Individualisation, digitisation, multiculturalism and the pluralisation of lifestyles and social groups seriously undermine the solidarity and cohesion of society. In Switzerland, the heterogeneous, multicultural and mobile society is – in addition – not united by a single language, a common secular history and culture or a common religious credo. That is why targeted measures are needed to promote social cohesion in Switzerland.
Since its foundation in 1810, the Swiss Society for the Common Good (SSCG) has been committed to the cohesion of a caring society in Switzerland. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the SSCG contributed to the development of public education, health and social services and the creation of state-run civil society organizations. At the beginning of the 21st century, the SSCG coordinated the initiative to create a national solidarity foundation. The SSCG serves social cohesion, community spirit and public utility in several ways:
- The SSCG promotes social cohesion through[nbsp]events on the Rütli meadow.
- The SSCG supports individuals and families affected by poverty.
- The SSCG encourages civil and[nbsp]voluntary involvement in Switzerland.
- The Job Caddie program targets young people in difficulty during and after vocational training.
- The SeitenWechsel program promotes corporate citizenship and social responsibility in companies.
- The Intergeneration program offers online information, exchanges and networks in the field of generational relations.
- The SSCG promotes Switzerland’s core values with a new text[nbsp]of the national anthem.