On 1 April 2015, the Swiss Federal Council adopted a position paper on corporate social responsibility. It was prepared as part of an interdepartmental process under the aegis of SECO and based on a consultation between the various stakeholders. It has two main goals: 1. Informing companies and their stakeholders about the federal government’s goals and expectations as regards CSR; 2. Providing an overview of the government’s current and future CSR-related activities.
The CSR Position Paper sets out four strategic priorities for the federal government’s activities:
- Co-developing CSR framework conditions;
- Raising awareness among and supporting Swiss companies as they implement CSR;
- Promoting CSR in developing countries and transitional economies;
- Encouraging transparency in CSR activities.
The measures with respect to the four priorities are laid out in an action plan for 2015–2019, which forms an integral part of the Position Paper.