Fondation Groupe Mutuel

Activity Report 2023

Editorial

“The world continues to change, and yet there is no shortage of challenges”

The world continues to change. And yet, there is no shortage of challenges, whether financial, political, social, cultural or environmental.

Fortunately, the fears of recession expressed by many economists at the end of 2022 will not have materialized. The job market has remained resilient in Europe and the United States. The fight against inflation initiated by central banks was successful. In Switzerland, economic growth was sluggish, but the unemployment rate remained at an all-time low. On financial markets, the 2023 performance was positive, driven in particular by technology stocks and solid earnings.

Yet, there is no shortage of challenges. The overall geopolitical situation remains tense, with significant direct and indirect effects.

Against this mixed global backdrop, many people in Switzerland today are in need of help, support and a sympathetic ear. We are deeply aware of this, and it is our social responsibility to do everything we can not to abandon these people, to come to their aid and to help them as best we can.

It was in this spirit of responsibility and solidarity that Fondation Groupe Mutuel was created back in 2018. In addition to being owned by Groupe Mutuel Holding SA, the Foundation aims to make a tangible commitment in the fields of health and prevention. In 2023, Fondation Groupe Mutuel provided financial support to a large number of projects and associations, as well as to people in need. It also continued its investigations and research to identify ways of improving the health system.

In particular, Fondation Groupe Mutuel supported Resiliam (an association that supports children and young people aged 0 to 24 faced with serious illness, disability or the death of a loved one) and NBCI Suisse (which works to combat discrimination and violence), through the “Groupe Mutuel Bouge” challenge. 575 employees in 45 teams took part in the challenge, which was launched within the company as part of the “suisse.bouge inter-communal duel”, of which Groupe Mutuel is a sponsor. Thanks to everyone's efforts, CHF 10,000 was donated in equal parts to Resiliam and NBCI Suisse.

In 2023, Fondation Groupe Mutuel was involved once again in the RTS charity event Cœur à Cœur. The goal, which was largely achieved, was to mobilise people in French-speaking Switzerland in support of education and training for children and young people in difficulty. Cœur à Cœur ended on a high note, raising CHF 4,329,701 for La Chaîne du Bonheur. Groupe Mutuel donated CHF 25,000.

Once again, Fondation Groupe Mutuel was able to help individuals who had sent their application to us to request one-off financial medical support. Unexpected costs, due to a serious illness or accident, can rapidly jeopardise a household’s financial situation. Similarly, innovative treatments that are not yet recognised in Switzerland may prove difficult to finance for some people.

Financial support for studies and research relating to the health system focused on two priority areas in 2023: over-medicalisation and excessive interventions. The aim, now and in the future, is to place the patient at the centre of the ecosystem – with the following question in mind: what added value can we bring to the overall process of care and recovery?

In the annual report, you will find a summary of our activities and support provided in 2023. Forty-one associations in German-speaking, French-speaking and Italian-speaking Switzerland will have received support from Fondation Groupe Mutuel over the past year. These associations and foundations offer hope, as well as projects that are sustainable, ambitious and tangible in terms of health, care, support, rehabilitation and prevention.

I am delighted to see that Fondation Groupe Mutuel is actively helping those who are suffering and in need. This is the very meaning of its action, ambition and mission.

On behalf of the Foundation Board,

Karin Perraudin,
President

Commitments

Created in 2018, Fondation Groupe Mutuel carries out its activities on a non-profit basis. It supports the well-being of Swiss people, as well as health promotion and prevention measures. In 2023, the Foundation continued to implement commitments that are fully in line with its objectives.  

Support for associations and research  
An incentive fund was set up for institutions, associations and individuals working to improve health in Switzerland. The fund provides financial support for projects that are deemed particularly useful in the areas of prevention and health promotion, as well as research and education.  

Support for individuals  
Unexpected costs, due to a serious illness or accident, can rapidly jeopardise a household’s financial situation. Similarly, innovative treatments that are not yet recognised in Switzerland may prove difficult to finance for some people. Aware of these challenges, Fondation Groupe Mutuel also makes available a fund to provide exceptional and one-off assistance to a number of insured persons whose applications have been shortlisted after detailed review by specialists.  

41 associations supported in 2023 
Forty-one associations from all over the country, in both German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland, received support from Fondation Groupe Mutuel in 2023. These associations and foundations have concrete, ambitious and sustainable health projects in a wide range of fields. 

“Groupe Mutuel Bouge” challenge  
In 2023, Fondation Groupe Mutuel also supported the associations Resiliam and NBCI Suisse through the “Groupe Mutuel Bouge” challenge. 575 employees in 45 teams took part in the challenge, which was launched within the company as part of the “suisse.bouge inter-communal duel”, of which Groupe Mutuel is a sponsor. During an entire month, these employees got into the habit of exercising more to accumulate precious minutes for the benefit of these two associations. Thanks to everyone's efforts, CHF 10,000 will have been donated in equal parts to Resiliam and NBCI Suisse. 

Laureus, three years of a national partnership 
In 2021, Groupe Mutuel launched a three-year national partnership with Fondation Laureus Suisse, which ended at the end of 2023. The aim of the partnership was to offer children and young people the possibility of having a positive and independent life through sport.  

“Cœur à Cœur”
New year, new concept! For its eighth edition, and for the first time ever, Swiss television channel RTS converted its entire number 51 bus into a mobile studio that travelled the roads of French-speaking Switzerland from 16 to 22 December 2023, stopping each day at a Christmas market. Challenges were organised every day to mobilise the people of this part of the country in support of education and training for children and young people in difficulty. Three of RTS's star presenters – Tania Chytil, Philippe Martin and Jonas Schneiter – and 125 guests went out to meet the public, travelling through a canton in French-speaking Switzerland each day. The programme was broadcast on RTS La Première, Couleur 3 and Option Musique and broadcast live every evening of the week on RTS 1 from 6.25pm to 6.50pm.  

And, for the first time, the Cœur à Cœur operation was joined by a national solidarity movement on the SSR channels. 

Cœur à Cœur ended on a high note, raising CHF 4,329,701 for La Chaîne du Bonheur. In addition to its partnership with Coeur à Coeur, Groupe Mutuel donated CHF 25,000 to these projects. 

Studies and projects in health economics, support for research 
There is no shortage of challenges facing the Swiss healthcare system. From inappropriate financial incentives and over-regulation to costs and quality of care, there are many areas of work to be tackled.

In this demanding and constantly changing context, Groupe Mutuel intends to contribute to strengthening a liberal healthcare system that is financially sustainable, focused on value and on the patient, and which provides guarantees for the quality of care. With this in mind, Groupe Mutuel promotes and supports research in health economics.  

On the one hand, this involves analysing the problems and major challenges facing the healthcare system and considering how to respond to them; on the other, it involves contributing to debates on improving the system and putting forward practical applications for Groupe Mutuel. 

Support for research focuses on two priority areas: over-medicalisation and excessive interventions. 

These two themes can be broken down into two areas: the quality of medical indications and the optimisation of care provision.

In 2023, three research projects received financial support from Fondation Groupe Mutuel: the “Pay for Patient Value” project, the “Price sensitivity and demand for healthcare services” study, and finally the “Artificial intelligence in the medical database” project, which was launched in 2022 by Fondation FORE for shoulder surgery. 

Governance

Foundation Board

President
Mrs Karin Perraudin

Vice-President
Mr Georges Zünd

Secretary
Mr Daniel Bitschnau

Members

  • Mr Claude Bähler
  • Mr Marc André Ballestraz
  • Mrs Anne-Laure Couchepin
  • Mr Mathieu Dorsaz
  • Mr Fabio Naselli Feo
  • Mr Laurent Nicod
  • Mr Christian Spillmann
  • Mr Willem Wynaendts

Key figures

2023

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Creation of Fondation Groupe Mutuel

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Number of different donations made through Fondation Groupe Mutuel since its creation

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Number of associations supported in 2023, both in German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland 

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In addition to its partnership with Cœur à Cœur, Groupe Mutuel donated CHF 25,000 to these projects. 

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Through the “Groupe Mutuel Bouge” challenge, CHF 10,000 will have been donated in equal parts to Resiliam and NBCI Suisse. 

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Three major national university research projects on over-medicalisation and excessive interventions were financially supported in 2023. 

0,7%

Degree of coverage as of 05/31/2024

0,82%

Investment performance as of 05/31/2024

Groupe Mutuel Rapport 2022

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