Ethics in Finance Award


Ethics in Finance Award

The Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Neuchâtel awards annually a distinction entitled Ethics in Finance Award to a financial market participant domiciled in Switzerland or Liechtenstein to honour a specific ethical behaviour in finance. 

The award recognises a product, a service, a (management) process or a practice that can be recognised as an example of good ethical behaviour by other financial market players. It has a purely idealistic and no monetary value. 

An eligible financial market participant must be domiciled in Switzerland or Liechtenstein and can receive the award regardless of its legal form (commercial company, branch or department of a commercial company) or its prominence in the said markets. Applications may also be submitted by third parties.

Laureate 2024

Ethos Foundation


Left to right: Eelco Fiole (UniNE), Raphaël Caregnato (Ethos), Vincent Kaufmann (Ethos), Florian Weigert (UniNE)

Proceedings and timeline

A jury independently ranks the eligible candidatures based on the following behaviours:

  • Act with integrity, competence, diligence, respect and in an ethical manner with the public, customers, potential customers, employers, employees, colleagues or other "stakeholders" of the global financial markets
  • Place the integrity of the financial profession and the general interest above personal interests
  • Encourage others to practice in a professional and ethical manner that will bring them credit
  • Promote integrity and compliance with the rules governing the financial markets.

It is recognised that these behaviours are often expressed in products, processes or practices.

Three runners-up were invited to the Ethics in Finance Award ceremony, which took place on 29 May 2024 in Neuchâtel. The ceremony gave the runners-up the opportunity to present their contributions.


  • Jean Berthoud, Chairman of Banque Bonhôte & Cie SA, alumnus of the Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Eelco Fiole, Chair, Adjunct Professor of Finance Ethics, University of Neuchâtel, and Managing Partner, Alpha Governance Partners
  • Patrick Haack, Professor of Strategy and Responsible Management, HEC Lausanne, and Director, HEC Research Center for Grand Challenges 
  • Carmen Hett, Treasurer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva
  • Claudia Jonczyk Sédès, Representative of the Dean's Office and Professor of Strategic Management, University of Neuchâtel 
  • Florian Weigert, Professor of Financial Risk Management, University of Neuchâtel.


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