How are Swiss companies leading the green revolution?

Posting date: 25 April 2024

The green revolution symbolises a global shift towards embracing sustainable practices and prioritising environmental responsibility. It's a movement that underscores our collective commitment to preserving the planet for future generations.

In recent years, Swiss companies have emerged as frontrunners in this endeavor, significantly ramping up their efforts to adopt sustainable business practices and align with Science-Based Target initiatives (SBTi). This surge in commitment, which has tripled since 2020, speaks volumes about Switzerland's unwavering dedication to leading the charge towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Let’s explore how innovative Swiss companies are paving the way for a greener future.


The green revolution and sustainable business practices

As the green revolution in Switzerland continues to expand, many companies are increasingly engaging in the ‘circular economy’, promoting sustainable resource use and reducing waste.

In a recent survey, over three-quarters of Swiss companies reported that they had notably increased their investment in sustainability in the past 12 years.

Here’s why sustainability is important in business and what economic advantages the green revolution can include.

·   Reduced business costs—As companies move toward renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies, they save on overhead and operating costs.

·   Market advantage & innovation—Embracing sustainable and green-friendly business practices position companies as market innovators, making them more attractive options for progressive partnerships.

The companies investing in sustainability also leverage the three pillars of sustainable business—namely:

Environmental Sustainability

·   Reducing pollution

·   Conserving resources

·   Transitioning to renewable energy sources

Social Sustainability

·   Fair labor practices

·   Diversity and inclusion

·   Responsibly sourcing materials to impact the supply chain

Economic Sustainability

·   Efficient resource management to minimize waste and optimise costs

·   Responsible investment strategies

·   Innovation for sustainable business growth


Swiss companies are leading the way to a green future

Clean Technology and Innovation

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, is developing cutting-edge solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy integration. Their innovative high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems enable the efficient transmission of renewable energy over long distances, minimising energy loss and supporting the transition from fossil fuels.

Sustainable Manufacturing

Holcim is a building materials giant and a champion of circular economy principles. They have pioneered recycled materials in cement production, significantly reducing their environmental impact.

Green Finance

UBS - a prominent Swiss bank and a leader in sustainable investment solutions - offer many green investment options, allowing their clients to contribute to a greener future.

Government Initiatives

Going beyond individual companies, the Swiss government is committed to sustainability and uses initiatives to drive that point home.

They support green initiatives through various programs, including:

1. Ambitious emissions reduction goals: Switzerland has set an ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

2. Incentives for green practices: The Swiss government also provides various incentives for companies that invest in clean technologies and sustainable practices. These incentives include tax breaks and subsidies to help businesses adopt greener solutions.

How to embrace sustainable business practices on the individual level

While it's essential to analyse the sustainability efforts of governments and corporations, we shouldn't overlook our individual impact. Sustainable business practices must happen from the top down, but each of us has the power to make a difference on our own level.

Here’s how you can embrace change and contribute to a more sustainable future:

1. Be a conscious consumer: Make informed choices when purchasing products. Research companies’ sustainability practices and prioritise brands committed to environmental responsibility.

2. Embrace green habits: Reduce your carbon footprint by opting for sustainable transportation like public transport, cycling, or carpooling.

3. Support sustainable businesses: Look for companies prioritising sustainability in their hiring practices. Seek out employers committed to green initiatives and a culture of environmental responsibility.


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Switzerland's commitment to sustainability is nothing short of inspiring, with countless companies spearheading the green revolution.

At Swisslinx, we recognize the pivotal role these companies play in shaping a more sustainable future, and we're proud to be part of their journey by connecting them with exceptional talent.

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