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Largest Swiss companies: how good is their ESG performance?


Environment, social and governance issues have to be at the heart of every business and organisation. National and supranational regulations are demanding it and those demands will only increase. Buyers are demanding it of their value chain. And, perhaps most importantly, consumers want it.

We examined Switzerland’s 48 biggest companies to examine their ESG performance. As you’d expect, they are good. The best performers are those operating in controversial industries, for example the extraction sector, because they have a stronger need to protect their reputations.

Likewise, B2C companies typically perform better than their B2B counterparts, because they are under more scrutiny from more customers.

But these leading companies also provide some learnings. It is important to ensure ESG is fully integrated across the entire organisation. Having a solid ESG structure, with a dedicated unit or department, is an excellent start but it isn’t enough: ESG thinking has to inculcate everything everyone does.

And, having done the work, it is essential to be seen to be doing the work. Every business needs full and transparent ESG communications, so every stakeholder knows that they are doing.

You can download the report here. While the companies in the report have the most specific learnings, lessons go way beyond them to encompass organisations of all shapes and sizes. 


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Largest Swiss companies: ESG and sustainability maturity.
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Lukasz Bochenek

Managing Director / Deputy CEO, based in Geneva

Lukasz is Managing Director for Switzerland, Belgium and UK offices as well as deputy CEO for Leidar. He oversees key international client projects and relationships. In addition, he manages external partnerships and memberships of Leidar.