2021 Swiss Annual Report Rating

The 2021 Swiss Annual Report Rating recognises the best reports. Once again, for the Design rating the print and online annual reports were ranked on both an individual and consolidated basis. This meant that both channels had to count and make an outstanding overall impression to stand any chance of a top place in the Design rating. As last year, Geberit came first in the overall rating, followed by St. Galler Kantonalbank and Clariant.

Once again we’re proud to have contributed to Geberit’s first place overall. We've been working with the company since its IPO in 1999. All in all we were involved in 11 of the top 25 solutions in this year’s Design Online/Print Consolidated rating. This year we contributed to the biggest climber of the year, Interroll. In 2020 we contributed to the second biggest climber, Fundamenta Real Estate, and in 2019 to the biggest, the online bank Swissquote. 

All the results of the Swiss Annual Report Rating can be accessed online. The website, designed and produced by Linkgroup, features rankings of all the annual reports rated in the Value Reporting and Design categories. By way of added value, all the rated reports can be downloaded as a PDF, and there are links to the respective online versions.

Whether we're delivering corporate, financial or marketing communications, we advise and support you with developing content nd making sure it's orchestrated appropriately across all the relevant media. The results are impactful, distinctive and creative communications solutions drawing on the strengths of different channels and media to strengthen your brand. We also provide you with web-based tools and proven publishing systems to make the process effective and efficient.

Our Financial Publishing service package is aimed at listed and non-listed companies that see the value of professional financial and sustainability communications, It is targeted at investors, financial analysts and the media. If we manage your project on an integrated basis you benefit from our capabilities as one-stop shop.

Linkgroup: Platinum Partner to the HarbourClub Symposium 2021


The symposium takes place on 18 November 2021 in the Samsung Hall in Dübendorf under the banner of “transformation in fundamental change”. The speakers will be the futurist Gerd Leonhard, Catrin Hinkel, the Country General Manager of Microsoft Switzerland, Professor Tilo Hühn, and Dr Suzanne Thoma, BKW. In the breakout sessions case studies from BKW, FOPH, Swiss, Amag and Switzerland Tourism will be presented: programme and registration www.harbourclub.ch

“We’ve been working with Linkgroup since our IPO in 1999. They give us active advice at all stages of the process, and the way they implement is structured and efficient. We like their practical approach to communications design and the fact that they avoid art for art’s sake: they work within the framework of our corporate design to develop solutions for our stakeholders that have an impact and a concrete benefit. Another of Linkgroup’s strengths as a one-stop shop that particularly benefits Geberit is their extraordinarily deep vertical integration and process security.”

Christoph Abt
Global Editor Corporate Communications Geberit International AG, Rapperswil-Jona (Canton of St Gallen)

“We have used SmartNotes for our annual report and were thus able to optimise the efficiency and transparency of the reporting process. The high degree of automation, the excellent functionality of the number management and the CD-compliant implementation with the layout robot convinced us. The decisive factor for us was that we could create the reports ready for printing completely in Word and Excel. The correction effort was massively reduced and the media break to a graphic programme such as InDesign was avoided.ˮ

Pauline Mercier Fauchon
Responsible Group Finance, Swissquote Bank SA, Gland VD

“Thanks to our long-standing, tried-and-tested cooperation with Linkgroup, integrating the new concept for a content portal into the existing website was a fast and uncomplicated process. All project-relevant milestones were discussed in close collaboration with us, and Linkgroup ensured rigorous project management. Our idea was understood right from the outset, and the agency responded to our needs and offered professional advice at every stage. Linkgroup helped us to negotiate a further milestone in corporate communications successfully, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

Philipp Hodel
Head of Corporate Communications of Zug Estates AG, Zug

“Communications media for financial and sustainability reporting are particularly demanding. Linkgroup has deep expertise in this field, a proven track record and a great deal of cross-media know-how. Together we’re constantly evolving our communications media. Great examples of this are the special investor relations site embedded in our corporate website and the development of the group’s branding. Ever since our IPO in 2016, collaboration with Linkgroup has been perfect in all respects, especially during hectic phases where changes have had to be made at short notice. One-stop services from concept and creation to cross-media production, plus the PublishingSuite Finance® platform, have also helped make things very efficient.”

Michel Gerber
Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications of VAT Group AG, Haag (Canton of St Gallen)