1. Thorough hand-washing

Swiss voters rejected a proposal that would have made businesses liable for human rights or environmental violations they cause around the world. Though 50.7% backed the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI), it failed to win support in a majority of cantons as required. The government and many business leaders opposed the plan. A proposal to ban public financing of arms manufacturers was also rejected. If passed, the RBI would have had a major impact on Swiss businesses such as Nestlé, Syngenta, Glencore and Novartis that source products all over the world. A third of all commodities consumed worldwide are traded by Swiss-based companies...

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