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Child Labour rises for first time in two decades 

Swiss chocolate makers have struggled to eradicate child labour in the hazelnut supply chain originating in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Dominique Soguel The world has witnessed the first rise in child labour in 20 years and the coronavirus crisis threatens to push millions more minors into the same fate, the United Nations said on Thursday. Swiss multinationals from food giant Nestlé to mining titans Glencore and Trafigura have struggled to eradicate child labour...

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Global minimum tax deal bad for Switzerland, say experts

Calm waters, but for how long? Zug is one Swiss canton that could come under pressure to raise corporate taxes Keystone / Alexandra Wey The decision by the leading industrial nations (G7) to support a global minimum tax of 15% for large corporations is not good news for Switzerland, according to Swiss economists. Certain cantons in particular would come under pressure. “The tax havens – often very small states – will suffer, but that’s also the goal,” Jan-Egbert...

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Switzerland and WHO launch global pathogen BioHub

Alain Berset, right, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a bilateral meeting in Geneva on Monday to sign a memo of understanding on the BioHub Initiative Keystone / Laurent Gillieron Switzerland and the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to launch the first WHO BioHub Facility. This will enhance the rapid sharing of viruses and other pathogens between laboratories and partners globally. Under the agreement, signed at the 74th World Health Assembly in...

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Eight Swiss in Bloomberg billionaire ‘rich list’ 

While rich Swiss residents figure in Bloomberg’s top 500 world’s wealthiest, there are nine Americans in the top ten slot. © Keystone / Gaetan Bally In the latest version of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, eight Swiss or Swiss-resident names figure among the 500 richest people in the world. The richest of the Alpine-based billionaires is Geneva-based Ernesto Bertarelli, who according to his own self-description is a “Swiss entrepreneur active in the fields of...

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Swiss Life pays $77.4 million to placate US tax authorities

Swiss Life at its peak was responsible for over $1 billion in portfolios for US clients. © Keystone / Christian Merz Switzerland’s largest insurance company Swiss Life has agreed to pay CHF70 million ($77.4 million) and enter a deferred prosecution agreement in the United States to resolve accusations it conspired to help wealthy Americans to avoid taxes. The company will pay a $25.3 million fine plus $52.1 million in restitution and forfeiture to resolve a charge it...

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Swiss to develop Covid-19 certificate by end of June

The certificate will be available to anyone who has been vaccinated, has recovered from or has recently tested negative for coronavirus Keystone / Laurent Gillieron A system for issuing a forgery-proof Covid-19 certificate on request will be available by the end of June to anyone in Switzerland who has been vaccinated, has recovered from or has recently tested negative for coronavirus. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) said in a statementExternal link on...

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Federer to auction clothes, rackets and other gear for charity

Top gear: The items up for auction were worn or used during important matches Keystone / Ennio Leanza Millions of Roger Federer fans around the world might be salivating at the prospect of owning some mementos of the Swiss great’s incredible career after he announced he is auctioning off a collection of personal items this summer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, regarded by many as the greatest player ever to wield a tennis racket, is putting various items under the...

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Telecoms company Sunrise to axe 660 jobs

In in seven employees of Switzerland’s second-biggest telecoms company is set to lose his or her job. © Keystone/Christian Beutler Switzerland’s second biggest telecoms group, Sunrise UPC, says it will cut 600 jobs by the end of 2022, following UPC’s CHF6.8 billion ($7.4 billion) takeover of Sunrise Communications last year. About 450 redundancies are expected, representing 13.5% of the company’s 3,350 full-time posts, Sunrise UPC said in a statement on Monday. About...

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WEF set to return to Davos in 2022

The WEF’s annual get-together of business, political and civil society leaders is planned for January 17-22 Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is set to take place in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos again next year. However, reasonable hotel rates are a prerequisite and the Covid-19 situation is also a decisive factor, according to organisers. “We want to remain true to tradition and Davos,” WEF spokesman Yann Zopf...

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Swiss firms get international boost for exports

Major infrastructure building projects abroad are could be an opportunity for Swiss companies to expand their business activities. Keystone/Joerg Sarbach The government has pledged CHF7.8 million ($8.5 million) over the next three years to help Swiss companies participate in major infrastructure projects abroad. The aim is to coordinate cooperation between the private sector and the government administration to help Swiss companies gain international visibility and...

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