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On 25 May 2022, the Federal Council passed an amendment to the Price Disclosure Ordinance. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure clarity and comparability of prices and to prevent the use of misleading prices. This latest amendment was precipitated by federal court ruling 4A_235/2020, which caused uncertainty on the question of the timing of price disclosure in online trade.

It is well known that online booking platforms often contractually restrict the freedom of accommodation providers to set their own prices for the accommodation offered (so-called “price-fixing clauses”). A newly adopted amendment to the Swiss Act against Unfair Competition (UCA) now limits these as well as other practices of online booking platforms

On 30 May 2022, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court rendered two landmark decisions relating to the legal qualification of platform work. Platform work is a relatively new term for organizing paid work through digital platforms. Users access workers through online digital platforms for a wide range of paid services. The legal definition of platform work raises numerous legal questions, some of which were addressed by the court in two decisions rendered on 30 May 2022.

In this update, we set out the extent to which new Swiss ESG reporting, disclosure and due diligence requirements apply to Swiss companies and foreign companies operating in Switzerland. We also provide further details about the due diligence requirements in relation to conflict minerals and child labor, and give an overview of developments outside of Switzerland that are relevant for Swiss companies doing business abroad, including the recently proposed EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and the German Supply Chain Act. Finally, we share some of the key points senior leadership should consider as extended ESG reporting and due diligence obligations take shape in Switzerland and abroad.