White-collar crime causes significant losses at Swiss enterprises which amount to an average of around CHF 360,000 per case. While theft and embezzlement cause the greatest costs at Swiss SMEs, large corporations are hit heaviest by the theft and misuse of data, as revealed by an extensive study conducted by KPMG on the subject of white-collar crime in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
Over the past two years, 47% of large corporations and 13% of SMEs in Switzerland have fallen victim to white-collar crime. The losses sustained as a result of white-collar crimes amounted to an average total of around CHF 360,000 per case for the Swiss businesses affected. This insight was revealed by a broad-based, three-country study conducted by KPMG on the subject of white-collar crime in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. A special focus was placed on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A total of around 500 SMEs and 93 large corporations were surveyed.