory

  • The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Former Premier & Treasurer of NSW

  • Stephen Cartwright, CEO NSW Business Chamber

  • Marco Gadola, Global CEO, Straumann

  • Peter Freyberg, Head of Global Coal Assets, Glencore

  • Alison Watkins, CEO, Coca-Cola

Furthermore, you can use SwissCham to:

  • promote your company profile through SwissCham’s website, newsletter, social media and key events;

  • reward your staff and clients by inviting them to SwissCham’s marquee events such as the annual Swiss Award in Australia dinner and the Swiss Ambassador Cup (corporate golf day);

  • give your sales, marketing and HR staff the opportunity to make new business contacts and create new synergies;

  • identify potential new staff through SwissCham’s regular $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$networking events. Your firm’s SwissCham membership is Australia wide.

Why Swiss business is good news for Australia

  • Switzerland has been a top 10 foreign investor in Australia for decades (see more details under Facts & Figures)

  • There are well over 300 Swiss companies/brands represented in Australia (see more details under SwissConnect where most companies are listed)

  • Combined, Swiss companies in Australia employ over 80,000 staff directly!

  • Switzerland as an investor and job creator is a major contributor to Australia's economy and society.