Although it is impossible to predict how the spread of the COVID-19 virus will develop moving forward, three things can be stated with certainty at this time. First, public health must be afforded top priority and each and every one of us is tasked with making a great effort to further this cause. Second, the COVID-19 outbreak has taken a severe toll on the local and global economies. The third and most important principle is solidarity.

EY also finds itself in the very midst of coping with these difficult challenges and we wish to ensure that we are always there for our people, our clients, and our society whenever and wherever we are needed. In light of this, the #EYsolidarity dialog platform seeks to empower people and organizations through webcasts, best practice advice, and other pertinent materials.

We strongly encourage you to join our movement and to make your voice heard by clicking on the button shown below to submit questions, concerns, ideas, or best practice suggestions. Let us make sure that we ask the right questions and that we join forces to find the right answers in a united way.

#EYsolidarity measures

Even where in‑person meetings are no longer a viable option, EY specialists are making a tremendous effort to remain in close contact with their people, their clients, and with the overall economy. We will be offering the following information over the upcoming days:

  • A series of solidarity webcasts and best practices
  • A priority assessment of COVID-19-related business challenges
  • Free first-aid instruction for small and midmarket Swiss enterprises

Please make sure to stay up to date by submitting the Your Voice Form or by following us at ey‑ #EYsolidarity news will also be posted on EY Switzerland’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

Upcoming webcasts

Knowledge is key to mastering the COVID-19 challenges: In the free #EYsolidarity webcast series, our specialist share their expertise on relevant topics. Thank you for applying our insights to your business, and don’t hesitate to contact us for individual advice.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 8.00 to 12.00
(4 sessions, 50 minutes each, in English)

08.00 Crisis management
09.00 Mobility & workforce management
10.00 Short-time work/Labor law
11.00 Supply chain

EY specialists: Fabian Wehren (host), Nicolas Bosshard, Hugh Docherty, Gabriela de Godoy, Marc Gugger, Christine Vogel

Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 8.00 to 12.00
(4 sessions, 50 minutes each, in German)

08.00 Ausgewählte rechtliche Problemstellungen für Sportverbände und Sportvereine
09.00 Die unterschiedlichen Aspekte von Homeoffice
10.00 Liquiditätsmassnahmen – was steuerrechtlich zu beachten ist
11.00 Finanzierung, Finanzplanung und Restrukturierung unter Einfluss von COVID-19

EY specialists: André Bieri (host), Vassilios Koutsogiannakis, Isabelle Staiger, Benno Suter, Hannes Schobinger, Ariane Amacker, Brenda Maeder

Missed a webcast?

Visit our webcast page for videos of all previous sessions. You can also request the slide decks and FAQ lists or contact our specialists for individual questions.

Friday, 3 April 2020 (in French):
Sessions: Inexécution des baux commerciaux et autres contrats commerciaux, Effets du COVID-19 sur la supply chain, Distribution de dividendes et continuité de l’exploitation du point de vue des auditeurs, Effets dans les domaines de l’immigration, de la fiscalité et de la sécurité sociale pour les employeurs et leurs salariés en situations transfrontalières

EY specialists: Frédéric Tissot (host), Marek Noyer, Guillaume Leopold, Pascal Tréhan, Laure Baumann, Helena Ribeiro Pacheco, César Da Silva

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 (in German):
Sessions: Vertragsstörungen und weitere rechtliche Themen, Auswirkungen von COVID-19 auf Supply Chain, Dividenden und Going Concern aus Sicht Revisionsstelle, Immigration, Steuern und Sozialversicherung in grenzüberschreitender Situation

EY specialists: André Bieri (host), Roman Schlager, Nicolas Bosshard, Christoph Michel, Jan Wong, Julia Leuenberger, Markus Kaempf

Friday, 27 March 2020 (in French):
Sessions: Gestion de crise, Gestion des liquidités, Droit du travail/réduction de l’heure de travail, Possibilités de financement

EY specialists: Frédéric Tissot (host), Gabriela de Godoy, Roger Disch, Amaury Bonnaire, Camille Denis, Elodie Favre, Jean-Marie Hainaut, Anne-Sophie Lamaraud Laval, Aurélien Muller, Christian Turbé

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 (in German):
Sessions: Krisenmanagement, Liquiditätsmanagement, Kurzarbeit/Arbeitsrecht, Förderungsmöglichkeiten

EY specialists: André Bieri (host), Roger Disch, Marc Gugger, Roman Haltinner, Andrea Stocker-Sohst

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Your questionnaire

Although we certainly do not have the answer to each and every question that will arise during this unprecedented crisis, it should be emphasized that we are firmly committed to working closely with our clients, partners, and this community in order to obtain these answers. We would be delighted if you join the #EYsolidarity movement in order to share your questions, concerns, ideas or best practice. Click on each of the topics to explore the critical questions that must be thoroughly discussed within your organization.

People safety

Are we strictly adhering to all federal and cantonal COVID-19 laws and directives?
Are all employees equipped for remote or home office working arrangements? What infrastructure and tools must be established for this purpose?
Are we taking every possible precaution to minimize exposure to the coronavirus for employees who are unable to work remotely?
How can our company further the mission of improving public health and safety in our local community?

Stakeholder dialog

Have the team, processes and tools for crisis communication been clearly defined?
Are we still able to fulfill all customer orders and requests? How can we assist them in navigating through the COVID-19 crisis?
Are we engaged in ongoing communication with our suppliers with the aim of ensuring the uninterrupted availability of the supply of products and materials?
What ongoing contracts are affected by the crisis? Which contracts are affected by the crisis? Have we spoken to our partners about it?

Financial stability

Is our short-term liquidity guaranteed? How do we cope with bottleneck situations? What options are available to resolve liquidity issues? Do we understand our financial and operational risks? Which risks can be mitigated?
Are we entitled to any financial benefits (government subsidies, insurance payouts, tax relief, etc.)? How can we claim these benefits?

Resilience and recovery

How can we make sure our culture empowers our resilience during this crisis?
How should we adjust our budget, business, and continuity planning?
Do we need to revise our strategy to focus on customer service, supply, and production? If so, will the investments be covered in our CAPEX plan?
Are we proactively addressing the impact and opportunities arising in our global supply markets?

Share your voice

Do you have business-related questions pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak? Do you wish to join the #EYsolidarity movement and share your insights and best practice suggestions? Our experts would sincerely appreciate your feedback and are ready to help in any way they can.

Please keep me updated on the #EYsolidarity movement.