How Mammut is getting off the Greenpeace blacklist
Mammut CEO Oliver Pabst plans to reduce his company’s overall carbon footprint by 30 percent by the year 2030. A sticking point, however, is Mammut’s use of the harmful compound PFC in its clothing, which Greenpeace protested in 2016. While it is an industry-wide issue, Pabst says Mammut is working to be free of PFC by 2023.
Mammut CEO on getting to customers to pay a premium
Oliver Pabst, the CEO of Swiss mountaineering company Mammut, explains how a simple stone his nephew gave him has inspired his company’s culture. In part one of our interview, he also talks about digitizing the entire value chain and why he doesn’t allow phones in company meetings: “We are not made for multitasking.”
It’s not the end of the road for Formula E in Switzerland
Switzerland is missing from next year’s Formula E calendar. But Swiss ePrix CEO Pascal Derron says that’s not the whole story. He sits down with Hannah Wise to discuss why Swiss bureaucracy caused it to miss the FIA deadline, and how he hopes that the race will return to Zurich in 2020.
Marcegaglia: China must change if it wants to do business with Europe
Emma Marcegaglia says that Europe’s relationship with China is less “romantic” and more pragmatic these days. Although she disagrees with the U.S. approach in initiating a trade war, the chairman of Eni says that China needs to be “strongly pushed” to allow easier access to its market and fair bilateral trade relations.
Marcegaglia’s message to Switzerland and EU: Italy is still strong
Italian steel magnate Emma Marcegaglia, chairman of Eni, says that while Italy’s economic growth has weakened, the EU’s third-largest economy still packs a punch and should be taken seriously. She also emphasizes that the country’s issues are not exclusive, adding “Europe as a whole has work to do.”
Stefan Catsicas places bets on a world beyond meat
Stefan Catsicas, CEO of Lausanne-based Skyviews Life Science, has put his weight behind the new food revolution of meat alternatives offered by companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. But he says the next radical shift in eating is still just around the corner.
Skyviews CEO Catsicas: access to EU is of “paramount importance”
Earlier this month, Switzerland said it was not ready to sign the European Union framework deal, as it wants several of the proposed deal’s points clarified. The CEO of Skyviews Life Science and former Nestlé CTO, Stefan Catsicas, tells us why this puts the future of students and scientists at risk.
Art Basel has lowered booth pricing, so will others follow suit?
Art Basel’s Global Director Marc Spiegler is adjusting to the ever-changing art world by continuing to expand the brand both globally and digitally. But perhaps most notably, the art fair has overhauled the pricing system in time for its 2019 edition, which kicks off this week.
European banks have lost narrative on purpose of banking, says DBS
Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Group, says banks that don’t evolve and “disrupt themselves” by providing a very different customer experience won’t survive. The Singaporean banker lays out the digital future for the rapidly-changing industry and talks about how his bank competes with its Swiss counterparts for the coveted growing Asian market.
DBS Bank CEO sends a warning about “stratospheric valuations”
Since the financial crisis, economists and analysts have been wary of signs that another one could be on the way. Piyush Gupta, the CEO of Singapore-based DBS Group, points out what he sees as “unknown risks” and talks about the one thing he has in common with UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti.
“We could not have started Actelion or Idorsia outside of Switzerland”
Biotech entrepreneurs Martine and Jean-Paul Clozel explain why they are lucky to work in Switzerland and why, even though they have created two successful start-ups, they are still risk averse.