Corruption in Switzerland

Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) in its evaluation report noted that specificities of Switzerland’s institutions It underlines, however, that the organization of the system allows for exerted on politicians and the judiciary [1]

Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 5th place out of 176 countries. [2]


Switzerland has a strong legal framework to combat corruption and several authorities are in charge of curbing the levels of it, especially when it comes to corruption within Swiss financial institutions . [3] Several sources suggest that the country’s fight against corruption has been effective. [4] [5]

The Transparency International Global Barometer 2013 shows that 58% of the surveyed households believe that corruption has not changed over the past two years, and 28% believe that it has actually increased. The same survey also shows that political parties are considered the most corrupt institution in Switzerland. [6]

Regarding business and corruption, companies do not Consider corruption a problem for doing business in Switzerland, and Swiss companies are active in Corporate Social Responsibility That are Generally in line with OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises. [7]

But the Swiss system has also enabled some types of organization to operate with little transparency. For example, International sporting organizations (ISO) can have the legal status of an international Non Governmental Organization. Encouraged by the resulting range of legal and tax privileges, something like 50 such ISO is based in the Canton of Vaud alone.

See also

  • Crime in Switzerland
  • 2015 FIFA corruption case


  1. Jump up^ „Council of Europe’s Anti-Corruption body calls on Switzerland to develop ethical rules applicable to federal members of parliament, judges and prosecutors“ . Group of States against Corruption . Retrieved 2017-03-23 .
  2. Jump up^ „Corruption Perception Index 2016“ .
  3. Jump up^ „Snapshot of the Switzerland Country Profile“ . Business Anti-Corruption Portal . Retrieved 4 December 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ „2013 Investment Climate Statement – Switzerland (Including Lichtenstein)“ . US Department of State . Retrieved 4 December 2013 .
  5. Jump up^ „Human Rights Report 2012- Switzerland“ . US Department of State . Retrieved 4 December 2013 .
  6. Jump up^ „Global Corruption Barometer 2013“ . Transparency International . Retrieved 4 December 2013 .
  7. Jump up^ „Snapshot of the Switzerland Country Profile“ . Business Anti-Corruption Portal . Retrieved 4 December 2013 .