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Election Results of the AVR General Assembly 2023

Today the 73rd Annual General Assembly of the AVR took place.

Severin Schwan in conversation with the AVR

After 2 years of virtual meetings, the traditional discussion was able to take place on site again this year. Due to the pending change at the head of Roche, Mr. Severin Schwan was accompanied by his successor Mr. Thomas Schinecker.

Speaking up is the right thing to do

What do I have to consider in my daily interactions with colleagues, customers, suppliers, or patients? How should I behave when I have some non-compliance concerns? Where can I address a potential violation of the Roche Group Code of Conduct such as fraud, harassment, discrimination, or a conflict of interest?

Anniversary dinner 2022

After a 3-year break due to COVID, an anniversary celebration finally took place on 13 January 2023.

It's coming round again ;-) Call for Bike to Work Challenge 2023 - for health and team spirit

Taking exercise is an important part of staying healthy. So cycling to work is a sort of daily fitness programme – it's healthy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly.

Roland Fumagalli, the new pensioners' representative, in interview

Born in Basel in 1957, Roland Fumagalli lives with his wife in Basel. Their two children have moved out and are independent. The couple have two grandchildren in the Bernese Oberland.

Nicole Zimmermann Rihs, a new AVR site representative for Kaiseraugst, introduces herself

I trained as a commercial employee in a hotel in Basel and have worked in various areas of the commercial sector, including in Spain, where I lived for a few years.

Jenny Worgull, another new AVR site representative for Basel

Jenny Worgull, born in 1983, grew up near Freiburg and lives with her husband and two cats in Wehr. Living in a house they renovated themselves, she enjoys having her own garden and the proximity to the Black Forest.

Interview with Mimoza Lumani, AVR site representative for Basel

I originally trained as a pharmaceuticals assistant and then studied biotechnology. In 2015, I joined Roche as a training manager. Afterwards, I worked at another part of Roche, the former Basel Biotech, in cleaning validation and then as a business process manager.

Strongly connected with Roche beyond retirement

Roche retiree excursions 2022 - a complete success. Around 800 retirees visited on four days in September 2022 two Roche sites in the canton of Zug.

Your culinary experience

Expand your culinary horizons with Tavero and learn how to conjure a healthy, nutritious meal from fresh ingredients!

Lunch with the CEO

Severin Schwan personally invites four newly qualified apprentices to lunch to celebrate their outstanding performance in the final apprenticeship examination! This was an expression of his high praise for the quality of training and for the apprenticeship program at Roche. Congratulations Sabrina, Julia, Dario & Nico - representing all 116 apprentices of 2022 from Rotkreuz & Basel/Kaiseraugst!

Why is a third pension pillar so important?

Helvetia offers clarity and personal advice The pension system in Switzerland is one of the country’s outstanding features. It consists of three pillars. The first pillar – comprising old age and invalidity insurance – provides basic financial cover for all people living in Switzerland in the event of old age and incapacity to earn. However, this pension alone would never be enough to cover one’s cost of living.

Great New AVR Discounts Thanks to New Collaboration

Just in time for the pre-Christmas period, there are great new offers from the AVR discount system. There is a new cooperation with the company Swibeco, which brings many advantages for the members of the AVR.

Election results for the site representative elections 2022

The AVR members have elected the new board members. The interest in standing for election as a site representative at the AVR was enormous and so the team is now at full capacity again and equipped with a highly motivated board for the next term of office.

AVR and career – are they compatible?

The next committee elections are due in November 2022 and some of you may have already asked yourself whether it might be something for you. If only it weren’t for this niggling question: if I join the AVR Committee, won't it harm my career?

A patient can be a Roche employee and any Roche employee can be a patient

Did you know that ~18%(1) of the Swiss population are affected by mental health issues? Or that in Switzerland we have 43’500(2) new cancer cases per year? And did you know that through CareRing you can connect with over 1000 Roche colleagues worldwide who are living or caring for someone with mental health issues, cancer or other conditions?

Bike to Work Challenge 2022

As you will have certainly seen from the media, the Bike to Work Challenge 2022 beat all previous editions.

The foundation for a promising career

After our 2022 graduate apprentices received their diplomas at the graduation ceremony on 1 July and have now started out on their career paths, Roche was able to welcome a fresh crop of 88 young talents on 8 August.

New Helvetia preferential conditions - Insurance & Pension Check

We are pleased to inform you that we can offer new attractive preferential conditions also for cross-border commuters from Germany. Let us advise you with an insurance check-up.

All aboard with the AVR

The traditional but much-postponed AVR Party, which was scheduled for 2020 to mark the AVR's 70th anniversary, has now finally been held. The motto for the party was "Schiff ahoi"

How to contact P&C?

Various topics were covered at this year's AVR offsite meeting in May, and one of the takeaways was that Roche employees want to know more about how they can contact P&C.

Catering options in Building 2

From a delicious coffee in the morning to a drink after work − and everything in between. Tavero has come up with some great ideas to keep hunger at bay throughout the day in Building 2.


This new Augmented Reality (AR) Tour is a journey between the digital and the real world that makes art visible in new and innovative ways.

Robert Gray "AVR-President" and Justine Frank "AVR-Vice-President" introduce themselves!

As already informed, the President and the Vice-President were newly elected at the (virtual) General Assembly held in March.

Long-Service Dinner

Every year, the AVR traditionally holds a long-service dinner for AVR members celebrating their 25th or 40th service anniversary at the company in the previous year. Unfortunately, the past two years were anything but normal. We would have been delighted to hold the popular event. A great deal of effort went into planning and organisation – each time, to no purpose.

Roche Career Center

The RCC is a tangible example of co-creation in action. Colleagues from different P&C areas as well as employees from Business and AVR/AKR worked together to create a place where employees can explore and shape their work and life journey and take responsibility for their career.

Children's Walk

Children's Walk 2022 - Celebrating Life

Results elections of the AVR General Assembly 2022

Dear Colleagues As you already know, the 72nd Annual General Assembly of the AVR took place virtually today without the participation of the members.

The transformation of Building 10: from a workshop environment to the ABW office environment

After the workshop vacated the premises in April 2021, Building 10 started undergoing a transformation. Only three functions continued operating there while the work was in progress: warehouse logistics on the ground floor, the fire brigade on the ground floor and first floor, and Medical Services on the fourth floor. Thank you to everyone for putting up with all the inconvenience the building work caused.

Cross-border commuter information – Germany

As every year, the calculation of the Pension Fund's super-mandatory cover is approaching for German cross-border commuters; this has been liable to German taxation since 2016.

Exercise, team spirit and fun – that's bike to work!

Dear friends of Bike to Work In many areas of life, getting plenty of exercise is becoming increasingly important. Biking to work is a built-in daily fitness programme – it's healthy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly. This is why F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd is taking part in the Bike to Work Challenge this year once again. We invite you to cycle to work in May and June and get involved in the Bike to Work Challenge 2022.

Review – One year of the Addiction Squad

Under the slogan “Raising awareness, Breaking down taboos and Providing information”, the team – which was founded in early 2021 – put a renewed focus on prevention. The subject of addiction and the associated rise in debilitating stress became increasingly relevant with the start of the pandemic. In May 2021, the Squad launched an information event [DE/EN] on alcohol, consumption of which had demonstrably increased since the introduction of working from home and COVID-19.

Old age pensions from 1st and 2nd pillar are often overestimated

The pensions from the AHV (OASI/DI) and pension fund usually do not allow you to finance your current standard of living in old age - Helvetia offers you advice on various pension topics such as savings, cover in the event of disability and survivor pension. With the Helvetia pension check you see if your pension provision is keeping pace with your life. Our experts will be happy to help you. Including a competition.

Congratulations on the 40th company anniversary

We are very lucky to have you as a colleague! Thank you for the collegial and humorous cooperation.

Introducing Luca Michel, the AVR's first site representative for apprentices

Luca Michel, 22, lives in Schönenbuch, where he attended primary school before going on to secondary school in Allschwil. Following his compulsory schooling, he completed an FMS ('Fachmittelschule') course and went on to train as a radiology specialist for two semesters.

From Talent Innovation to Learning & Career Basel/Kaiseraugst

The ongoing transformation underway throughout Roche is also affecting us, the internal training and development team at Basel/Kaiseraugst.

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