Who we are
Stichting Zwitserse Kamer van Koophandel in Nederland, NL-Postbus 26, 3300 AA Dordrecht
National chamber of commerce number: 40530763
Our website address is: https://swisschamberofcommerce.ch.
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Equal rights for LGBTIQ+’s
Around the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer persons and persons of another gender and sexual orientation (LGBTIQ+) face discrimination and violence. But everyone should have the right to be themselves. It doesn’t matter who you are or whom you love. That is why the SCCN promotes equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people worldwide.
Homosexuality is a criminal offence in over 70 countries around the world. In some countries it carries the death penalty. LGBTIQ+ persons are often afraid to report violence to the police. They are worried they will be identified as LGBTIQ+.
The SCCN is committed to:
- abolishing the criminalisation of homosexuality;
- fighting anti-LGBTIQ+ discrimination;
- promoting the social acceptance of LGBTIQ+ persons.
Russia and Belarus policy
On 24 February 2022, without provocation, Russian forces initiated a comprehensive invasion of Ukraine. This egregious step is a blatant violation of the international order and its international law. The attacks have caused the deaths of numerous Ukrainians, terrible animal suffering and devastation of Ukrainian infrastructure and property. We condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprovoked, unjust and illegal invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s actions are a continuation and acceleration of the aggressive steps taken by Russia since early 2014 to undermine Ukrainian security and sovereignty, and have violated the Minsk Agreements.
The European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The EU is also imposing sanctions on Belarus for its involvement in the invasion.
With these sanctions the European Union seeks to:
- make it difficult for Russia to finance the war in Ukraine;
- show the individuals responsible (such as the Russian political elite) the invasion of Ukraine has economic and political consequences;
- make Belarus pay a heavy price for its involvement.
SCCN supports these sanctions and boycotts Russian and Belarusian businesses and investors.
Boycotting Chinese businesses
The counter-intelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party are a grave threat to the economic well-being and democratic values of the free world.
To be clear, the adversary is not the Chinese people or people of Chinese descent or heritage. The threat comes from the programs and policies pursued by an authoritarian government.
The Chinese government is employing tactics that seek to influence lawmakers and public opinion to achieve policies that are more favorable to China.
At the same time, the Chinese government is seeking to become the world’s greatest superpower through predatory lending and business practices, systematic theft of intellectual property, and brazen cyber intrusions.
China’s efforts target businesses, academic institutions, researchers, lawmakers, and the public and will require a whole-of-society response. The government and the private sector must commit to working together to better understand and counter the threat. SCCN has therefore decided to boycott Chinese businesses and investors.
Diversity, equity and inclusion policy
SCCN is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.
We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
SCCN’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:
- Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
- Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
- Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
- Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity.
All employees of SCCN have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times.
We see sustainability as a long-term force for change in markets, countries and companies. We are convinced that considering ESG factors results in better informed business decisions and therefore leads to better results for our clients. Since our establishment in 1933, we have maintained a long-term view on business development.
Exclusions are applied to controversial products and severe breaches of the UN Global Compact and/or OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises when a dialogue does not yield the required change. For topics like climate change and human rights specific policies and approaches have been developed. Carrying out stewardship responsibilities is an integral part of SCCN’s Sustainable Business Development approach. Our commitment to Sustainable Business Development is reflected in our endorsement of independent and broadly accepted codes of conduct and principles.