Partners 2015

The following companies were part of the Business Game St.Gallen 2015:

BDO Switzerland – Godfather Partner

The Company in Brief

With 32 branches in the German, French and Italian speaking parts of Switzerland and more than 1’000 employees, BDO Ltd is one of the leading Swiss managed companies with expertise in accounting, auditing, tax, legal, outsourcing and management consultancy. Our customers are small- and medium-sized companies as well as large companies for selected services. We serve Trade, Industry, Banks, Public Institutions and NPOs. Our key competences also include national and international Tax Advice, Corporate Finance, Real Estate and ABACUS ERP.
As a member of the BDO network, we deliver all the flexibility, specialist expertise, closeness and personal service of a local firm, together with the capabilities, network and strength of the large scale global players. With 32 offices nationwide, our branch network is the most extensive in the sector. For cross-border transactions, we can draw on the support of the global BDO network which is the world’s fifth largest accountancy network. We have an excellent partner to staff ratio, with 56’000 people working with our clients and offering challenging, ethical and practical advice from 1’264 offices in 144 countries.
We earn our clients’ trust every single day by providing tangible, tried-and-tested services that are implemented under close supervision with the aim of optimising effectiveness and results. Thus our advisors become consultant entrepreneurs and people in whom our clients have confidence. With our long-term thinking and our orientation towards quality we are the leader for exceptional client service. An average client relation of over 25 years is a strong proof for this.

You and BDO

At BDO, you won’t be just another number – or just another face. You will have the opportunity to stand out and make a distinct impact. Smaller client service teams and an excellent partner-to-staff ratio contribute to an environment where our associates’ work is noticed – by peers, partners and clients. As a client-focused company, we can offer a unique corporate culture, exceptional development options at home and abroad, variety and networking opportunities to a wide range of people in a variety of industries. This offer is topped off by an attractive benefits package.

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Nespresso – Challenge Partner

«A truly perfect coffee consumption experience creating pleasure for the consumer, value for stakeholders and positively impacting society.»

Company profile

nespresso1Nespresso is a premium coffee company, driven by innovation at every level. This innovation has enabled the brand to succeed in creating an entirely new market for portioned coffee, delivering superb, highest quality coffee within our wide range of Grands Crus. Indeed, Nespresso has become not only the benchmark within its own sector, but also a reference point for quality and exclusivity for high-end consumer brands worldwide.

At the heart of its value-added proposition, Nespresso recognizes the challenges of living in a world of constrained resources in which ”business as usual” is no longer an option for a successful enterprise. Thus, the core strategy of Nespresso is to produce and sell the highest quality Grand Cru coffees while Creating Shared Value (CSV) for coffee farmers, business partners and consumers.

nespresso2A pioneer in high-quality coffee and espresso machines, Nespresso has sought to be equally innovative in its end to end approach to sustainability. Entitled The Positive Cup, the strategy is based on the Nestlé approach to Creating Shared Value (CSV) and builds upon the significant steps that Nespresso has already taken over the last five years to improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption.  With The Positive Cup, Nespresso has set ambitious sustainability targets to meet by 2020. The focus is set on the areas of coffee sourcing and social welfare; aluminum sourcing, use and disposal; and resilience to climate change.

Nespresso Academic Sustainability Challenge

Dou you want to make a Positive change? Then you might be interested by the Nespresso Academic Sustainability Challenge. You will receive more information during the Business Game St. Gallen.

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Download the Nespresso Corporate Backgrounder or visit our websites for more information:

Swarovski – Challenge Partner


Swarovski_ImageSince 1895, Swarovski has been a trendsetting company and the world’s leading producer of cut crystal, genuine gemstones, and created stones. Its products are cherished by designers and consumers for their innovation and perfection, meaning the name Swarovski is synonymous with quality and creativity all over the world. As an employer, Swarovski provides an international environment, a wide range of competitive benefits and incentives, international assignments, development programs, and career opportunities, while still providing the solid basis of a traditional family business.
Interested in adding sparkle to people’s everyday lives? Then join the Swarovski team at our headquarters in Männedorf.

About Swarovski

Swarovski Group

(Number of Employees: 30’000)
The Swarovski Group comprises Swarovski Optik, which produces precision optical instruments such as telescopes and binoculars, Tyrolit, a leading producer of grinding, sawing, drilling, and dressing tools, as well as a provider of tools and machines, and Swarovski Crystal Business.

Männedorf, Switzerland

The Consumer Goods Business (CGB) and Finance & Administration (F&A) headquarter is located in Männedorf along lake Zurich, approx. 25 kilometers outside the city of Zurich.

Embracing Diversity

  • 500 employees
  • 36 nationalities

Swarovski Crystal Business

(Number of Employees: 25’000)
Swarovski designs, manufactures, and globally markets jewelry and high-quality crystal, genuine gemstones, created stones, and finished products such as accessories and lighting solutions. What started in 1895 as a small crystal manufacturing business in Wattens, Austria, has grown to become a global company making exclusivity available to a worldwide consumer base. With a rich history and a culture of creativity, Swarovski engages in diverse business activities. the company is committed to growth and to maintaining its place at the forefront of design, creativity, and technological innovation. Swarovski’s products are sold in approx. 170 countries.

Which Job would suit You?

We offer more than 250 jobs in 13 different job families.

Swarovski Spirit 2020

Our Mission – What we do and promise

Through our mastery of the poetry of precision we continue to be the market leader, driving force, and reliable partner within our industry to meet people’s desire for adornment and delight since 1895 as

  • manufacturer, marketer, and retailer of premium jewelry and consumer products ranging from decorative objects to lighting accessories
  • manufacturer and marketer of premium jewelry stones for customers

Celebrating Success

The Swarovski Spirit Awards, hosted annually, are a celebration of our colleagues’ outstanding achievements, valuable contributions to the company’s success, and the sparkle that they add to people’s everyday lives.

Your Career

Within Swarovski, we have a wide variety of training and development opportunities. On one hand, you will have the chance to gain experience by learning on the job, as well as through project assignments and possibly international assignments. On the other hand, we offer external and inhouse training programs, such as leadership development programs at the Swarovski Academy.

The Performance Dialogue is our annual process for all employees to review their performance over the last year, define next year’s objectives, and to plan development activities with their line manager. Receiving feedback and identifying performance and development opportunities is not a single activity, but rather part of a constant and ongoing development process. The Performance Dialogue supports you in discovering your future potential.

The Swarovski Academy is the leadership development platform at Swarovski, with the mission of developing leadership skills and shaping a leadership culture based on our company values. Several programs and classes are offered annually.

People Review and Succession Planning is our annual process to identify employee potential, performance development steps, and successors for key positions. Swarovski places high value on people development. To support the best development actions, Swarovski has established an annual process to systematically identify and discuss high-potential employees at a local, regional, and global level.

International Mobility. To be a truly global employer, Swarovski wants to create an environment with an international culture and network. International assignments and transfers are vital as they allow not only personal growth and development, but also get people with the right skills in the right place at the right time.

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Zurich Insurance – Challenge Partner

About Zurich Insurance

zurich_buildingFounded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich is one of the world’s most experienced insurers. Our customers choose Zurich to protect the people and things they love because they value our knowledge, expertise and stability. Zurich has three core business segments – General Insurance, Global Life, and Farmers.

We operate globally and locally, according to our customers’ needs. We deliver insurance products and services in more than 170 countries.

Career Opportunities

Zurich Switzerland offers graduates and students various possibilities to start with Zurich, such as the Zurich Trainee Program (ZTP), internships, dissertations or direct entry.

Zurich Trainee Program

In the Zurich Trainee Program (ZTP), graduates enhance their knowledge and skills through various placements and a diverse training program. An introductory week is followed by six months in their future role. Placements in an adjacent area (duration: five months) and in a general agency (duration: four months) allow them to learn all about the market and the front line. At the end of the program they have deep insights into the core business. During the last three months of the program, participants return to work in their preferred future role. We seek a long-term working relationship with our trainees. It is therefore important to us ensure our future managers and specialists have in-depth knowledge about insurance. Various networking events are thus also an important aspect here, to enable them to establish a large cross-divisional network. Seminars, training courses and events are spread across the 18-month program, build on each other and prepare the participant in every respect to face the challenges in their new environment. Our candidates have completed their studies with above-average results and gained their first practical experience. We are looking for committed individuals who want to bring in and implement new ideas, who are interested in the insurance industry and who, above all, are prepared to learn all about the insurance business from the bottom up. In return we offer varied, thorough training and excellent career opportunities in an attractive and dynamic professional field.


Interning with us lets you translate theoretical knowledge acquired during your studies into practice for a period of between 3 and 12 months. Not only will you gain valuable professional experience and explore various departments, an internship helps you build your network and puts you on the best path to a subsequent permanent role and the start of your career.

Bachelor / Master Thesis

Students in the process of writing a Bachelor or Master’s level thesis with practical elements can leverage our expert support. This does not just benefit the student: we always welcome the chance to get inspired when it comes to a sustainable vision for our future. And remember, that academic paper could be a potential jumping-off point for a professional career with us.

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