Events

Upcoming events.

Cultivating Women’s Leadership Breakfast
March 08th (08:00 hrs.)

SwissCham Mexico in collaboration with European chambers of EUROCAM, invites you to the breakfast to commemorate #8M on March 8th from 8:00 to 10:30 hrs. at the Club de Industriales, Polanco. We will have a panel discussion on the importance of Cultivating Women’s Leadership in organizations. Registration here (Affiliates and Experts Network).

Francophonie Networking Cocktail CDMX
March 19h (18:00 hrs.)

SwissCham Mexico and CanCham Mexico invite you to a networking event to commemorate Francophonie Month on March 19 at 18:00 hrs. We will have two panels on the culture, economy and business opportunities of the French-speaking world in Mexico. Registration here (Affiliates and Experts Network).

Francophonie Networking Cocktail QRO
March 21th (17:00 hrs.)

SwissCham Mexico, CCI France Mexico Bajío Chapter and CanCham Mexico invite you to their networking cocktail to commemorate the Francophonie month this coming March 21 at 19:00 hrs. at the facilities of the Colegio Suizo, Campus Querétaro, with the support of WMP Mexico Advisors. Sponsorships available. Registration here (Affiliates and Experts Network).

Public Affairs Group Meeting – Strategy 2024

The Public Affairs, Corporate, Communication and Marketing group kicked off its activities yesterday with welcoming remarks by Karina Lerma, President of SwissCham Mexico, in order to present the coordination proposal, as well as the Swiss Chamber’s 2024 strategy.

Thank you very much for joining us!

Forum “Energy Sustainability and Innovation in the Automotive Sector in the North”.

SwissChamNorte | Together with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, we held the Forum “Energy Sustainability and Innovation in the Automotive Sector” in Saltillo with more than 70 guests, representatives of Swiss and Spanish companies, government authorities and strategic allies. For the first panel we had representatives from the companies Kuehne + Nagel, Georg Fischer and Naturgy. In the innovation part we had the participation of SICPA and Mobility Hub. We extend our warmest thanks to Oscar Eduardo Martínez Gaona, Director of Investment Projects of the Ministry of Economy of Coahuila, Ana Cecy Mata, Deputy Director of Economic Development of Saltillo, and Fabiola Aguilar Martinez, General Director of CIAC – Automotive Cluster of Coahuila.

Meeting with Nuevo León authorities

This week at #SwissChamNorte we were honored to receive the Ambassador of Switzerland, Pietro Piffaretti, in Nuevo León, as well as the presence of the Swiss Business Hub Mexico. We appreciate the interesting agenda that included a high-level exchange with the Secretary of Economy of the State of Nuevo Leon, a valuable meeting with the consular group of Monterrey accompanied by presentations on the relevance of tourism in both Switzerland and Mexico, as well as an interesting visit to the Center for Integral Coordination, Control, Command, Communications and Computing (C5) NL.

Participation of Team Switzerland in Womex 51

With Switzerland as a guest of Womex 51, Ambassador Pietro Piffaretti shared about the economic relations between Switzerland and Mexico, along with the nearshoring panorama presented by the Director of the Swiss Business Hub Mexico, Ruben Araiza. With the participation of Karina Lerma, President of SwissCham Mexico, we carried out a fruitful networking together with the #TeamSwitzerland : Rosita Perez Piffaretti, Yves Renfer President of Swiss Community Mexico, Hans Broder Representative Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, Michelle Adamo, Emilia Pfeiffer, and the more than 100 participants who attended the event.

Round table with Swiss companies in San Luis Potosí

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Last Thursday we held a round table of Swiss companies in San Luis Potosí with welcoming remarks by Karina Lerma, President of SwissCham Mexico, and the participation of Jorge Amadeo Del Castillo Tapia, Head of the Office of the Secretary of Economic Development of the Government of the State of San Luis Potosí, Mónica Barragán, General Director of Industrial Development and Promotion, and Ricardo Torres Miranda, Director of Industrial Zones, with the aim of exploring future synergies, promoting business development and strengthening the relationship between companies and state authorities.

Inauguration of Curaden’s new offices

With more than 13 years operating in Mexico, Curaden Mexico, under the direction of Ariel Alborino, strengthens its operations and services focused on oral health care and innovation, inaugurating its new offices in Mexico City! Karina Lerma, President of SwissCham Mexico, gave a welcoming speech at the event, with the presence of José Antonio Velázquez, Officer for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico, reaffirming the commitment of the Swiss Chamber to continue promoting the investment of Swiss companies that choose Mexico as a reliable destination to establish their operations. Congratulations!

Signing of the Dual Education Agreement Monosuisse – CECYTEQ Querétaro

With the support of SwissCham Mexico, #CECyTEQ and #Monosuisse signed a #EducationDual agreement with the objective of providing practical training to plastics students at the Monosuisse facilities in #Querétaro.

From SwissCham Mexico we will continue to promote initiatives together with the Swiss private sector in favor of the professional training of Mexican talent!

Francophonie Month Querétaro Cocktail Reception

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We celebrate the month of the French-speaking world! In collaboration with CANCHAMMX Canada Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and CCI France Mexico Bajío, and with the support of WMP Mexico Advisors, we organized a networking cocktail of French-speaking countries at the Colegio Suizo Campus Querétaro.

Francophonie Month CDMX Cocktail Reception

We celebrated Francophonie Month in #CDMX, a networking event organized by SwissCham Mexico and CANCHAMMX Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, which included two panels moderated by Simon Blondin, Honorary Counselor of SwissCham Mexico, and Yves Dominique Reymond Vanegas, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico.

We thank the General Delegation of Québec in Mexico for supporting this successful networking event, the occasion to strengthen ties between partners of both chambers. Thank you for joining us!

Inauguration of Sulzer’s new plant in Edomex

Congratulations Sulzer Mexico on the inauguration of its new vertical pump plant! An investment of more than 6.0 MDD in the municipality of Cuautitlán Izcalli in the State of Mexico.

Karina Lerma, President of SwissCham Mexico, gave welcoming remarks at the event, with the presence of Suzanne Thoma, Global CEO of Sulzer, Claude Ollivier, CEO of Sulzer Pumps Mexico, and Yves Dominique Reymond Vanegas, Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico.

8th General Assembly and Cocktail Networking Committees

We celebrated the 8th General Assembly of the Swiss Chamber by welcoming Karina Lerma as the new President of SwissCham Mexico, and with the distinguished presence of Pietro Piffaretti, Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico, we congratulated Caio Zuccarelli, Vice President, and Adriana Chaparro, Treasurer, on the beginning of their terms on the Board of Directors 2024. In addition, we recognized the contribution of the Board Members who are completing their term of office: Gustavo Galvan-Duque, Francisco Diaz Rosete, Arnaud Laurans, and Jaime Hill.

Marking the closing of his term as President of the Swiss Chamber, Simon Blondin inaugurated the Annual Networking Cocktail for Thematic Committees, as an activity that strengthens the bonds of collaboration and promotes business development among our members. Thank you very much!

Eurocam Breakfast “Cultivating Women’s Leadership”.

#8M : International Women’s Day
From SwissCham Mexico and #EUROCAM we commemorated International Women’s Day at the breakfast “Cultivating Female Leadership”, with the participation of Karina Lerma, CEO of Fracht Group Mexico and Vice President of SwissCham Mexico. This year, the Swiss Chamber reinforces its commitment to gender equality in the world of work, through the 2nd joint adherence of Swiss companies to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (#WEPs), the 4th edition of the mentoring program Women Leaders, and the annual Swiss Women Leaders Forum to be held in the framework of #25N, international day for the fight against gender violence.

Social Responsibility Breakfast in Swiss Companies in Querétaro

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Yesterday we held a breakfast with the objective of sharing good practices in Social Responsibility in Swiss Companies, with the participation of Francisco Castro, General Director of Givaudan Mexico, Ana Cristina Tovalin, Sustainability Manager of Nestlé, and Jacqueline Pineda, Social Responsibility Coordinator of Holcim Mexico. We thank the companies that joined us!

Zurich’s Tabasco Flood Resilience Program

We congratulate Zurich Insurance in Mexico for reinforcing its commitment to communities affected by heavy flooding, through the launch of the third stage of the “Flood Resilience Program in Tabasco”, a collaboration since 2013 with Cruz Roja Mexicana I.A.P..

In its Global Risks Report 2024, Zurich Insurance reiterates that extreme weather and drastic change in earth systems are the greatest long-term concern. Therefore, this year the program focuses on climate resilience, training communities on how to act in situations to which they are exposed.

Impact Capital Breakfast

At the headquarters of UBS Mexico, the Audit and Finance & Social Responsibility and Ethics committees met jointly to address the continuum of capital and finance for impact by Samir Hamra, Knowledge Co-manager of Latimpacto; and sustainable finance: capacity building by Serafin Martinez Jaramillo, Manager of Environmental and Social Risk Analysis and Policies of Banco de México.

We thank Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico, Itzar Amuchástegui, Country Manager and María Carolina Suarez Visbal, CEO of Latimpacto, and CFOs of the Swiss companies for joining us!

Webinar Supply Chain Nuevo León

#SwissChamNorte
With the participation of Javier Mendoza, Director of Productive Chains and Dario Cantu Lankenau, Supply Chain Coordinator of the Ministry of Economy of the State of Nuevo Leon, we held a webinar to inform Swiss companies about the Supply Hub Platform of #NuevoLeón, which allows businesses to register their processes, products and services so that firms arriving in the state can locate them.

Learn about the Supply Hub digital platform here: https://lnkd.in/eykZisdt

Working Groups Coordinators Breakfast

Together with the President of SwissCham Mexico, Simon Blondin, and the Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico, Pietro Piffaretti, we held a working meeting with the coordinators of the Thematic Committees of the Swiss Chamber, with the aim of aligning cross-cutting issues to promote the development of a positive work agenda.

We thank the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico for the invitation and congratulate the coordinations, for having achieved in 2023 a total of 40 meetings of our 11 working groups and the new Corporate Affairs working group, 14 meetings with authorities and 2 diploma courses in ESG and Sustainability and Public Health.

Eurocam Occidente Cocktail

#SwissChamOccidente
We celebrated the first European Cocktail in #Guadalajara together with AHK Mexiko | CAMEXA, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and with the support of Sika, a leading Swiss company in the production of chemicals for construction, with the aim of promoting networking among the European community in the #West region.

We thank the community of Swiss companies in Guadalajara ABB, Actinver, Delvitech SA Holcim Mexico, Kuehne+Nagel, mageba group, Schindler Group, Sika, SUHNER Group, Utz Group, Zurich Insurance, experts Baker Tilly Mexico and allies of Canieti Sede Occidente and the Government of the State of Jalisco, for joining us!

Inauguration of new ABB offices

Congratulations to ABB for the grand opening event of its corporate offices in #CDMX! Leading company in energy and automation technologies based in Zurich, Switzerland, has offices in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Coatzacoalcos, in addition to a Manufacturing and Engineering Campus in San Luis Potosi.

We wish them the best of success to continue promoting the employability and development of Mexico!

Wine & Cheese – Economic Perspectives 2024

With the moderation of Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico, and the special participation of Marc Martinez Selma, CEO of Zurich Insurance Mexico, Miguel Freire, CEO of Novartis Mexico, and Anna Garcia, CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli Mexico, we held an exchange panel that explored the sectorial perspectives of Swiss companies in Mexico for 2024.

We thank the CEOs and CFOs of the Audit and Finance Committee of the companies affiliated to the Swiss Chamber for their valuable presence at this meeting, as well as Emmi Group/Mexideli and Lindt & Sprüngli for accompanying our events!

Webinar – World Economic Forum 2024 + Swiss Political System

#Webinar WEF 2024 & Federal Elections in Switzerland

Welcomed by Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico and Cecilia Jaber, Ambassador of Mexico to Switzerland and Leichtenstein, Yael Smadja, Director of Smadja & Smadja and Dan Scott, CIO of Vontobel provided their perspectives on the main findings of the World Economic Forum 2024.
In addition, Valentin Pfyffer, Manager Bajío y Occidente of SwissCham Mexico addressed the political system and the Swiss federal elections in 2023.
We thank the audience of participating Swiss companies for enriching the dialogue on #WEF2024 and the Swiss political system!

Economic and labor outlook 2024 Bajío

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Last week, we kicked off our activities in Bajio with an event to exchange economic, labor and fiscal perspectives for 2024, with the participation of Ramon de la Rosa, Deputy Director of Analysis at Actinver, Miguel Alejandro Flores Diaz, Attorney at Law at WMP Mexico Advisors, Abel Mejia, Partner and Juan Carlos Jimenez Labora Mateos, Industrial Partner at Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C..

Roundtable with SDES Guanajuato

Yesterday we held a roundtable with Ramón Alfaro Gómez, Secretary, and Alejandro Hernández Fonseca, Undersecretary of Investment Attraction, of the Secretariat of Sustainable Economic Development of the Government of the State of Guanajuato to learn about opportunities in the State and exchange about the challenges of Swiss companies established in #Guanajuato.

XXIX Board of Directors SwissCham Mexico

SwissCham Mexico held at the Swiss Residence the last Board of Directors meeting of the year 2023 with the presence of its President Simon Blondin, and the Ambassador of Switzerland, Pietro Piffaretti. We thank the Ambassador and his distinguished wife Rosita Pérez Piffaretti for their warm hospitality. During the meeting, the Director General, Emilia Pfeiffer, presented the achievements and activities completed during the year, and the Treasurer, Caio Zuccarelli, the closing of the budget.

We extend our appreciation to the Board Members for their invaluable collaboration, to Mr. Fausto Costa from Nestlé as special guest, to the Swiss Business Hub Mexico for their participation in the session, as well as to the Chamber’s team for the great dynamism during the year.

Mexico Business Summit 2023

The President of SwissCham Mexico, Simon Blondin, visited the Mexico Business Summit pavilion with the Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Pietro Piffaretti, following his presentation “Switzerland Unique Approach to ESG Practices”.

We highlight the participation of Karina Lerma, Vice President of SwissCham Mexico and CEO of Fracht Mexico, in the panel “Tech-Enabled Fleet Management: The Quest for Efficient, Green Logistics”. An exchange of challenges and perspectives on the future of #industrialogistics in Mexico.

New Year’s Eve Toast in Bajío – Visit to GESIPA

#SwissChamBajío
This is how we experienced the year-end toast in the Bajío at the plant of our expert Gesipa MX.

We thank The Adecco Group, Zurich Insurance, Sika, ZEITGEIST Consulting Group, Adval Tech, Fracht México, ABB, DataWare Soluciones, Utz Group, Givaudan, SUHNER Group and Sánchez DeVanny Eseverri, S.C. for their assistance and valuable contributions in 2023. May the successes continue in 2024!

Closing of the ESG and Sustainability Program 2023

We concluded our ESG and Sustainability Program with the participation of Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico, Iñigo Caballero Poucel from Novartis Mexico, Laure Nashed from the Swiss Embassy in Mexico and Martha Sofía Niño Sulkowska, on behalf of SEMARNAT. With the support of Novartis Mexico, the Swiss Chambers in Latin America and more than 12 experts from Switzerland and LATAM, we trained more than 100 representatives from the public and private sector.

We thank the invaluable support of Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México, Secretaría de Economía México and the companies ABB, Adecco, Bossard Group, Energy Factor, Zurich Insurance, Givaudan, Holcim México, Komax, MGCS, Nestlé, SICPA, South Pole, Sulzer and Trane Technologies for promoting dialogue on best practices and learning on ESG!

#ESG #Sustainability #InternationalCollaboration

Closing of Public Health Program 2023

We are pleased to announce the successful closing of SwissCham Mexico’s Public Health 2023 Program, in collaboration with the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), Swiss Chambers in LATAM and Roche Mexico! We are pleased to announce the successful closing of SwissCham Mexico’s Public Health 2023 Program, in collaboration with the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), Swiss Chambers in LATAM and Roche Mexico! More than 100 representatives from the public, private and academic sectors from across the region were part of this achievement. We extend our thanks to Dr. Jorge Tanaka of Roche Mexico and Yves Dominique Reymond Vanegas, Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico for their invaluable impetus to this program, whose primary objective is to close the health access gap.

Thank you all for being part of this initiative that positively impacts our community! 👏🌐 #PublicHealth #InternationalCollaboration.

SWISStainability Forum

The SWISStainability Forum was held yesterday at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro. It was the opportunity to share the best practices of Swiss companies in terms of sustainability, environment and ESG of Swiss companies present in Mexico. Novartis Mexico, a global pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, whose purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and prolong people’s lives by using science and technology to discover treatments, was the gold sponsor, sharing its expertise on ESG in health.

We thank the panelists, the audience, SwissCham President Simon Blondin and Swiss Ambassador to Mexico Pietro Piffaretti for their presence.

To replay the webcast, click here: https://lnkd.in/e3TvD32q

Plastimagen 2023

SwissCham Mexico visited the Swiss pavilion at #plastimagen2023 organized by Switzerland Global Enterprise and Swiss Business Hub Mexico with the presence of leading Swiss companies in the sector, as well as the participation of the Ambassador of Switzerland, Pietro Piffaretti.

It was an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends, contact with companies present and strengthen ties for the presence of the Swiss private sector in the region!

Intercham Monterrey Networking Cocktail

#SwissChamNorte
This is how the networking event of the Foreign Chambers of Commerce was experienced in #Monterrey: with more than 200 representatives of companies affiliated to 8 Chambers of Commerce based in the state, we held the second edition of the InterCham Cocktail.

Do you already know SGS, a Swiss company world leader in testing, inspections and certifications for industry? We invite you to visit their website and learn more about their services: https://www.sgs.com/es-mx

See you next time!

CEOs Roundtable – Visit of Swiss Delegation SECO

SwissCham México welcomed Hervé Lohr , Head for the Americas at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), for a productive CEO roundtable breakfast. Karina Lerma , SwissCham Vice President, and the Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico, Pietro Piffaretti provided a warm welcome to the Swiss delegation joined as well by Johannes Rühl from SECO and Kevin Kienast from Switzerland Global Enterprise.

We are grateful to the participating companies and the Swiss Business Hub Mexico for the enlightening multisectoral insights and wish the delegation a very constructive agenda in Mexico!

European Networking Cocktail – Bajío

#SwissChamBajío
This is how our European Networking Cocktail organized together with the European Chambers of Bajío was experienced last Thursday in #Querétaro, with the participation of more than 220 representatives of the main European companies in Bajío.

We thank our affiliate Actinver for their support and Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico, for his words of welcome!

Visit to Querétaro Airport

#SwissChamBajío visited the Querétaro International Airport, a crucial platform for commercial exchange between Switzerland and Mexico.

In 2021 alone, Swiss companies contributed 3.7 billion dollars in imports and exports of high quality products to the country, consolidating their position in the logistics sector.

We thank the Querétaro International Airport and Términal Logistics for hosting us and the companies Adecco, ADVAL TECH MEXICO, Gesipa MX, Kuehne+Nagel, mageba group, DATAWARE SOLUCIONES S.A. de C.V., ZEITGEIST Consulting Group, Actinver, ABB, Givaudan, Zurich Insurance and #Monosuisse for participating in this visit!

Working Groups Networking Cocktail – Health Panel

Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico and Dr. Jorge Tanaka, Public Government Affairs Manager of Roche Mexico, inaugurated the Annual Networking Cocktail for Thematic Committees.

With the panel “Women’s Health. Let’s Change History” we listened to the expertise and gave visibility to the importance of attending to health with a gender perspective. The participation of Maryet Perez Barahona, Medical Director of Roche Mexico; Judith Melendez, Executive Director of Hospital Care of the Ministry of Health of the CDMX; and Alexandra Garcilazo Reyes, Physician attached to the Breast Tumor Service of the National Institute of Cancerology, were gratifying in terms of #research, #technology and #diagnosis.

International Chambers of Commerce – Meeting with Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo

The member Chambers of the Mexican Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of European Countries (#EUROCAM) in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico held a meeting of International Chambers of Commerce with Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Coordinator of Defense of the Fourth Transformation.

The participation of SwissCham Mexico together with its President Simon Blondin and the participating chambers reiterates the interest of European companies in continuing to invest in Mexico and the importance of promoting a favorable climate for this.

Political and Economic Outlook Conference Occidente

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We organized in #Guadalajara a breakfast conference about political and economic perspectives, in which we welcomed Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico and Enrique Covarrubias, Chief Economist of Actinver.

We thank the companies Antropomedia, Zurich Insurance, Sika, Schindler Group, ABB, Holcim Mexico, SUHNER Group, SGS, The Adecco Group and allies of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce for joining us!

Swiss Security Panel 2023

The Swiss Security 2023 Panel took place last Friday in the framework of the Security Committee of SwissCham Mexico.

In the 1st panel on cybersecurity moderated by Yves Dominique Reymond Vanegas on behalf of the Embassy of Switzerland generated an interesting dialogue together with Maria del Rosario Mülli-Ramirez, Carlos Tlahuel. Diego Martinez and Paris Reyes from Threema, DGTIC UNAM, AmCham and Schindler.In the 2nd panel we were joined by Juan Manuel Aguilar Antonio as moderator to discuss conventional security with Luis Gerardo Gonzalez, Jesus Islas, Iulia Simon, Luis Garcia and Alberto Martinez Salinas from SICPA, Novartis, CH Toro International, CANACAR and CANAITRAM.

We thank Threema for joining this important event, as well as the Swiss companies and institutions present!

Launching of the Public Health Program 2023

This morning SwissCham Mexico together with Swiss chambers from the region and more than 80 participants from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panama and Peru, we kicked off the #ProgramaSaludPública with a presentation by Prof. Dr. Antoine Flahault (Twitter @FLAHAULT), Director of the Institute for Global Health at the Université de Genève and Director of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), Zurich.

We thank Roche Mexico for the support and the participants from Mexico and Latin America for enriching the discussion!

Northern Political and Economic Outlook Conference

#SwissChamNorte

Last Wednesday, together with Simon Blondin, the President of SwissCham Mexico, we held a conference about the political and economic outlook of Mexico by Enrique Covarrubias, Chief Economist of Actinver.

We thank the Swiss companies ABB, Bossard Mexico, dsm-firmenich, GF Machining Solutions, J. Safra Sarasin, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Roche Mexico, SGS, Bystronic Mexico S.A. de C.V. and EuropTec for their participation!

Compliance Breakfast SwissCham Bajío

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On Wednesday we organized a breakfast about compliance issues in companies, given by our experts ZEITGEIST Consulting Group and Baker Tilly.

Many thanks to our affiliates Zurich Insurance, Fracht Mexico, The Adecco Group, Kuehne+Nagel, Actinver, mageba group, ABB, Givaudan, SGS and experts Gesipa MX, WMP Mexico Advisors, MGCS, Deloitte for joining us!

2nd Meeting of the Corporate Affairs Group

SwissCham México celebrated the Corporate Affairs Working Group session with Laurent Develle, EVP Group General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs at Regal Springs.

During the event he shared his knowledge on sustainability, as well as insights and practical cases on challenges and opportunities for corporate affairs from a global perspective.

We appreciate this enlightening presentations and the attendees participation from ABB , Givaudan , Holcim México , Lindt & Sprüngli , Novartis México , Roche México , Sandoz México , SGS , Zurich Insurance

ESG and Sustainability 2023 Program Launching

SwissCham Mexico together with Swiss chambers in the region and more than 100 participants from Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay, we kicked off the #ESGProgram with presentations by Eduardo Lima, Internal Control and Operational Risk Deputy Director of Zurich Insurance Mexico; Miguel Chavarría, Head of Climate Solutions LAC and Mexico Director of South Pole Mexico; and Luciano Carmona Villarino, Chief Risk Officer Latam of Swiss Re Mexico.

We thank the participants from Swiss companies in Mexico and Latin America for enriching the discussion!

Meeting with Querétaro Energy Agency

#SwissChamBajío met at a roundtable with the Querétaro Energy Agency to exchange perspectives on energy projects and electricity supply in #Querétaro.

We thank the affiliated companies ABB, Adecco, Actinver, Fracht Mexico, GESIPA, Holcim Mexico, mageba group, Monosuisse, Nestlé, SIKA MEXICANA, Zurich Insurance, and expert network DataWare Soluciones Punto Cero para el Desarrollo, Rödl & Partner Mexico and ZEITGEIST Consulting Group for joining us!

Signing of the Straumann – CONALEP Dual Education Agreement

SwissCham Mexico reinforces its commitment to professional development by signing a #DualEducation Agreement with Straumann Group and CONALEP, whose purpose is to promote the training of young Mexicans in higher education, as well as to boost the productivity of Swiss companies.

We thank Straumann Group and CONALEP for joining this valuable initiative!

Closing of the Mentoring Program 2023

With the participation of more than 90 female employees of Swiss companies, we concluded the 3rd edition of “Women Leaders”, the #mentoring program recognized by the United Nations Global Compact as a good practice aimed at #ODS5.

We thank Simon Blondin, President of SwissCham Mexico, Yves Dominique Reymond Vanegas, Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico, Adriana Chaparro, Country Leader for dsm-firmenich, Yvette Mucharraz, DSocSci, Dr. Professor at #CIMAD, Vicente Magana, CEO of ABB Mexico

Dual Education Committee 2023

SwissCham Mexico participated in the Steering Committee of #EduaciónDual chaired by Ms. Nora Rubalcaba, Undersecretary of Higher Secondary Education at the Ministry of Public Education.

We appreciate the invitation to continue promoting, together with key actors and the #SwissEducationDual Alliance, this educational model that strengthens the competitiveness of companies, as well as the insertion of young people into the formal labor market.

SwissCham Mexico – COFEPRIS meeting

SwissCham Mexico held a working meeting with the Commissioner of Health Promotion Pablo Quiroga Adame and the Directorate of International Affairs of COFEPRIS to continue the dialogue on collaboration in regulatory affairs through concrete proposals towards a shared responsibility.

We appreciate the commitment of openness to continue promoting multi-sectorial dialogue!

Mexico’s Industry Supply Chain 2023

SwisshCham México estuve presente en el Mexico’s Industry Supply Chain en Monterrey. Las empresas suizas participaron en el encuentro más importante del país para proveeduría de la industria: Kuehne+Nagel, Utz Group, Fracht México, Georgfischer, Belimo, Curaprox México, ABB, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, dormakaba México, Centroamérica y El Caribe, Delvitech SA. La innovación tecnológica que caracteriza al sector privado suizo es clave para aprovechar las oportunidades de nearshoring

Business Breakfast – Energy and Sustainability Working Group

At the Energy and Sustainability Working Group business breakfast, innovative solutions were presented by Swiss companies SICPA, SGS, South Pole and Georg Fischer to be both efficient and sustainable.

We thank Patricia Toledo, Head of Business Sustainability LAN at Syngenta for coordinating the Committee and the Swiss companies dsm-firmenich, Georg Fischer, Holcim Mexico, Lindt & Sprüngli, SGS, SICPA, SIKA MEXICANA, South Pole, Syngenta, and expert network MGCS, Rödl & Partner for joining us!

Swiss National Day Celebrations 2023

SwissCham Mexico celebrated the Swiss National Day in Querétaro, Guadalajara and Hacienda Panoaya with the participation of SICPA, Curaprox Mexico, Nestlé, Ricola and Lindt & Sprüngli!

We thank the Honorary Consul of Querétaro and Guadalajara respectively and the Maurer family for the invitation.

Working meetings in Chihuahua

#SwissChamNorte

SwissCham Mexico and representatives of Swiss companies were present in the state of Chihuahua to strengthen multi-sectoral actions in corporate responsibility and to benefit regional socioeconomic development.

Carla Rivas, Secretary of Human Development and Common Good of the State of Chihuahua, the Secretariat of Indigenous Peoples and Communities and Chihuahua City Invest for promoting joint

Meeting with the Ministry of Economy – Istmo of Tehuantepec

SwissCham Mexico met with Irais Barreto of the Mexican Ministry of Economy to discuss collaboration and investment opportunities with Swiss companies in the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Thanks to the Swiss companies ABB, Actinver, Fracht Group, Georg Fischer, Holcim Mexico, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, SGS, SICPA, Sika, Trafigura, and the Swiss Business Hub for joining us!

Corporate Affairs Group Meeting

SwissCham Mexico Inaugurated the new working group on #PublicAffairs and #Communication!

We had the interesting presentation of Greta Shelley de Spinto and Carolina Eslava on challenges in the digital era to communicate assertively, as well as the participation of Curaprox , Mexideli , Emmi Group , Holcim Mexico, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company , Nestle , Novartis Mexico , Roche Mexico , Sandoz Mexico , Sika , SGS , Syngenta , Zurich Insurance .

Mentoring Program: Life Balance Workshop and Inclusive Spaces

In June, two of the mentoring workshops of the Swiss Chamber’s Mentoring Program were held for mentees. On this occasion, they addressed the importance of maintaining a life balance and generating inclusive spaces in the workplace in order to promote the development of tools and soft skills that contribute to their professional development.

LGBTI+ Inclusion and Diversity in Swiss Companies

In the framework of LGBT+ Pride Month atSwissCham Mexico we celebrate the recognition of the rights of people who belong to this community and recognize the importance of the role played by the business sector in guaranteeing them. We believe that diversity and social inclusion in corporations are fundamental to build spaces free of discrimination in which employees can develop professionally without limitations.

Visit to San Luis Potosí – SwissCham Bajío

In June SwissCham Bajío organized a visit to the State of San Luis Potosí together with its affiliates to visit the facilities of the Swiss companies ABB, Faber and Franke, and to promote collaboration in the Bajío region.

Visit to the AIFA Customs Office – National Customs Agency of Mexico

Within the framework of the Foreign Trade Committee of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, we visited AIFA Customs together with representatives of Swiss companies, the Swiss Embassy and authorities of ANAM and AIFA to learn about the functioning and operation of customs and the areas that comprise it, as well as to strengthen the exchange of dialogue between the Swiss private sector and Mexican institutions.

Syngenta – Sustainability: From Agenda to Action

Syngenta, a leader company in bringing the potential of plants to life, held the event “Sustainability: From Agenda to Action” with the aim of continuing to promote good practices in the field, accelerate innovation to address the growing challenges faced by farmers and be part of the solution to produce sufficient food with the right quality.

Board of Directors + Positive Masculinities Workshop

The Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its twenty-seventh meeting of the Board of Directors with the participation of Simon Blondin, President of the SwissCham, Emilia Pfeiffer, Director General; Members of the Board of Directors and the Embassy of Switzerland. During the second part of the morning, the Positive Masculinities Workshop was held with the participation of CEOs and Executives of Swiss companies to address the topic “machismo in offices and how to dismantle it”.

Breakfast + Visit to Straumann installations

As part of the sustainability and employability agenda, in June we participated in the breakfast organized by the Government of Querétaro “Decarbonizing the economy: Querétaro’s challenge” and visited the facilities of Straumann, a Swiss company leader in offering oral and dental solutions and innovations, to explore areas of collaboration and initiate the process of joining the Dual Training model.

Afterwork Europeo Networking Cocktail

Together with the EUROCAM Chambers of Commerce, in June we organized the European Afterwork Networking Cocktail in which more than 250 people from 7 Chambers, representatives of governmental institutions and private initiative participated.

Lunch with Government of Hidalgo + Visit to ABB and Monosuisse

As part of the activities of SwissCham Bajío y Occidente, we organized a visit to the facilities of ABB and Monosuisse based in Guadalajara and Querétaro. We also participated in the lunch organized by the Government of Hidalgo to present business and investment opportunities in the state.

Inauguration of SICPA’s new Unlimitrust Campus in Switzerland

The new Unlimitrust campus aims to promote the conception of ideas and the development of innovative solutions that respond to emerging challenges to the foundations of trust in our societies. This initiative seeks to foster the exchange of synergies between a dynamic community composed of startups, companies, SICPA employees and researchers to create a safer and more trustworthy world for all through collaboration and the sharing of multiple knowledge and experiences.

Euro Match Meeting Bajío

Together with the EUROCAM Chambers of Commerce in the Bajío region, we organized the Euro Match Meeting 2023, a networking and sourcing event with more than 250 participants from companies located in the region.

Plan Sonora – Working group

SwissCham Mexico in conjunction with the Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss Business Hub organized a lunch with authorities of the State of Sonora with the objective of promoting the collaboration of Swiss companies in the development of Plan Sonora.

Clean Mobility and Cities of Tomorrow Forum

The Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry in conjunction with the Embassy of Switzerland organized the Clean Mobility and Cities of Tomorrow Forum with the objective of presenting the main trends that determine both mobility and the cities of tomorrow, considering the perspectives, advances and innovation of both Switzerland and Mexico. The event was held from 08:30 to 12:00 hrs. at the Museo Interactivo de Economía (MIDE) with live broadcast and featured two panels focused on: 1) Changes in the mobility landscape: and 2) Infrastructure and sustainable cities.

Bajío Salary Trends Breakfast

In May, the Spanish, French and Swiss Chambers participated in the breakfast conference on the Panorama of Salary Trends for the Bajío region presented by Ricardo Zuria Delgado, Adecco’s Senior Compensation Consultant. The event was held at the Domún Hotel in Querétaro.

Toast 1st Anniversary Bajío

SwissCham Bajío organized a toast at the Moser Kafe Kultur to celebrate its first anniversary of opening with the participation of Valentín Pfyffer, manager of Bajío and West, Philipp Moser, Honorary Consul of Querétaro and representatives of Swiss companies affiliated to the Chamber.

Launching of the 3rd edition of the Mentoring Program for Women Leaders

SwissCham Mexico launched the third edition of the Women Leaders Mentoring Program sponsored by ABB, Adecco, Holcim, Novartis and Nozomi Networks with more than 100 participants from 30 Swiss companies affiliated to the Chamber. The objective of this program is to promote the transmission of knowledge and soft skills through valuable exchanges that will allow to continue positioning women in high-level positions as well as to boost the professional potential and leadership capacity of women in order to reduce the gender gap.

Visit to Adval Tech Plant

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SwissCham Bajío organized a visit for its affiliates with the objective of visiting the facilities of the Adval Tech plant located in El Marqués in the State of Querétaro. This visit took place as part of the closing of March’s activities and allowed the Chamber’s affiliates to learn about the activities of Adval Tech, a Swiss company specializing in the automotive parts sector.

Visit to the National Customs Agency of Mexico ANAM

Within the framework of the Joint Foreign Trade and Security Committee, we organized a visit together with the Embassy of Switzerland to the offices of the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) in Mexico City with the objective of strengthening cooperation and exploring areas of interest and opportunity for representatives of Swiss companies affiliated to the Chamber.

Index Nuevo León – Working meetings

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SwissCham Mexico participated in the meeting organized by Index Nuevo Leon in Saltillo as part of the exchange of dialogue and strengthening of synergies with strategic actors. The first meeting of this 2023 was aimed at presenting a panel on Legitimization of collective bargaining agreements, current outlook and strategy for the future of labor by Index Nuevo León.

7th General Assembly

SwissCham Mexico held its Seventh General Assembly at the Club de Industriales in Mexico City to present the activities carried out in 2023, the work plan, financial statements and the incorporation of new members to the Chamber. We appreciate the commitment and participation of Swiss companies!

Kick off SwissCham Occidente

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This year 2023 was held the opening of the new Western Chapter of the SwissCham at the Hotel Quinta Real in Jalisco, in which were present Mr. Pietro Piffaretti, Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico, Mr. Roger Eleutheri, Honorary Consul of Guadalajara, Mr. Simon Blondin, President of the SwissCham, Emilia Pfeiffer, General Director of the SwissChamOccidente, Emilia Pfeiffer, Director General of the SwissChamOccidente, Mr. Emilia Pfeiffer and Mr. Simon Blondin. Roger Eleutheri, Honorary Consul of Guadalajara, Simon Blondin, President of the SwissCham, Emilia Pfeiffer, Director General of the Chamber and Valentin Pfyffer, manager of the chapter as a sign of the broad representation and expansion of Swiss companies in the region.

4th Swiss Women Leaders Forum

The Swiss Women Leaders Forum is an annual event held in conjunction with the Embassy of Switzerland with the aim of promoting gender equality in the workplace, as well as the exchange between the private, public and academic sectors. This year 2023, aligned with the Chamber’s Presidential strategy, the forum focused on the role of women who have driven innovative strategies in environmental, social and governance issues in their organizations.

Bajío Breakfast “Environmental Taxes

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As part of the activities of the Bajío chapter, we organized a breakfast at the Four Points Hotel in Querétaro, focused on fiscal updates and environmental taxes with two interesting presentations by our network of experts; Bertín Gutierrez and Abel Camacho Brito from Deloitte; and Daniel Peyret García from Punto Cero para el Desarrollo.

Networking Cocktail – Women in Economics

Together with the European Chambers of Commerce (EUROCAM) we held the networking cocktail “The role of women in the international economy” as part of the commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8th. With more than 70 participants from the German, British, French, Italian, Nordic and Swiss Chambers, we counted with the participation of Margarita Alcántara, General Director of Global Economic Impulse of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Economic Outlook 2023 Bajío

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We kicked off the year 2023 with the organization of a breakfast conference on the theme “Perspectives 2023” Bajío, to which the companies affiliated to the Swiss Chamber were invited. The event took place at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Querétaro.

Economic Outlook 2023: CEOs & CFOs Roundtable

As part of the activities at the beginning of the year, within the framework of the Audit and Finance Working Group, we organized a breakfast on “Economic and Political Perspectives 2023 with presentations by Actinver in which the CEOs and CFOs of Swiss companies affiliated to the Chamber participated.

Lunch with Working Groups Coordinators

SwissCham Mexico and the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico extended a cordial invitation to the Coordinators of the Chamber’s Working Groups to present the work agendas and define areas of collaboration for 2023, as well as to align cross-cutting themes.

University Fair – Colegio Suizo de México

SwissCham Mexico participated in the Universities Fair 2023, organized by the Swiss College of Mexico, where the Chamber presented its activities, the implementation of Dual Training, as well as a brief overview of the importance of Swiss companies in Mexico, and the bilateral relationship between Switzerland and Mexico.

IDB Breakfast – Skills development project

SwissCham Mexico together with Nestlé shared the importance of Dual Training as a channel for young people’s insertion into the formal labor market at the breakfast organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with the aim of continuing to promote new alliances.

Economic Outlook 2022 & CCME Nuevo León

At the initiative of the Coordinating Council of Women Entrepreneurs of Nuevo León and the Ministry of Economy of Nuevo León, a collaboration agreement was signed for the development of projects with a gender component related to entrepreneurship, social responsibility, digitalization and sustainability.

ESG and Sustainability Program

We concluded the Diploma in ESG and Sustainability with a few words from the President of SwissCham Mexico, Simon Blondin, as well as the Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico, Pietro Piffaretti.

Congratulations on this fruitful joint initiative that brought together more than 60 participants from the private, public and academic sectors to discuss with experts from Switzerland, as well as Swiss companies in Mexico, key environmental, social and governance issues! 

Board of Directors and Networking Posada

The Board of Directors met this week and we celebrated our year-end posada by saying goodbye and thanking Christian Michel for his commitment and leadership during these five years with SwissCham Mexico, and Emilia Pfeiffer was appointed as the new Director General. We wish her the best of success.

Congratulations to the winners of the #Nespresso coffee machine raffle and thank you to the participants who joined us, we wish you a happy holiday season!

Working Groups Coordinators’ Dinner

The Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico extended an invitation to his residence to the Coordinators of the Thematic Working Groups of SwissCham Mexico and the Chamber’s executive team to generate an exchange of dialogue on the activities and events that took place on site and virtually in 2022.

Year-end toast #SwissChamBajío

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As part of the Bajío activities, we held the last year-end toast at the Moser Cafe Kultur in the company of our partners with presence in the region. We thank the participants who joined us for this event and wish them happy holidays!

Visit to the Emmi / Mexideli Cheese Distribution Center

In the framework of the visit of Emmi’s CEO to Mexico, we organized together with the Embassy a visit to the Emmi / Mexideli cheese distribution center in Mexico City. There are high tariffs between Mexico and Switzerland on cheese and other dairy products and we discussed the importance of modernizing the free trade agreement between Mexico and EFTA. 

2nd edition Public Health Program

We concluded the 2nd edition of the Diploma in Public Health organized by SwissCham Mexico with the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), the Swiss Chambers of Latam and Roche with a few words from the Deputy Director of SwissCham, Emilia Pfeiffer as well as Maïa Inzaurralde from the Swiss Embassy and Celina Rodriguez from Roche.

We thank the more than 200 participants who joined us from the Latam Region for attending the 6 sessions of the program. Congratulations!

Visit to Sika´s installations

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Together with the affiliates in Bajío we organized a visit to Sika’s Innovation and Development Center in Querétaro to learn about the activities they develop in the region. Thank you very much for receiving us in your facilities!

Visit to CIMMYT

Together with Syngenta, we organized a visit with Ambassador Piffaretti to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to find out about all the technology and innovation in the field that Syngenta is doing. CIMMYT is an international scientific research organization in the agricultural sector, specialized in the development of improved maize and wheat varieties.

Mission to Guadalajara – Working meetings

Together with the support of the Honorary Consul in Guadalajara, Mr. Roger Eleutheri, the Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss Business Hub, we visited Siemens plant and the facilities of IJALTI / CANIETI Western Chapter and SEDECO Jalisco. Afterwards, we organized a breakfast with representatives of Swiss companies and businessmen to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the region.

Breakfast with “El Gran Bajío”

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Together with the French Chamber of Commerce, we organized a breakfast and signed a strategic collaboration agreement with “El Gran Bajío” to strengthen relations and foster the development of French and Swiss companies in the region.

Intercham Cocktail 2022

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Together with the Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Monterrey, we organized the first Networking cocktail on the 2023 economic outlook in the region for our affiliated companies and allies. We had the participation of more than 160 people from the 7 Chambers. This event was sponsored by Adecco Mexico and SGS.

SWISStainability Forum 2022

We held the second edition of the SWISStainability Forum at the University of Monterrey with more than 40 in-person participants and close to 300 virtual reproductions. We had the participation of representatives from Swiss companies, the Swiss Embassy in Mexico, the government of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey and sustainability experts to learn more about the efforts and achievements that Swiss companies have made in sustainability.

CEO Roundtable with Bettina Schaller

SwissCham Mexico organized a breakfast with the participation of Bettina Schaller, Head of Group Public Affairs of Grupo Adecco and President of the World Employment Confederation (WEC), representatives of Swiss companies and the Swiss Embassy in Mexico, in order to learn and exchange views on the future of employment, as well as challenges and opportunities for companies.

Sixth General Assembly

We celebrated our Sixth General Assembly to approve new members, financial statements, strategy and activities, as well as to elect the new Board of Directors 2022-2023. We also welcomed the CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise, Simone Wyss, and the Swiss Business Hub. We thank the 50 Swiss companies for their participation and commitment!

Roundtable with the Embassy of Switzerland in Querétaro

We organized a roundtable in Querétaro to share with the Swiss Embassy in Mexico, the Swiss Business Hub, the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in the region and partners established in the Bajío region about potential areas of collaboration and to hold a networking cocktail after the roundtable. 

Annual Meeting of Swiss Chambers Abroad + Latin America Day

From August 29 to September 2, our Executive Director participated in the annual meeting of Swiss Chambers Abroad organized by Switzerland Global Enterprise. In addition to sharing good practices between chambers, our director participated in a seminar on export and investment promotion, visited several Swiss companies, and presented our institution at the Latin America Day organized by the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland.

Swiss Job Fair 2022

SwissCham Mexico held the second edition of the Swiss job fair. We had the participation of Adecco Group, Ferring and Schindler. More than 70 participants had the opportunity to know about the activities and vacancies offered by companies such as Bühler, Clariant, Givaudan, Holcim, MSC, Nestlé, Novartis, Richemont, SGS, Sika, Swiss Re, Syngenta and Zurich.

Lugano Summer School on Public Health

From 22 to 27 September 2022, the Lugano Summer School in public policy, economics and management in public health took place. With the support of the Chamber, two Mexican students from the Mexican Institute of Public Health (INSP) were able to participate in the summer school through scholarships.

Working meetings #SwissChamNorte

Taking advantage of the visit of the new Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico, Yves Reymond, a series of working meetings were held with Swiss companies in Nuevo León, state authorities such as the Secretariat of Economy, Secretariat of Economic Development of Monterrey, State Employment Service, Invest Monterrey, Information Technology Cluster, Secretariat of Environment and Education.

Visit of Holcim plant in Querétaro

#SwissCham Bajío – Holcim extended an invitation to SwissCham Mexico affiliates to visit its plant in Querétaro. After a presentation of the Holcim Group and its history, a tour of the facilities was given followed by a networking session.

Swiss National Day Celebrations

SwissCham Mexico participated in the Swiss National Day celebrations held in August and September in Amecameca, Cancun, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Queretaro. We had stands to provide information about Swiss institutions in Mexico and to promote Swiss products. We thank our sponsors: Curaprox, Lindt, Micro, Nestlé, Ricola and SICPA.

Launching: Together for Inclusion

Together for Inclusion is an initiative that has been launched by Adecco in collaboration with the Mexican Federation of LGBT+ Entrepreneurs, which consists of a training and awareness strategy for the business sector that wishes to participate, with the objective of promoting labor inclusion of vulnerable groups in a win-win scenario for the parties involved. Registration and more information here.

Breakfast with President of Mexico’s Business Council

Together with the Association of European Chambers of Commerce in Mexico (EUROCAM) we organized a breakfast with President of Mexico’s Business Council (CCE), Francisco Cervantes Díaz, in which he offered an exchange of opinions on the country’s economic outlook. More than 80 representatives of European companies participated.

Mentorship Program Closure

We held the closure of the 2nd edition of the Mentorship Program for Women Leaders together with IPADE thanks to the sponsorship of Adecco, Credit Suisse, Holcim, Nestlé and Novartis. The Program had more than 70 participants and six thematic sessions with the objective of continuing to promote women’s leadership in the workplace.

Webinar on Gender Equality with LATCAM

The Swiss Chambers in Latin America organized a webinar on Gender Equality with the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland (LATCAM). Eight female corporate leaders shared their experiences and views on diversity and inclusion in Swiss companies in Latin America.

Afterwork Cocktail EUROCAM

Together with the Association of European Chambers of Commerce in Mexico (EUROCAM) we organized an afterwork cocktail for our member companies. More than 150 people from eight European chambers of commerce participated. The directors of the chambers gave a welcome speech. This event was sponsored by: Baker & MacKenzie, Bakertilly, Broxel, Humand (as well as Adecco and Grupo Modelo).

Networking Cocktail – Working Groups

This Cocktail was held with the participation of more than 80 top level executives from member companies and allies such as the Swiss Embassy to Mexico, the Swiss Business Hub and Swiss Community Mexico. In this gathering, the partcipants were able to discuss the topics on the agenda for the future meetings of the 11 Working Groups and generate intersectoral strategies for the benefit of the Swiss private sector in the country.

LGBT+ Inclusion in Swiss Companies

In the framework of LGBT+ pride month, we organized a breakfast with two panel discussions on LGBT+ inclusion in Swiss companies. One panel focused on corporate policies of inclusion and the other on personal experiences of members of the community. We thank Novartis for hosting the breakfast and the participating companies: Adecco, Novartis, Zurich, Ferring, Nestlé, Curaden and Givaudan, as well as our moderators from ADIL and SRE and words of welcome by the Swiss Embassy. 

European Cocktail in Queretaro #SwissChamBajío

The chambers of commerce of Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the SwissCham Bajío organized a successful cocktail with more than 250 people in Querétaro for member companies and allies. We thank all the people who were able to join us, as well as our sponsors WMP Mexico Advisors, El Gran Bajío, Grupo Esscala constructora, Heineken, Ventas AMATI box, and CIEN Grupo Inmobiliario for supporting this event.

SwissCham North Inauguration

In May, SwissCham inaugurated its new representation in the north of México with the company of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico, the President of SwissCham, the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Monterrey, the Secretary of Economy of Nuevo Leon, the Director of the SBH and representatives of member companies, businessmen from Nuevo Leon, as well as state authorities and strategic allies.

Breakfast Roundtable with new Swiss Ambassador, his wife and CEOs of Swiss companies

The purpose of the breakfast at the Ambassador’s Residence was to introduce the new Swiss Ambassador to Mexico and Belize, Mr. Pietro Piffaretti and his wife Rosita Pérez to CEOs and representatives of Swiss companies members of the SwissCham Mexico. In addition, there was the opportunity to hold a round table to present the challenges and opportunities that Swiss companies face in their operations in Mexico.

Swiss Golf Tournament 2022

The 2nd edition of the Swiss golf tournament at Amanali Country Club took place in April. This event was organized by the AEMS-Swiss Community in collaboration with SwissCham. The tournament was sponsored by member companies: Adecco, Credit Suisse, Lindt and Ricola. We thank all participants and look forward to seeing you next year!

Women CEOs of Swiss Companies

The women CEOs of Swiss companies affiliated with the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry met at the Residence of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico and exchanged on the importance of continuing to promote gender equality from different leadership roles and senior management .

SwissCham Bajio Inauguration

In March, SwissCham inaugurated its new representation in the Bajío region, with more than 90 participants, as well as representatives of the Government of Querétaro and Guanajuato, the Swiss Embassy and members of the Swiss Delegation on their official visit to Mexico.

Visit of Swiss Economic Delegation

On March 15, 16 and 17, 2022, an economic delegation carried out a trade mission to Mexico. The delegation was made up of the Director of the Americas and the Director of Free Trade Agreements of the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), representatives of Switzerland Global Enterprise, as well as Swiss private sector associations: Economiesuisse, Scienceindustries and Swiss Textiles. The Chamber organized a round table with CEOs of Swiss companies, participated in the Consultative Group for Trade and Economic Cooperation between SE-SECO, organized a visit to the Querétaro Aerocluster and the Givaudan plant, and a meeting with state authorities. Finally, we participated in a lunch organized by the Swiss Business Hub for SMEs.

Visit to Sulzer’s plant

The SwissCham team and the Embassy’s Economic Attaché paid a visit to the Sulzer plant in Cuautitlán Izcalli, State of Mexico. Sulzer is the world’s leading Swiss fluid engineering and pump manufacturer.

Visit to the Mexideli Distribution Center (Emmi) CDMX

The Swiss Chamber together with the Ministry of Economy, visited the new CEDIS CDMX of Mexideli (Emmi) to learn in detail the business process, the high technology and the sustainability strategies of the company.

XXIII Meeting of the Board of Directors

SwissCham’s Board of Directors met to define upcoming events and activities of the Chamber including working group meetings, mentoring program, diploma courses, trade missions and the opening of representations in the Bajío and Northeast regions of the country.

Panel discussion on investment perspectives at ABB Formula E

SwissCham Director moderated a panel discussion on investment perspectives in Mexico for 2022 at ABB Formula E Grand Prix 2022 Mexico City. CEOs of Swiss companies Novartis, Schindler and Swiss Re participated as panelists in the discussion. Thanks ABB for the invitation! 

Working Groups Coordinators’ Meeting

The Working Groups Coordinators of the Swiss Chamber concluded last January with a meeting to share 2022 agendas and align topics of common interest.

Professional skills in the Women Leaders mentoring program 2021-22

Within the framework of the Women Leaders 2021-22 mentoring program, sponsored by Adecco Mexico, Credit Suisse Mexico, Holcim Mexico, Nestlé Mexico and Novartis Mexico, a session was held on good practices in the transmission of professional skills.

Panel on “Collaborative Advantage”

In collaboration with the St. Gallen Club Mexico, SwissCham organized a panel on “Collaborative Advantage” to address topics such as innovation and responsible technology, the new intergenerational contract, effective global governance, resilient economies and businesses, and sustainability with representatives from the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico and member companies: Syngenta and Zurich. The panel was moderated by Stephanie Jiménez from Mexico City’s Civil Protection Agency.

Installation of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Swizterland-Mexico

Swiss Ambassador Eric Mayoraz, President Simon Blondin, Director Christian Michel, Human Rights Attaché Anette Wittwer and Director of the Swiss Business Hub Ruben Araiza participated in the installation of the Mexico-Switzerland friendship group in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies (LXV Legislature).

Leadership workshop of the 2021-22 Women Leaders Mentoring Program

Within the framework of the 2021-22 Women Leaders Mentoring Program, sponsored by Adecco México, Credit Suisse México, Holcim México, Nestlé México and Novartis México, a virtual workshop was held on key tools to promote women’s leadership.

Swiss Christmas Party

The Swiss Christmas Party was held as part of the closing celebrations of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico, on November 27 and 28 at the Swiss College in Mexico City. The celebration was organized by all Swiss institutions in Mexico: the Swiss Embassy, ​​the Swiss College of Mexico, the Swiss Chamber, AEMS, SwissCoMex and Damas Suizas.

Inauguration of the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador

To close the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico, the Swiss Embassy in Mexico organized the official inauguration of the recently renovated Residence of the Ambassador in Mexico City. The President and CEO of the Chamber participated, as well as representatives of companies sponsoring the 75th anniversary: Clariant, Novartis and Roche (gold), Adecco, Credit Suisse, Kuehne + Nagel, Nestlé, Swiss Re (silver), and the Swiss School , Givaudan, Schindler and Zurich (bronze). SICPA was the main sponsor for this specific event.

XXII Meeting of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors met at its last meeting of the year to approve the budget and activities for 2022. In addition, it received a visit from Ambassador Mirko Giulietti, Head of the Americas of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAE) of Switzerland. In a round table, CEOs shared the challenges and opportunities that Swiss companies face in Mexico.

Swiss Alliance on Dual Education and signature of letter of intent SEP-SERI

The Swiss Chamber presented the 5-year progress of the creation of the Swiss Alliance for Dual Education in a virtual event in which apprentices from Schindler and Zurich, as well as Swiss executives from the Swiss School and the Vicepresident of Human Resources of Nestlé Mexico shared experiences implementing the vocational and professional education and training (VPET). The Swiss Embassy organized the renewal of the letter of intent on cooperation in VPET between the Secretariat of Public Education of Mexico (SEP) and the Secretariat of State for Training, Research and Innovation of Switzerland (SEFII).

Academia-Industry Training Camp for Startups

10 Mexican startups and 10 Swiss startups participated in a training camp organized by the Leading House for the Latin American Region and CONACYT to link academy and industry and bring their products and services to the market. The Swiss innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem was presented for a week in September and the Mexican ecosystem for a week in November. The Swiss Chamber presented the business environment in Mexico and in various sectors: energy and infrastructure, health and regulatory, water and agriculture.

Launch of the 2021-22 Women Leaders Mentoring Program

The launch of the 2nd edition of the Women Leaders of the Swiss Chamber mentoring program, sponsored by Adecco México, Credit Suisse, Holcim México, Nestlé and Novartis México, took place virtually with the participation of more than 20 Swiss companies in Mexico.

Trade Mission in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Simon Blondin President of the Chamber, Christian Michel Director General, Andres Engels Honorary Consul in Monterrey and representatives of ABB, Adecco and Bystronic met with the Investment Director in Nuevo Leon, Anabell Flores to discuss business opportunities in Nuevo Leon.

Working Session on Regulatory Affairs

A fruitful dialogue between the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo, the COFEPRIS Commissioner, Alejandro Svarch, the Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Eric Mayoraz, and the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Swiss Chamber, to strengthen collaboration on regulatory matters between Switzerland and Mexico.

5th Anniversary

We celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the terrace of the Club de Industriales. The Chamber’s President, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico and the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Luz María De La Mora and the Director of the Chamber gave speeches. We thank our member companies for their support and trust!

Trade Mission to San Luis Potosi

During a commercial visit to San Luis Potosí, the Swiss Chamber together with the Swiss Embassy in Mexico visited Swiss companies ABB and Ronal Group, which have important operations in the region. They also met with representatives of CONALEP for dual education. 

Visit to the Zero Water Plant of Nestlé Mexico

Within the framework of the Swiss + Sustainabiliy = Swisstainability event, we visited Nestlé México’s Zero Water plant together with the Swiss Embassy in Mexico and students of the ITESO’s master’s degree in sustainability, in which 1.6 million liters of water are saved per day in the processes.

“Swiss + Sustainability = Swisstainability” Forum

Within the framework of 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico, the Swisstainability forum took place with three thematic panels on agriculture, waste management, and water, with participation of public, private and academic sectors. In addition, an the exhibition “Can Technology Save the World? Swiss solutions to protect the environment” was inaugurated, and an exchange was held with the ITESO university laboratories on sustainability in the construction sector.

Trade Mission to Tabasco

Representatives of the Swiss Embassy and the Swiss Chamber visited the State of Tabasco to meet with state authorities, to visit Zurich Insurance’s Flood Resilience program with the Mexican Red Cross, and to visit Holcim’s Cement Plant in Macuspana.

Panel: history of diplomatic and economic relations

Within the framework of the presentation of the book “Mexico and Switzerland: 75th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations”, a panel on the history of diplomatic and economic relations was held at the Matías Romero Institute, which was presented by representatives of the Swiss Chamber, the Swiss Embassy in Mexico, the Swiss College of Mexico, among others.

Meeting with CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise

The directors of the twelve Swiss Chambers in Latin America met virtually with Simone Wyss Fedele, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise, together with Thomas Foerst (Director of the Global Network), Benjamin Werenfels (Consultant for Latin America) and Martina Bietenhader (Global Network Manager) of the Swiss export promotion agency S-GE.

Investment Mission to Querétaro with SBH

In collaboration with the Swiss Business Hub, the Swiss Chamber carried out an investment mission to Queretaro. We met with investment promotion authorities of the state of Queretaro, visited industrial parks and organized a dinner with member companies in the region such as Adval Tech, Oskar Rüegg and UTZ Group with the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Queretaro.

Fifth General Assembly

The Fifth General Assembly took place to approve the Chamber’s budget, strategy, activities and to elect the new Board of Directors and new President (Simon Blondin, Credit Suisse), Vicepresident (Julieta Loaiza, Nestlé) and Treasurer (Caio Zuccarelli, Clariant). We thank the 50 Swiss companies for their participation and support!

Public Health Program Kick Off

The Swiss Chamber in Mexico offers a new public health program in collaboration with the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) for its members. Nine professors from different Swiss universities and research institutes share information and best practices on policies related to public health. Thanks to Roche México several scholarships have been offered for Mexican public health officials and legislators to participate in the program. 

Swiss National Day Celebration

On August 1st, we celebrated the Swiss National Day with a small reception at the Swiss Ambassador’s Residence in celebration of the 730th anniversary of the creation of the Swiss Confederation.

Fintech Panel of the Swiss Business Hub

As part of the celebration of 75 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Switzerland, the Swiss Embassy and its Swiss Business Hub, in collaboration with the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Switzerland Global Enterprise, organized a hybrid panel offering a deep insight into the banking and financial technology ecosystem of Mexico and Switzerland. The affiliated company SICPA presented its technological solutions at the panel on cybersecurity.

Meeting with the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks

Representatives of the Swiss Embassy in Mexico and the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry, held a working meeting with the Federal Commissioner of COFEPRIS, Alejandro Svarch, to continue the dialogue on binational collaboration on regulatory matters.

Webinar on Dual Training organized by FDFA

The Director General of the Swiss Chamber participated in a webinar organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on «How to create trust between the educational and private sectors to develop an efficient dual training system, between industry and institutes deformation”. Representatives from academic institutions (ETH Zurich), the Swiss Federal Institute of Vocational Training (SFIVET), as well as Swiss companies in Mexico: Firmenich, Schindler and Nestlé participated to share their experiences in the implementation of the model.

Available in English on Youtube. 

3rd Swiss Forum on Women Leaders

For the third consecutive year, the Swiss Chamber in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Mexico organized the Forum of Women Leaders. This time in a format of 40 people in person at the Ambassador’s Residence and virtual transmission on social networks. The keynote speaker was Amb. Patricia Danzi, General Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and there was a panel on “Women as an engine of economic recovery and resilience in times of crisis” with executives from Clariant, Dromakaba, Givaudan and Nestlé .

Webinar: Midterm elections in Mexico

In the webinar on the results of the midterm elections, Joselyne Rivera, General Director of Psiquepol, shared her expertise in an interesting presentation on the panorama that resulted from the midterm elections in Mexico as well as the implications for the Swiss private sector in Mexico.

XXI Meeting of the Board of Directors

On June 1, the Chamber’s Board of Directors met for its XXI session. New affiliated companies were accepted, various activities of the Chamber were defined for the second semester of the year. At the end, the company representatives exchanged information on the business perspective in their sectors and industries in a round table at the Industrial’s Club.

Webinar: Overview of salary, employability and training

This webinar included the presentation of the annual salary panorama by Spring Professional part of Adecco Group and in collaboration with the International Dual Career Network (IDCN). Good practices regarding employability and the dual training and youth education strategies of the Swiss Chamber were also shared.

Meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier

The Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico, the Swiss-Mexican Chamber and the Swiss Business Hub held a meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo to present the economic, trade and investment relationship between Switzerland and Mexico. The Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Luz María de la Mora also participated at this important meeting. 

Workshop on counterfeit Swiss products and traceability

The Swiss Chamber organized a workshop on the prevention of counterfeiting of Swiss products and traceability with experts from Novartis, SICPA and EPI Training & Consulting within the framework of the Security Working Group.  

Meeting with Mexico’s Undersecretary of Industry, Trade and Competitiveness

The Undersecretary of Industry, Trade and Competitiveness, Héctor Guerrero of Mexico’s Secretariat of Economy gave a presentation on Mexico’s industrial strategy and economic recovery to managers and executives of Swiss companies in Mexico. Participants included the President of the Swiss Chamber, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Mexico and the Director General of the Swiss Chamber, as well as general, finance and corporate affairs directors of Swiss companies in Mexico.

Webinar: Innovation at the workplace

Together with the Swiss company USM Modular Furniture, we organized a webinar on innovation at the workplace and trends in wellness and sustainability at the corporate offices.

Official visit to the State of Chiapas

The Swiss Ambassador to Mexico and the Director General of the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry made an official visit to the State of Chiapas. They visited Nestlé’s Coffee Mate plant in Chiapa de Corzo and participated in the announcement of an investment of 300 million pesos for the expansion of the plant together with the CEO of Nestlé Mexico and the Governor of Chiapas. In addition, they organized a breakfast in San Cristóbal de Las Casas with state government secretaries, representatives of Swiss companies with a presence in the region (Nestlé, Zurich and Regal Springs) and businessmen from the state.

Webinar: Outlook of Global Maritime Trade

As part of the Foreign Trade Working Group, we organized a webinar on the outlook for the global maritime sector with a presentation by the Commercial Director of Mediterranean Shipping Company Mexico (MSC). We addressed the challenges and opportunities for the maritime sector in Mexico and the world in 2021.

Leadership Workshop for Women

This leadership workshop was organized as part of the mentoring program for women leaders. The Human Resources Director of Ferring Pharmaceuticals Mexico and the General Director of Fracht Mexico presented female leadership strategies and professional growth experiences.

Signing of the Agreement with Nestlé on Modern Parenting

The Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed Nestlé’s Modern Parenting initiative together with the International Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, FUNSALUD and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. The agreement seeks to promote actions for healthier families and modern parenting, such as flexible work schedules, maternity and paternity leave, and work spaces that include lactation rooms. Nestlé Mexico’s CEO, Fausto Costa was present at the signing of the agreement and Mexican Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Luisa María Alcalde delivered a message.

1st Swiss Job Fair

We organized the first Swiss job fair sponsored by Adecco Group Mexico. The fair was held virtually through an interactive platform and brought together people from the Chamber’s job bank, as well as representatives from the human resources area of affiliated companies. Edgar Rojas, Talent Acquisition Director at Adecco Group made a presentation on employability in times of COVID-19.

Virtual meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, met virtually with the European Chambers in Mexico (Eurocam) including the Swiss Chamber to discuss economic reactivation and the axes of Mexico’s Development Plan: innovation, inclusion and diversification. This event was sponsored by Adecco Group Mexico. The event was attended by Juan López-Dóriga Pérez, Ambassador of Spain in Mexico, who spoke on behalf of the European Embassies present, Paolo Caridi, on behalf of the Delegation of the European Union in Mexico, and Antonio Basagoiti, President of Eurocam.

Swiss Cup 2021 Golf Tournament

The Swiss Cup 2021 golf tournament, organized by the Mexican-Swiss Business Association, Swiss Community Mexico and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, was held at Amanali Country Club. We thank the sponsoring companies, including Adecco Group Mexico and Lufthansa Group. Among the players were the CEO of Adecco Group Mexico and the CEO of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.

XX Meeting of the Board of Directors

On February 26, the first meeting of the year of the SwissCham Board of Directors took place. New member companies were accepted, various activities of the Chamber were defined for the year. At the end, the company representatives exchanged information on the business perspective in their sectors and industries in a virtual round table.

Virtual Forum: Swiss Made & Swissness

The main objective of the forum was to raise awareness of the importance of the Swiss country brand, as well as the characteristics of Swiss companies, products and services in Mexico. Representatives from the Mexican and Swiss intellectual property institutes, Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Swiss Embassy and the Swiss private sector participated. More than 25 Swiss companies, both multinationals and SMEs, participated in a “virtual expo” attended by more than 120 participants. 

First part of the event available on Youtube.

Developments of the Law reform on outsourcing in Mexico

In collaboration with Holland House, the Swiss Chamber organized a webinar on the developments of the Law reform initiative on outsourcing in Mexico with Pablo Lezama, General Director of the Mexican Association of Human Capital Companies (AMECH) and the general directors of Adecco Group Mexico, Francisco Martínez, and Randstad Mexico, Andrés Sánchez. 

Vaccination scenarios in Mexico for 2021

Within the framework of the Health and Innovation Working Group, the Chamber organized a webinar on the possible vaccination scenarios in Mexico for 2021 including the panorama of the health sector, the Mexican scientific projects to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, and the international negotiations for the acquisition of vaccines and implications for the distribution of vaccines in Mexico with Dr. Tanaka, from Roche Mexico, Dr. Orozco, Coordinator of the Consortium of Innovative Scientists in Vaccines (SRE-AMEXCID) and Ms. Alcántara from the Foreign Affairs Secretariat. 

Webinar on Dual Education with Secretary of Education

In the framework of the Swiss Alliance on Dual Education, the SwissCham organized a webinar for Swiss companies on dual education with the Secretary of Education of Mexico. 

Virtual networking session – mentorship program for women

Our first event in 2021, was a virtual networking session of the Chamber’s mentorship program for women. Anna García, CEO at Lindt & Sprüngli Mexico was the keynote speaker and then participants had the chance to network in 15 different virtual tables on several topics, make connections, and exchange the challenges we face in 2021. 

Panel discussion: “Trust Matters” St. Gallen Club of Mexico

The Swiss Chamber participated at the organization of the panel discussion on “Trust matters”, organized at the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador in the framework of the constitution of the St. Gallen Club of Mexico. 

Video in Spanish available in Facebook: @EmbajadaSuizaMexico

Webinar on the Outsourcing Reform Project in Mexico

With more than 50 participants, the initiative to reform the Law on subcontracting in Mexico was discussed with the joint participation of the Chamber’s Human Resources and Legal Affairs committees and with a presentation by Francisco Martínez, General Director and Claudia Gutiérrez, Legal Director of Grupo Adecco Mexico.

XIX Meeting of the Board of Directors

Today, the Board of Directors met for the 19th occasion to present and approve the Chamber’s strategy and budget for 2021, as well as its activities and events for next year. Furthermore, Board members participated at a roundtable to present the economic situation of their companies and sectors, which have been affected by COVID-19. 

10th Meeting of the Swiss-Mexican Consultative Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation

SwissCham participated at the 10th meeting of the Swiss-Mexican Consultative Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation between Switzerland and Mexico representing the private sector and addressing several key issues like regulatory and fiscal affairs and the pharmaceutical sector. The meeting was co-presided by Mexico’s Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Luz María de la Mora and Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch. We thank the participation of representatives from both delegations. 

Webinar Swiss companies, products and services in Latin America

The Swiss chambers of commerce in Latin America organized a joint webinar on “Swiss companies, products and services in Latin America”. The speaker were: James Breiding, author of “Swiss Made – the untold story behind Switzerland’s success”; Julieta Loaiza, Vicepresident of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Nestlé Mexico; and Monique Clúa Braun, Oncology General Manager South Cluster (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia y Paraguay). 

Available on Youtube in English. 

Virtual panel: “Health, technology and innovation”

In the framework of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the Swiss Chamber and Embassy organized a vritual panel on Health, technology and innovation with Novartis and Roche’s CEOs, representatives from Health NGOs (FUNSALUD), academia (Leading House for the Latin American Region), the OCDE, and Mexican and Swiss government officials.

Beginning of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations and post exhibition

On October 15th, 2020, Swiss Ambassador inaugurated with Mexican governement officials the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Mexico by inaugurating the exhibition of “Swiss posters: tradition + innovation” at the Foreign Affairs Museum in Mexico City. Representatives from sponsor companies participated: 
Gold: Clariant, Novartis, Roche

Silver: Adecco, Kuehne + Nagel, Nestlé, Sicpa, Swiss Re

Bronze: Colegio Suizo, Credit Suisse, Givaudan, Schindler, Zurich.

Video in Spanish available in Facebook: @EmbajadaSuizaMexico

Meeting with Undersecretary Martha Delgado (Foreign Affairs)

The Chamber’s President and Swiss Ambassador welcomed Martha Delgado, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights from the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs to comment on Mexico’s strategy of economic and trade promotion abroad. Several CEOs and company representatives participated at this virtual exchange. 

Swiss Leadership Program for Women

We launched the Swiss Leadership Program for Women explaining the objectives of the program. The Chamber’s President and UN Women Representative in Mexico gave welcoming remarks and Nestlé’s VP for Communication and Corporate Affairs presented what it means to be a mentor. 

4th General Assembly

Our Fourth General Assembly took place in order to approve budgets, strategy, and future activities. We also (re-)elected the Board of Director for the 2020-2021 period. We thank the more than forty Swiss companies for their participation and commitment!

Progress of the Mayan Train with the Managing Director of FONATUR

The Director General of FONATUR, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, shared with the member companies of the Swiss Chamber the progress of the Mayan Train in the Yucatan Peninsula. For their part, the Swiss companies SGS, Holcim, Hilti and AFRY shared and presented to the Director the expertise and high-quality services that their companies have.

Webinar: New Rules for IMSS Pensions

With the participation of José Rodríguez, Partner at Russell Bedford Mexico, the members were informed about the new rules for IMSS retirement pensions, such as the reduction of the weeks contributed; the increase in the amount of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension; the reduction of AFORES commissions; and the increase in the level of mandatory savings to 15%. Likewise, reflections on the planning of the retreat were shared for the attendees.

Webinar: The future of airplane traveling

The Swiss Chamber and Lufthansa Group organized a webinar to answer questions regarding the future of airplane traveling and on the safe, responsible, and sustainable recovery of the aeronautic industry. Christian Michel, Director General of the Swiss Chamber moderated the webinar and Felipe Bonifatti, Director of Lufthansa Group for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean presented the issues.

Virtual Meeting on Swiss Investment and Trade in Queretaro

The Swiss Chamber organized a virtual meeting on Swiss investment and trade in the state of Queretaro with the objective to present the status of Swiss investment and address the main challenges Swiss companies face in the region. The Swiss Ambassador, President of the Chamber, Director of the Swiss Business Hub and the Secretary of Sustainable Development of the State of Queretaro were present, as well as company representatives from Advaltech, Givaudan and Oskar Rüegg.

Webinar: “Regulatory compliance for a return to the new normal” 

In the webinar “Regulatory compliance for a return to the new normal” we had the participation of lawyers and partners from De La Vega Consultores, who shared the new mandatory obligations that workplaces will have to implement due to COVID-19.

Webinar: LGBTI+ labor inclusion in Swiss companies

During LGBTI+ pride month, the Swiss Chamber organized a webinar about LGBTI+ labor inclusion in Swiss companies with the participation of the Chamber’s President, the Swiss Ambassador, and executives from Nestlé, Zurich and Novartis as well as ADIL (Alliance for Diversity and Labor Inclusion) to discuss corporate strategies on diversity and inclusion. To see the recording here. 

Webinar: The post-crisis world, a new green economy?

This webinar, organized in the framework of the Energy & Sustainability and the International Trade Working Groups, had the participation of Andrew Beanland from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, who spoke about the post crisis scenario and the opportunites for companies. We also had a panel of sustainability experts from Swiss companies Bühler, Micro, Sika and Syngenta.

Available on Youtube in English.

Webinar: A year with Youth Building the Future program

The chamber presented to Mexico’s Secretary of Labor and Social Prevision, Luisa Maria Alcalde, a report on the lessons learned after a year of implementing the Youth Building the Future program. The report was written by the Chamber with the sponsorship of Adecco Group. The President of the Chamber, Swiss Ambassador were present and representatives from Adecco, Holcim and Ferring shared their testimonials at the virtual event.

Webinar: Post COVID-19 Steps of crisis recovery: Experience in Switzerland and China

SwissCham Mexico, Swiss Business Hub and Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) organized together this webinar to share how countries such as Switzerland and China are developing strategies to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. We had presentations from Peter Bachmann (SwissCham China) and René Naf (URMA). 

Webinar available on Youtube.

Webinar: The Future of Work after the pandemic

SwissCham organized with Grupo Adecco Mexico this webinar about the future of work after the pandemic. Salvador de Antuñano, Human Resources Director of Grupo Adecco Mexico; and Roberto Martínez, Director of the Centre of the OECD in Mexico, participated in the discussion. 

Webinar: How to manage this Corona-Crisis and get back to normal business – a macroeconomic perspective

The Swiss Business Hub Mexico, Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Swiss chambers in Chile and Mexico organized a webinar on the macroeconomic perspective of COVID-19 with Tobias Straumann, Professor at the University of Zurich. More than 80 participants from Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland attended this webinar.

Webinar Communication and Corporate Affairs: 10 steps to react to a crisis

Today, Corporate Affairs and Communication Directors of Swiss companies participated in our webinar about 10 steps to react to a crisis, organized in conjunction with our external communication agency Spinto. The Swiss companies that were present include: Bühler, Firmenich, Givaudan, Holcim, Monosuisse, Nestlé, Novartis, Roche, Schindler and SGS. 

Webinar on Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Mexico and the World

UBS’s Chief Investment Officer, Gabriela Soni, participated at a Chamber’s webinar on the economic and financial implications of the coronavirus in Mexico and the world. More than 100 participants attended the webinar. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions on the main macroeconomic indicators such as growth, inflation, and exchange rate in Mexico.

Webinar on Contractual and Labor Obligations during COVID-19

The Swiss Chamber organized a webinar with law firm Cuesta, Llaca y Esquivel on contractual and labor obligations affecting Swiss companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Human Resources and Legal executives participated and asked the experts several questions and implications.

Visit to the CiTec of Holcim Mexico

A delegation of the SwissCham and the Swiss Embassy visited on Februrary 27th, the Technological Innovation Center for Construction (CiTec) in Toluca, Estado de México. The Center serves as regional research and Development hub in the construction sector.

Workshop on recent modifications of the USMCA

In the framework of the Working Group on International Trade, the SwissCham organized a workshop on the recent modifications of the USMCA. It was taught by Ricardo Ramírez, former judge in the Court of Appeals of the World Trade Organization, and Samatha Atayde Arellano of RRH Consultores.

2° Swiss Forum of Women Leaders: Innovating and Building Towards the Future

On February 11th, in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we organized the 2° edition of this Forum with a focus on science, technology, engeneering and mathematics. We had the Keynote Speech of Senator Beatriz Paredes, President of the Science and Technology Committee of the Senate Republic.

Breakfast 75° Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Mexico-Switzerland

Swiss companies met with the Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Eric Mayoraz, to learn more about the celebrations that will take place in the framework of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic Relations between Mexico and Switzerland.

“Construction in Mexico: Productivity, Health and Security” by Hilti

At the event “Construction in Mexico: Productivity, Health and Safety” led by Hilti Mexicana, Under Secretary Carina Arvizu of the Secretariat of Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development (SEDATU) shared with representatives of the construction sector in Mexico the programs of territory, public works and housing of the federal government

Conference-breakfast with Ambassador Nora Kronig, Vice Director Geenral of the Swiss Feeral Offiice of Public Health

Swiss companies in Mexico met with Ambassador Nora Kroning, Vice Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, to discuss the challenges and opportunites of the health systems in Mexico and Switzerland as well as the importance of promoting innovation in the health sector.

Joint Adhesion of Swiss companies to UN Women’s Women Empowerment Principles

As part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 27th), the SwissCham México organized the event “Empowering Women as an Integral Part of Corporate Sustainability”. In addition, Swiss companies committed to the Women Empowerment Principles sponsored by UN Women.

Mexico: Trade and Investment 2020

In the event “Mexico: Investment and Commerce 2020” we listened to presentations by Juan Carlos Baker of Ansley Consultores; René Flores of MSC; and Patxi Ipiña of the Yucatan Development Agency on the international trade landscape, maritime and land flows and investment opportunities in the southeast of Mexico.

Conference-Lunch with Alfonso Romo, President of Mexico’s Chief of Staff

At the annual conference-lunch of the Swiss Chamber held on October 29th, 2019, we had the presence of Alfonso Romo, Chief of Staff for the President, who spoke with the representatives of Swiss companies about the prospects for investment and economic growth in Mexico.

Traceability for the well-being: international experiences in collection and combating illicit trade

At the event “Traceability for Welfare: International Experiences of Collection and Combating Illicit Trade”, led by SICPA Mexicana, we had interesting presentations on international trends in fiscal traceability and tax collection as a way to inhibit illicit trade.

Swiss Secretary of Economy (SECO)’s visit to Mexico

A Swiss delegation, led by Philippe Nell, Deputy Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Division and Hervé Lohr, Head of the Americas at SECO presented Switzerland’s economic policy at a lunch organized by the Swiss Chamber.

SwissCham becomes member of the UN Global Compact

SwissCham’s Executive Director, Christian Michel Casulleras, signed an agreement to become member of the UN Global Compact at the offices of the UN in Mexico City. The Swiss Chamber reaffirms its commitment with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

Swiss National Day Celebration at Hacienda Panoaya organized by the Swiss community

The Swiss Chamber participated at the 1st of August Swiss national day celebration, organized by the Swiss community at Hacienda Panoaya on the foothills of the Iztaccíhuatl volcano. The Chamber’s stand offered Ricola, Lindt chocolates and pins with our logo.

Swiss National Day Celebration organized by the Swiss Embassy

SwissCham’s team and company representatives, participated at the Swiss Embassy’s event to commemorate 728 years of foundation of the Swiss Confederation. The Swiss Ambassador, Eric Mayoraz, gave a speech on Swiss history and bilateral relations.

Meeting with Mexico’s Presidency Chief of Office at the National Palace

delegation of the Swiss Chamber’s Board of Director had a meeting with Alfonso Romo, Mexico’s Presidency Chief of Office in order to discuss how to increase and maintain Swiss investment in Mexico.

Business Breakfast with Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Business Breakfast with Undersecretary of Foreign Trade

The Swiss Chamber organized a breakfast with Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Luz María de la Mora to present the trade strategy of the new administration. The President of the Chamber, as well as the Swiss Ambassador in Mexico and the Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland were present.

Visit by Swiss Secretary of Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to Mexico

Una delegación suiza, liderada por el Emb. Mauro Moruzzi, Director de Asuntos Internacionales de la Secretaría de Educación, Investigación e Innovación Suiza, participó en una mesa redonda sobre el tema de innovación y formación dual. Además, la delegación suiza visitó el centro de capacitación de Schindler.

Signature of an Agreement with the Mexican Secretariat of Labor.

SwissCham’s President, Fernando J. Cruz signed an agreement with the Mexican Labor Secretary, Luisa María Alcalde to promote the Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro program at Swiss companies. The Swiss Ambassador, Eric Mayoraz, acted as witness of honor.

1st Swiss Forum on Women Leaders

We organized the first Swiss Forum on Women as a space to share best practices on gender equality with two panel discussions: one on education and another on the experience of female CEOs. Gold sponsosr: Nestlé and Novartis; Silver sponsors: Adecco, Swiss Re and UBS.

Legislative Liaison Business Breakfast

The Swiss Chamber organized a breakfast with Mexican Congresswoman María de los Ángeles Huerta, Coordinator for Economic Issues at MORENA party. She presented the economic and competitiveness guidelines of the legislative branch in Mexico.

Third General Assembly

We organized our third General Assembly, in which Fernando J. Cruz, Corporate Affairs and Communication Director of Novartis. was named President. We would like to thank Sandrine Dupriez, our previous President, who performed an extraordinary job in front of the Chamber during its first two years!

Business-breakfast “Mexico’s Economist Forecast 2019”

Today, we hosted the event “Mexico’s Economic Forecast 2019”, sponsored by Hilti. Alonso Cervera, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Economics Research from Credit Suisse presented the economic outlook for Latin America and Mexico this year.

Conference: Doing Business Between Globalization and Protectionism

The Swiss Business Hub’s Director, Rubén Araiza, organized in collaboration with SwissCham a business lunch for the visit of Switzerland Global Enterprise’s CEO, Mr. Daniel Küng, who presented  some useful strategies for the implementation of new business models to fight against the ongoing protectionist international trends.

Business Breakfast in Querétaro

The main objective of this visit was to celebrate the investiture of the new Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Querétaro, Mr. Philipp Mosser. We organized a brekfast with representatives of 18 Swiss companies. During the meeting, the SwissCham, the Embassy and the Swiss Business Hub presented their activities and services they offer.

Signature of Agreement on Dual Education with the Coordinating Business Council (CCE)

SwissCham signed an agreement with COMCE and CCE, giving the Swiss Chamber the faculty to operate at a local level the coordination activities on dual education for Swiss companies in Mexico. Two Nestlé apprentices (Dafne and Ivan) shared their experience.

NAFTA-USMA: Main Changes and Opportunities por Foreign Investment in Mexico

Kenneth Smith, Mexico’s Technical Chief Negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement shared with SwissCham members and with other European chambers of commerce in Mexico, the details of NAFTA’s modernization process.

Swiss Chamber’s Second Anniversary

Today we celebrated our 2nd Anniversary! We thank Givaudan for hosting the Chamber staff in their offices in Corporativo Punto Polanco! “Happy Lilly” and Givaudan’s collaborators were part of the celebration.

Panel Discussion on Mexico’s Economic Perspectives for 2019

The Chamber organized a panel discussion on Mexico’s economic perspectives for the next year. Roberto Martínez (OCDE representative in Mexico), Luis Foncerrada (economist) we part of the panel, which was moderated by SwissCham’s President, Sandrine Dupriez. Schindler sponsored the breakfast.

Meet & Greet the new Swiss Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission

We organized a breakfast to introduce the new Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Eric Mayoraz, and the Deputy Chief of Mission, Léo Trembley to member company representatives. Executives transmitted their  priority themes and the main business challenges in Mexico.

Treatment Plants: Efficient Management of Biological Processes

SwissCham and Geolife organized the event: “Treatment plants: efficient management of biological processes” with the objective to present Swiss biotechnology on the control of biomass in treatment plants and the dynamization of microbiology in biological treatment plants for industrial and urban use.

Swiss Universities Alumni Event 2018

At the second edition of this event, we gathered Swiss company HR executives with Swiss university alumni at a networking event. We tasted Swiss cheese and wine at the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador.  

Swiss National Day celebration and Farewell to Ambassador Touron

We celebrated, in advance, the Swiss National Day, which usually takes part on August 1st . In this big celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence, we tasted Swiss cheese by Emmi, Swiss wine and we wished Ambassador Touron farewell in his new posting in Ireland.

Breakfast-Conference on Mexico’s Rule of Law

Member companies attended a breakfast with Dr. Claudio X. González, President of the NGO “Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity”, with a conference on the civil society position regarding rule of law, anti-corruption, and transparency in Mexico. The conference was followed by a panel discussion with Credit Suisse, Novartis, and SGS representatives.

Conference-Lunch with Mexican Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo

Mexican Economy Secretary, Ildefonso Guajardo met with representatives from Swiss companies to discuss Mexico’s current trade policy. The discussion was centered around NAFTA talks; the EU-Mexico Agreement; and the modernization of the free trade agreement Mexico-EFTA: Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. More than 100 people participated at this event at Nestlé.

Credit Suisse 2018 Mexico Investment Ideas Conference

During the Credit Suisse 2018 Mexico Investment Ideas Conference, member companies were able to participate in conferences about the upcoming Mexican presidential and general elections, as well as presentations about supertrends in investment. Besides, affiliated companies had access to group and private meetings with companies listed in the stock exchange at the Hyatt hotel.

Second General Assembly

The Swiss chamber’s 2nd General Assembly was celebrated at the Ambassador’s Residence with the purpose of sharing the activities undertaken. Also, future activities and events of the Chamber were presented through the Strategic Plan 2018-19. The new Board of Directors was elected, and new members were admitted to the Chamber. The event was followed by a cocktail offered by the Swiss Embassy.

CEO Rountable Breakfast

Swiss Company CEOs participated at a roundtable breakfast on Marketing Strategies of Industry Disruptors at the Four Seasons hotel. The workshop was led by Prof. Dominique Turpin from the prestigious Swiss university IMD Business School.

Conference on Sustainability with Swiss Pilot, Bertrand Piccard

Bertrand Piccard es un piloto suizo y la primera persona en volar alrededor del mundo en un avión solar. El Sr. Piccard impartió una conferencia sobre Soluciones Limpias, Eficientes y Rentables para Cambiar el Mundo, seguido por un panel de discusión. Este evento fue co-organizado por la Embajada de Suiza en México, la SwissCham México, ABB y la ONG Green Momentum.

Visit of the Director of Swiss State Secretariat of Economy (SECO) Madame Ineichen-Fleisch

State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, gave a conference titled “Switzerland and Mexico in an Evolving World” at the Swiss Ambassador’s Residence. Secretary Ineichen-Fleisch talked about the bilateral economic relation, trade agreements, and Swiss economy. The event was followed by a cocktail with swiss fondue from Emmi. With Tequila instead of Schnapps!

Lunch-Conference with Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Juan Carlos Baker

Mexico’s Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Juan Carlos Baker, gave a conference about the trade strategy and the developments in the NAFTA renegociation. Swiss Company representatives and their guests attended this end- of-the-year event.

First Anniversary of the SwissCham México

After a year of its inauguration, Sandrine Dupriez (President) presented the activities and developments of the SwissCham. The Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Louis-José Touron, thanked those who participated in the foundation process of the SwissCham. Celebrations included a toast (sponsored by Sonova), the cutting of the cake and a sensory experience (organized by Givaudan). Guests also enjoyed swiss cheese and fondue (sponsored by Emmi).

Official Visit of Vicepresident of Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset

During the State visit to Mexico of the Vicepresident of the Swiss Confederation and Head of Internal Affairs, Alain Berset, advances of the Swiss Alliance for Vocational Education and Training were presented. Alain Berset signed an agreement on Swiss bicultural schools with the Mexican Secretary of Public Education at the Swiss School in Mexico City.

Swiss Universities Alumni Event 2017

During the alumni event, the SwissCham’s President, Sandrine Dupriez, said a few words to alumni from Swiss universities that are currently living and working in Mexico City. HR Directors from Swiss companies were invited to the event in order to have the opportunity to network with alumni from Swiss universities. The speeches were followed by a jazz concert and a cocktail.

Meeting with Swiss Negotiators in the Modernization of the México-EFTA FTA

The Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Louis-José Touron accompanied members of the SwissCham to a meeting with the Swiss negotiators in the modernization of the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), composed of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, at the end of the fourth round of negotiations.

The Future Update of NAFTA

The recently founded Swiss Chamber organized its first event with directors from important Swiss companies in Mexico to announce the formal start of its activities. Larry Rubin, the Representative of the U.S. Republican Party in Mexico, was the main guest and gave a conference titled: “The Future Update of NAFTA”. The event was followed by a press conference.

First General Assembly

The first General Assembly of the SwissChamber was held at the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador. Ambassador Touron and the Interim President of the Chamber, Sebastián Conde from Givaudan, gave the welcoming words. Without delay, the first Board of Directors was elected and Sandrine Dupriez, Sonova’s CEO was elected as the Chamber’s first President.

Inauguration of SwissCham Mexico

As part of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Switzerland, both governments and representatives from 36 Swiss companies, inaugurated the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry on November 3rd, 2016 at the Swiss House in Bosque de Chapultepec. Swiss companies finally have a coordinating body in Mexico.