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We aim to inspire women in their careers and encourage their advancement.

Activist shareholders pose new challenge for boards of directors

Interview with Barbara Heller, Managing Partner of SWIPRA Services

Board members are increasingly being expected to cultivate an awareness of their stakeholders’ various demands and to engage in active dialog on topics like sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Success comes to those who can credibly demonstrate the connection between the company’s strategy and these issues. The Coronavirus will only make this situation more obvious.

Barbara Heller is Managing Partner at SWIPRA Services, a service provider that advises companies on all aspects of corporate governance. In this interview with Prof. Reto Eberle, Partner at KPMG Switzerland, she discusses how well companies are succeeding in this.

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Barbara Heller, Managing Partner of SWIPRA Services

Gender equality means business

  • At KPMG, we aim to inspire women in their careers and encourage their advancement to the C-suite and board level. We believe that gender equality means business.

    KPMG supports several organizations that promote women in business as part of our commitment to cultivate diversity.

KPMG is again main sponsor in 2020 of the Women’s Board Award in Switzerland

On Monday 24 June 2019, the "Women's Board Award" was presented for the first time in Switzerland. This award focuses on the achievements of high-calibre female board members in the Swiss economy.

The winner of this award is Ingrid Deltenre, Member of the Board of Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Givaudan, Agence France Presse and Sunrise Communications. We congratulate Ingrid Deltenre to this competence prize.

KPMG is proud to support the Women's Board Award in Switzerland from the beginning as one of the main sponsors because we see the advancement of women as a strategic business issue and are working on specific global and national projects.

The three nominees: Monique Bourquin, winner Ingrid Deltenre and Maya Bundt

Women’s Board Award 2019

The award ceremony at a glance.


  • WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is the world’s largest membership organization and community of women corporate board directors. WCD supports its thousands of global members in connecting with peers and advancing visionary corporate governance. KPMG is global sponsor of WCD.

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Hélène Béguin
Member of the Board of Directors, Head of Western Switzerland