Are public projects doomed to failure from the start? – Transformation Assurance

Public projects have a bad reputation. Is it deserved, or more a matter of expectations and the way success and failure are defined? In this critical review we take a close look at what makes public-sector IT and transformation projects different from those in other areas, the specific challenges they face, and tried-and-tested approaches to making them a success. Read more…

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Marc Lahmann
Director and Leader Transformation Assurance
+41 58 792 27 99
marc.lahmann@ch.pwc.com

PwC’s Not-for-profit Excellence Survey 2016

2nd edition of PwC’s survey of not-for-profit organisations

Switzerland, and more specifically Geneva, is an important global hub for international not-for-profit organisations (NPOs). They play a vital role in key humanitarian activities worldwide. In spite of the importance of this work, which benefits a growing stakeholder community, these organisations can find themselves confronted with a number of challenges in an increasingly complex environment.

This year, we carried out a Not-for-Profit Excellence survey among some 150 Swiss organisations to take the pulse on economic, financial, governance and operational challenges the NPO community faces.

This report summarises the findings of the second not-for-profit organisation (NPO) survey PwC carried out in summer 2016. Two years after the first edition, we revisited the questions and expanded the survey’s reach beyond French-speaking Switzerland. Senior leaders from close to 150 NPOs across Switzerland responded to this survey. Over a third of our respondents have an annual operating budget of more than ten million francs.

The not-for-profit organisations we surveyed are in good economic and financial health. Despite some concerns on the future employment market, they are confident about the future of their organisation in Switzerland.

Visit our webpage to find out more: www.pwc.ch/nposurvey2016

Cities of Opportunity 7

Results overview

This Results Overview provides highlights, fundamental findings and methodology to gain a quick understanding of Cities of Opportunity 7, an analysis of 30 global or regional centers of business, finance and commerce. See www.pwc.com/cities for the full report with more extensive commentary, economic and demographic analysis, spotlights on urban resilience, taxation and public transport as well as modeling tools, interviews with leaders from business, government and universities.

Cities of Opportunity 7

A copy of the report can be downloaded here .

 

Geldwäschereiprävention: die neuen Pflichten für Händlerinnen und Händler

Ab 2016 werden die Geldwäschereisorgfaltspflichten auf Unternehmen und Berufe ausserhalb des Finanzbereichs ausgedehnt.

 

Die Gesetzesänderung mit Bezug zur Geldwäschereiprävention, welche in Januar 2016 in Kraft tritt, schreibt für die natürlichen und juristischen Personen, welche gewerblich mit Gütern handeln und dabei Bargeld ab einem Betrag von CHF 100’000 entgegennehmen, strengere Regeln vor. Diese Bargeldzahlungen unterliegen neu einer verschärften Abklärungspflicht, und die Händlerinnen und Händler,  z.B. Immobilien-, Kunst- oder Edelsteinhändler, müssen, in Bezug auf diese Zahlungen, Sorgfaltspflichten wie Finanzintermediäre einhalten, ohne dass sie selber über eine Bewilligung für die Tätigkeit als Finanzintermediär verfügen.

Erfahren Sie mehr in unserem Informationsblatt:

Geldwäschereiprävention: die neuen Pflichten für Händlerinnen und Händler

Unsere Experten – Ihr Kontakt:

Susanne Hofmann

PwC | Legal Compliance Leader Switzerland | Director
Birchstrasse 160 | Postfach | CH-8050 Zürich
Email: susanne.hofmann@ch.pwc.com

Michèle Hess

PwC | Assurance Director
Birchstrasse 160 | Postfach | CH-8050 Zürich
Email: michele.hess@ch.pwc.com

Public Procurement in the Health Industry

When it comes to levels of transparency in the field of public procurement, Switzerland is proud about its positioning in international rankings. This has its reasons inter alia in the well-established processes foreseen by law in most of the relevant areas. But also this field of the law needs to keep up with constant developments and innovations in the economic world, including the increasingly broad areas in which public and private activities converge for the sake of optimizing the business environment. Precisely this is what the various legislative levels in Switzerland are envisaging for the future, and substantial changes in this field are ahead of us.

One of the developments will certainly affect the procurement processes to be observed by hospitals, both stately held and private hospitals and health institutions. Philipp do Canto, our expert lawyer in Public Law, describes in this essay a recent court case in the Canton of Zurich that reflects the developments in the field of public procurement in the health industry and deals in particular with the blurred line that distinguishes the obligations of transparency in their respective procurement practices. This is an interesting essay that might be able to give you a flavor about how things are today and into which direction they might evolve in the future.

If this is a matter of your interest, do reach out to Philipp do Canto. He will be glad to elaborate on this topic and share with you his expertise and founded predictions.

Read more here.