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.