Events of SECO/FDFAE related to «business and human rights»

Awareness-raising events highlighting human rights and business (2018-19)

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) have commissioned twentyfifty, a management consultancy, to conduct awareness-raising events and training on the topic of business and human rights. These events – intended for Swiss companies, trade federations and chambers of commerce – will be held in 2018 and 2019.


The events will provide inspiration and practical support for Swiss companies of different sizes and spanning various industries as they implement human-rights due diligence within their respective organisations. twentyfifty, the management consultancy commissioned to conduct these events, offers real-life input, expertise and extensive experience, making the topic accessible to Swiss companies and enabling them to discuss it in an atmosphere of trust.


twentyfifty will confer with participating partner organisations to tailor the types of awareness-raising and training events to their specific needs, taking into account the industry and size of the companies as well as participants’ positions within their companies.

For further information:

Workshop: "Adressing Human Rights in Coffee and Cocoa Value Chains"
Embedding the Commodity Trading Sector Guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Date: 16th of January 2020, 09:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Place: Office of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Holzikofenweg 36, 3003 Bern
Partners: Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) and the Swiss Coffee and Trading Association (SCTA).

More information: here

Workshop: "Respect des droits de l’homme dans l’industrie horlogère : Les étapes à suivre"
Date: 28th of January 2020, 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Place: Geneva
Partner: Foundation High Horology

More information: here

Workshop: "Nachhaltiger Erfolg dank verantwortlicher Unternehmensführung: Workshop zur menschenrechtlichen Sorgfalt für Schweizer ICT-Unternehmen"
Date: to be determined (January)
Place: Zurich
Partner: SwissICT

Overview of previous events

FDFA and EAER have organized various awareness-raising events and training on the topic of business and human rights together with chambers of commerce, sectorial associations and other organizations. Hereunder you will find a list of the organizations, which collaborated in the organization of those events:

-       Amfori
-       Chambre de commerce, d'industrie et des services de Genève (CCIG)
-       Chambre Vaudoise du Commerce et de l’Industrie (CVCI)
-       Fial
-       Global Compact Network Switzerland
-       Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales (GEM)
-       Handelskammer beider Basel (HKBB)
-       Öbu
-       Scienceindustries Switzerland
-       Swiss Cosmetic and Detergent Association (SKW)
-       Swiss Holdings
-       Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF)
-       Swisstextiles
-       Swiss Trading & Shipping Association (STSA)
-       Verband der Schweizerischen Lack- und Farbenindustrie (VSLF)
-       Zug Commodity Association (ZCA)
-       Zürcher Handelskammer (ZHK)