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.