Dominique Biedermann
Member since
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    Chairman
    Member of the Committee
    Member of the Asset Management Committee

    Dominique Biedermann (1958) is chairman of the board of directors of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services since 2015. Until his appointment as chairman, he was the CEO of Ethos Foundation from 1998 and of Ethos Services since its inception in 2000.

    Dominique Biedermann received his PhD in economics from the University of Geneva in 1989. In 1991, he joined the Pension Fund of the Teachers and the Civil Servants of the Administration of the Canton of Geneva (CIA) as deputy director, and from 1994 to 1998 as executive director. In this capacity, he participated in the creation of the Ethos Foundation in 1997.

    Dominique Biedermann is a member of the board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives since 2012. He is also member of the board of directors of Expert Corporate Governance Service (ECGS), as well as chairman of the committee of ethics and deontology of the University of Geneva. He is regularly invited to give lectures on corporate governance and socially responsible investment, in particular at the University of Fribourg and at the Institut für Finanzdienstleistung of Zug (IFZ).

    He was the laureate of the Landis & Gyr 2012 Award in recognition of his personal commitment to the implementation of corporate governance best practice and the principles of sustainable development in investment activities. In 2013, Dominique Biedermann received from the University of Fribourg an honorary degree for his contribution to the adoption of good governance by Swiss companies and his commitment to socially responsible investment. In 2015, he was nominated Alumnus of the Year of the University of Geneva.

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    Chairman
    Member of the Committee

    Dominique Biedermann (1958) is chairman of the board of directors of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services since 2015. Until his appointment as chairman, he was the CEO of Ethos Foundation from 1998 and of Ethos Services since its inception in 2000.

    Dominique Biedermann received his PhD in economics from the University of Geneva in 1989. In 1991, he joined the Pension Fund of the Teachers and the Civil Servants of the Administration of the Canton of Geneva (CIA) as deputy director, and from 1994 to 1998 as executive director. In this capacity, he participated in the creation of the Ethos Foundation in 1997.

    Dominique Biedermann has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives since 2012. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Expert Corporate Governance Service (ECGS), as well as chairman of the committee of Ethics and Deontology of the University of Fribourg. He is regularly invited to give lectures on corporate governance and socially responsible investment, in particular at the University of Geneva and at the Institut für Finanzdienstleistung of Zug (IFZ).

    He was the laureate of the Landis & Gyr 2012 Award in recognition of his personal commitment to the implementation of corporate governance best practice and the principles of sustainable development in investment activities. In 2013, Dominique Biedermann received from the University of Fribourg an honorary degree for his contribution to the adoption of good governance by Swiss companies and his commitment to socially responsible investment. In 2015, he was nominated Alumnus of the Year of the University of Geneva.

Hanspeter Uster
Member since
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    Vice-Chairman (since 2017)
    Member of the Committee

    Hanspeter Uster (1958) has been an independent member of Ethos’ foundation board since 2009 and vice-chairman since 8 June 2017. Since 2012, he has also been vice-chairman of the board of trustees of the association Ethos Académie as representative of the Ethos Foundation.

    Hanspeter Uster was councilor of the Canton of Zug and head of the Department of Security from 1991 to 2006. From 1985 to 1990, Hanspeter Uster worked as an independent attorney-at-law and notary in the Canton of Zug.

    Hanspeter Uster has been in charge of the Centre of Competence for Forensics and Economical Crime at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts from 2007 to 2013. Since 2007, he has been chairman of the foundation board of the Swiss Police Institute. He has also been a member of the supervisory authority of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (Aufsichtsbehörde über die Bundesanwaltschaft) since January 2013. Moreover, he is leading various projects in the field of justice and security. In 2015, Hanspeter Uster received from the University of Bern an honorary degree for his commitment to equality of law and the rule of law as well as for his contribution to quality assurance of justicial bodies and the police. Hanspeter Uster was also Chairman of the Society for Ethical Matters (GEF) from 2000 to 2016.

Stephan Bannwart
Member since
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    Stephan Bannwart (1965) is an independent member of Ethos’ foundation board since 8.6.2017 as representative of the Stiftung Abendrot.

    Stephan Bannwart holds a Federal Diploma as an expert in operational pension schemes. He is also a Swiss certified Expert for Accounting and Controlling from the Lucerne School of Business (HWV). Stephan Bannwart is a member of Stiftung Abendrot’s management (as part of a mandate from Pico Vorsorge AG) since January 2017 and is responsible for “Finance and Investments” at Stiftung Abendrot since 2015. He is member of Pico Vorsorge’s management since 2010 and a member of the institution’s board of directors since 2017. Prior to that, he held different positions, mainly amongst audit firms. Since 2008, Stephan Bannwart is a member of Raiffeisen Bank Laufental-Thierstein’s board.

Françoise Bruderer Thom
Member since
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    Françoise Bruderer Thom (1962) was appointed to Ethos’ foundation board in 2011 as representative of the pension funds of Swiss Post. She is also member of the board of trustees of the association Ethos Académie as representative of the Ethos Foundation.

    Françoise Bruderer Thom holds a master’s degree in economics of the University of Lausanne and a master’s degree in law of the University of Bern. Françoise Bruderer Thom has been managing director of the pension funds of Swiss Post since 2007 and was additionally managing director for seven month of Swisscom’s pension scheme “comPlan” in 2009. From 2001 to 2003 Françoise Bruderer Thom was deputy managing director and thereafter until 2007 managing director of the teacher’s pension fund of the Canton of Bern. Prior to that, Françoise Bruderer Thom headed the chancellery of the federal insurance court in Lucerne and was legal officer at the ombudsman for health insurance.

    Françoise Bruderer Thom is member of the boards of trustees of the investment foundations investing in real estate Pensimo, Testina and Turidomus as well as member of the board of trustees of UBS Investment foundation 3 (infrastructure).

Aldo Ferrari
Member since
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    Appointed by the founding pension funds

    Aldo Ferrari (1962) was appointed to Ethos’ foundation board in 2016 as representative of the Geneva Industry and Construction Sectors’ Pension Fund (CPPIC), one of the two founding pension funds of Ethos.

    Aldo Ferrari is a Swiss certified social insurance specialist. He is a member of the executive board of the Unia trade union since 2011 and its vice president since 2012. From 2005 to 2010, he was regional head of the canton of Vaud at Unia. Prior to that, Aldo Ferrari was trade union secretary and regional head of the canton of Vaud at the Industry & Construction trade union from 1996 to 2004.

    Aldo Ferrari has been a member of the Swiss federal supervisory commission of pension funds (“Oberaufsichtskommission Berufliche Vorsorge”) since 2012. He is chairman of the foundation board of the CIEPP pension fund (Caisse Inter-Entreprises de Prévoyance professionnelle), of the foundation board of Unia’s pension fund as well as of the Proparis foundation. Furthermore, Aldo Ferrari is vice-president of the RESOR foundation as well as a member of the foundation boards of the swissstaffing foundation, the pension fund of the Swiss National Unions' Association and the FAR foundation.

Jean-Louis Rimaz
Member since
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    Appointed by the founding pension funds

    Jean-Louis Rimaz (1950) has been a member of Ethos’ foundation board since 2014 as the representative of one of the two founding pension funds, the Pension Fund of the Canton of Geneva (Caisse de pension du canton de Genève CPEG, formerly CIA). He also represents the CPEG in the Ethos Engagement Pool.

    Jean-Louis Rimaz, who holds a master’s degree in biology, was a secondary school teacher in Geneva until 2013 and an instructor of didactics of biology at the Institut de formation des maîtres de l’enseignement secondaire (IFMES). He was a staff representative member of the CIA Board from September 2006 until December 2013. Since 2006, he served as the Board’s president/vice-president. He represented the CIA as a member of the Boards of Logement Social Romand (LSR SA) and of Fongit Seed Invest (FSI SA). He also was the CIA’s contact person for relations with the Principles of Responsible Investment of the United Nations (UNPRI).