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The Swiss Bankers Association is the umbrella organisation of the Swiss financial centre. Our primary objective is to create optimal framework conditions for the Swiss banks.

What we do

The Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) is the voice of the banks in Switzerland. As an umbrella organisation, we represent almost all the banks in Switzerland. Our primary objective is to promote optimal framework conditions for the Swiss financial centre in Switzerland and abroad. To this end, we represent the interests of the banks in industry, politics, and vis-à-vis the government, the authorities and the regulators.

As a think tank for the framework conditions of the future, we anticipate the developments that will be relevant to the financial centre.

SBA facts and figures

  • The SBA was founded as an association in 1912 in Basel and currently has almost 300 member institutions (Raiffeisen banks count as one institution), and approx. 12,000 individual members.
  • Four business-orientated steering committees and five transversal expert commissions consisting of almost 500 representatives of the bank groups work to address the most important questions and issues faced by the financial centre. They are supported by around 55 employees (in full-time equivalents) who work at the Association’s head office.
  • Herbert J. Scheidt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Vontobel AG and Vontobel Holding AG, has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SBA since September 2016. Jörg Gasser has been CEO of the SBA since May 2019.

Our mission

  • We represent the interests of the banks vis-à-vis the authorities in Switzerland and abroad.
  • We promote the Swiss financial centre’s image throughout the world.
  • We engage in an open dialogue with a critical public at home and abroad.
  • We further develop self-regulation in consultation with regulators.
  • We support training for both junior staff and senior executives in the banking industry.
  • We facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge between banks and bank employees.
  • We advise our members.
  • We coordinate joint projects undertaken by the Swiss banks.

More information about our association as well as our mission statement can be found in our articles of association.