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“Me muess d’Lüt neh wie si sy—Anderi gits e keini”. Decent Work and Sustainable Development for the 21st Century: The Case of Wyon AG in Switzerland


Stavridou, Marianthe (2021). “Me muess d’Lüt neh wie si sy—Anderi gits e keini”. Decent Work and Sustainable Development for the 21st Century: The Case of Wyon AG in Switzerland. In: Aerni, Philipp; Stavridou, Marianthe; Schluep, Isabelle. Transitioning to Decent Work and Economic Growth. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI Publishing, 205-231.

Abstract

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland are the backbone of the Swiss economy and account for 2/3 of employers in the country. This paper examines decent work and sustainable economic growth as promoted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8. The author focuses on Small and Medium Enterprises and discusses business ethics and human-centred values as drivers of inclusive change. We argue that Swiss Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in many cases, create a new paradigm of doing business, relying on tradition, innovation and a focus on essential human values. Traditional communitarian values, a vision for innovation, democratic flat decision-making structures and transparency, as well as financial independence, are crucial elements of the SME-strategy, offering decent work and a sustainable long-term prosperity. As an example of a Swiss SME, we examine Wyon AG a small high-end technology firm in the village of Steinegg, District of Rüte, in the Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden. This is a desk research.

Abstract

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland are the backbone of the Swiss economy and account for 2/3 of employers in the country. This paper examines decent work and sustainable economic growth as promoted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8. The author focuses on Small and Medium Enterprises and discusses business ethics and human-centred values as drivers of inclusive change. We argue that Swiss Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in many cases, create a new paradigm of doing business, relying on tradition, innovation and a focus on essential human values. Traditional communitarian values, a vision for innovation, democratic flat decision-making structures and transparency, as well as financial independence, are crucial elements of the SME-strategy, offering decent work and a sustainable long-term prosperity. As an example of a Swiss SME, we examine Wyon AG a small high-end technology firm in the village of Steinegg, District of Rüte, in the Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden. This is a desk research.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2021
Deposited On:14 Jul 2021 12:40
Last Modified:17 Mar 2023 11:26
Publisher:MDPI Publishing
Series Name:Transitioning to Sustainability
ISSN:2624-9324
ISBN:978-3-03897-779-7
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03897-779-7-9
Related URLs:https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/edition/3919
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)