Principles

Mission

1. The brainchild of SRG SSR, Swiss Solidarity is a humanitarian foundation whose mission is to provide emergency relief and ongoing assistance to people in need as a result of crisis situations both in Switzerland and abroad.
2. The Swiss Solidarity foundation embodies the team spirit of the Swiss.
3. Its work is non-discriminatory and neutral on all levels—political, ideological and religious.

Platform

4. Swiss Solidarity works primarily with Swiss relief organisations that meet specific criteria established by its Foundation Council.
5. In conjunction with SRG SSR and the accredited relief organisations, Swiss Solidarity constitutes a platform based on a shared humanitarian vision and commitment.
6. Swiss Solidarity raises funds in order to co-fund humanitarian projects abroad carried out primarily by accredited partner organisations. Swiss Solidarity first approves the objectives and budget of each project and subsequently monitors its implementation. The foundation also funds relief efforts in Switzerland while entrusting the management of these funds to accredited relief organisations.

Commitment and transparency

7. Swiss Solidarity is accountable to its donors, which means being committed to using the funds entrusted to it judiciously and in the best interests of beneficiaries.
8. Swiss Solidarity pursues an open and transparent information policy and reports on both aid provided and results achieved.
9. Swiss Solidarity manages the funds entrusted to it by honouring donors’ wishes and beneficiaries’ interests. As a general rule, Swiss Solidarity’s operating costs are covered by the revenue generated by these funds.

Professional requirements

10. Swiss Solidarity upholds a strict sense of professionalism and adopts best practices in all its activities.
11. Swiss Solidarity oversees the platform’s many activities, while its employees maintain and continue to develop the skills and capacities needed to conduct these activities.

Final version approved by Foundation Council 28.4.10 / Committee 9.6.10

Swiss Solidarity is a foundation, started as an initiative of the Swiss public media SRG SSR | Partnership & collaboration

  • Keystone
  • Swisscom
  • SRG SSR alt

Keystone

Keystone

 

One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).

 

Swisscom

Swisscom

A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.

SRG SSR

SRG SSR alt

Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.