Ethics in Finance Award


Ethics in Finance Award 2023

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.

Proceedings and timeline

Submissions are open from 13 February 2023 to 25 April 2023. 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.

The candidates are informed about the outcome by the end of April 2023. Up to three runners-up are invited to the Ethics in Finance Award ceremony, which takes place on Thursday, 25 May 2023 in Neuchâtel and via video live-stream. The ceremony gives the runners-up the opportunity to present their contributions.

Applications must be submitted to the jury through the following secure online submission system:

Submit here


Alternative Bank Switzerland (ABS)


Left to right: Rico Travella (ABS), Eelco Fiole (UniNE) and Loïc Ecoffey (ABS) 


The jury

  • Jean Berthoud, Chairman of Banque Bonhôte & Cie SA, alumni 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
  • Tim Kroencke, Professor of Finance, University of Neuchâtel 
  • Carolina Salva, Representative of the Dean's Office and Professor of Corporate Finance, University of Neuchâtel 
  • Florian Weigert, Professor of Financial Risk Management, University of Neuchâtel.

Supported by


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Eelco Fiole

Institute of Financial Analysis