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Corporate governance

Principles of Corporate Governance

We wish to communicate our goals and principles at all times and to keep the general public up to date about developments in our field of activities. We likewise wish to maintain close, personal relationships with the authorities, with both public and private institutions and with the media, to stand up for improvements in the most important basic conditions, and to promote worthwhile leisure activity options.

Basel Youth Hostel

The Corporate Governance guidelines of the Swiss Youth Hostels consists of the statutes, the organisational regulations (OGR), the Code of Conduct (CoC) and the regulations of the Employee Committee. These form the basis for effective and efficient governance, which is guided by the specifications of the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance. All regulations were revised in 2020 and brought up to date.

The appointed committees were reorganised. The committee known as the “Steuerungsausschuss” was replaced by the Steering Committee and the Finance Committee (“Finanzkommission”) by the Audit Committee at the Executive Board meeting on 26 September 2020. The members of these committees were newly elected. The Committees will now be elected annually.

The accounting complies with the Swiss GAAP FER professional recommendations and gives a true and fair view of assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss. The Executive Board and management have instituted internal precautions in order to ensure conformity of the organisation’s annual accounts with the applicable financial reporting requirements and to ensure proper reporting. A functioning system of controls is implemented internally.

Bodies of the association

Delegates

The members choose 20-80 delegates for four years. Their powers include modification of the statutes, ratification of the business report, approval of the actions of the bodies, election of executive board members, president and statutory auditors, as well as nomination of honorary members.

Elected until 31 December 2023

Avesani Giancarlo, Melano | Bianchin Patricia, Neuchâtel | Bollhalder Rolf, Teufen | Buschor Trudi, Moosseedorf | Fuchs Edwin, Zollikon | Fuchs Michel, Zollikon | Furger Christine, Arlesheim | Furrer Daniel, Lucerne | Giacomazzi Gaia, Zurich | Gisler Alfred, Lucerne | Graf Katarina, Chur | Granacher Bernhard, Kreuzlingen | Gruber Veronika, Gelterkinden | Haag-Lochmann Helen, Hirzel | Haug-Kern Esther, Zurich | Haug Tobias, Zurich | Hiederer Daniel, Scuol | Keller-Giovanon Helene, Ossingen | Lehmann Lisette, Schneisingen | Liechti Nina, Lucerne | Lutz Béatrice, Birsfelden | Meier Nicole, Zurich | Meyer Stefan, Zuzwil | Montandon Jonathan, Zurich | Mottier André, Ste-Croix | Müller Karin, Bonstetten | Müller Tim, Bonstetten | Palme Sabine, Zug | Ramsperger Rolf, Neuhausen am Rhein | Schmid Denise, Zollikofen | Schmid Theres, Münsingen | Schoch-Sutter Carmen, Märstetten | Schwyter-Faist Yolanda, Zezikon TG | Städler-Bischof Esther, Wattwil | Steidle Christine, Arboldswil | Steiger Thomas, Muttenz | Steinmann Rolf, Cham | Störi Thomas, Muttenz | Straubhaar Sarah, Neuchâtel | Strehler René, Zurich | Strehler Tim, Zurich | Streuli Cornelia, Steinhausen | Surber Sébastien, Aadorf | Thut Tobias, Kriens | Uhlemann Luzia, Untervaz | Vogel Manon, Hinwil | Weber Kathrin, Bischofszell | Zulliger-Senn Annemarie, Volketswil | Zürcher Eva, Gonten

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the highest management body and is chosen by the assembly of delegates for a term of four years. The members can be re-elected, but are subject to a restriction of tenure of 12 years. It consists of a total of at least 8 to a maximum of 12 members. The Board defines the strategic orientation and reviews the operative implementation.

Elected until 31 December 2023

Abegg Thomas (from 17.4.2010) | Bahrampoori Rahel (from 11.6.2016) | Denzler Corinne (from 13.3.2015) | Gallo Mathias (from 29.11.2019) | Jordan Amaury (from 29.1.2003) | Juon Gian Marco (from 06.3.2020) | Kulcsár Thomas (from 6.4.2018) | Michel-Abegg Corinne (from 27.11.2015) | Müller Christoph (from 17.6.1995) | Reutlinger Frank (from 23.11.2018)

Chairmanship

Reutlinger Frank, President (from 15.6.2019) | Denzler Corinne, Vice President (from 1.1.2016)

Finance Committee

up to 26 September 2020

Abegg Thomas (President) | Kulcsár Thomas | Reutlinger Frank

Steering Committee

up to 26 September 2020

Bahrampoori Rahel | Denzler Corinne | Reutlinger Frank (President)

Audit Committee

since 26 September 2020

Abegg Thomas (Chair) | Jordan Amaury | Kulcsár Thomas

Elected until 31 December 2021

Steering Committee

since 26 September 2020

Abegg Thomas (Chair) | Bahrampoori Rahel | Denzler Corinne | Juon Gian Marco | Reutlinger Frank

Elected until 31 December 2021

Management Team

The Management Team is the management of the Swiss Youth Hostels. The members are appointed by the Executive Board. The CEO heads the Management Team. The Director of Operations is his Deputy. The Management Team is responsible for implementing the idealistic and strategic goals defined by the Executive Board. It defines the operative goals and monitors their achievement.

Bunte Janine, CEO Chair of Management Teams (from 1.1.2019) | Estermann Philipp, Director Operations, Deputy CEO (from 1.10.2020) | Leu Katharina, Director Sales (from 24.6.2019) | Eisele André, Director Marketing & Communication (from 1.9.2019)

Janine Bunte holds the position of Director of Finance, CEO, on an interim basis.

Employee Committee

The Employee Committee represents the interests of all employees to the CEO and the Executive Board.

Meier Daniel, Manager Stein am Rhein Youth Hostel | Raimann Angela, Head of IT Operations (President) | Wettstein Tobias, Manager Basel Youth Hostel | Zürcher Ueli, Manager Interlaken Youth Hostel

Elected until 31 December 2022

Auditing body

Bommer + Partner Treuhandgesellschaft, Bern

Is elected every year by the assembly of delegates.

Honorary members

Kern Jack, Zurich | Kurmann Stephan, Hirzel | Lüdi Heinz, Effretikon | Wälle Robert, Lucerne

Remuneration of committees

Delegates

Work as a delegate of the Swiss Youth Hostels is on a voluntary and honorary basis and is not compensated financially. Any resulting actual expenses are reimbursed.

Every year, delegates receive 21 accommodation coupons allowing free usage of youth hostels operated by the Swiss Youth Hostels Association.


Executive Board

As a general principle, the members of the Executive Board provide their services free of charge on the basis of the corporate governance guidelines for non-profit organisations in Switzerland, the Swiss NPO code and other relevant regulations. Any resulting actual expenses are reimbursed.

For their voluntary activities, the members of the Executive Board receive 42 accommodation coupons every year that allow free visits to owned youth hostels. The work of the Executive Board is voluntary and honorary and is not compensated. If the President or a member of the Executive Board performs more than 100 hours of voluntary work within one calendar year, they are entitled to compensation for every further hour.

In 2020, the President and members of the Executive Board worked 712 hours, 478 of which were non-remunerated.

Remuneration of fees and reimbursement of expenses in the amount of CHF 47,799 (previous year: CHF 76,433) were paid out. Of this sum, the President received CHF 33,380 (previous year CHF 72,754).


Auditing body

In 2020, fees for auditors amounted to CHF 51,167 (previous year: CHF 51,752). This was paid exclusively for the performance of audit services.

Risk assessment

The spread of Coronavirus into a worldwide pandemic massively changed the risk situation for Swiss Youth Hostels in 2020. Although a possible pandemic has been monitored in the risk inventory for several years and the pandemic plan has proven to be complete and effective, it’s impact has been inconceivable.

The Executive Board and management grappled intensively with the short, medium and long-terms impact of the pandemic during the year under review. To the extent foreseeable and, continuation of the organisation is not endangered. However, the pandemic has had a serious impact on the organisation’s assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss. The Executive Board and management have used all possible instruments to keep the impact to a minimum.