Switzerland Country Profile

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A Snapshot of Corruption in Switzerland Zurich

The Switzerland country profile provides companies with an analysis of how corruption affects the country’s political environment and business climate. Readers can find detailed descriptions of the country's efforts in curbing corruption, corruption-related legislation, risk-prone sectors and industries and more. This profile's General Information chapter provides an overview of anti-corruption activities and corruption risks in relation Switzerland’s political, business and regulatory environments. The following are some of the initiatives that the Government of Switzerland has undertaken in order to curb corruption:

  • Switzerland has amended its exchange of information framework and lowered requirements for exchanging information between countries in order to crackdown on tax evasion.
  • The government has initiated discussions to criminalise bribery within private organisations to target bribery within international sports associations with headquarters in Switzerland.

However, the government still faces challenges in curbing this phenomenon, including:

  • Switzerland lags behind on the establishment of a framework regulating political financing, which contributes to a lack of transparency.
  • The government has initiated discussions for the amendment of the laws governing the protection of whistleblowers; nevertheless, concrete steps have still not been taken.
  • Switzerland is among the countries that adopted an exception for facilitation payments in its legislation.

Detailed descriptions of the level of corruption in a number of sectors are outlined in the profile's Corruption Levels. For a more detailed analysis of government, media and civil society anti-corruption activities, visit the Public Anti-Corruption Initiatives and Private Anti-Corruption Initiatives chapters. Please note that the Switzerland country profile contains a special Banking Sector chapter devoted to financial and tax evasion issues.


Switzerland Corruption News



Publication date: December 2013

Data verified by: GAN Integrity Solutions

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