What we stand for / Global Balance


Our current economic system is based on the fact that we can generate as much value as possible for as little effort as possible; and usually isolates the negative consequences for people and nature as “externalities”. We are committed to a circular economy based on longevity, renewability and dematerialization and with which we assume global responsibility for our actions.

  • Strengthen the ‘Right to Repair’
    Standards and norms for devices should be adapted so that manufacturers must offer a high level of repairability of their products and offer spare parts. For example, washing machines, printers, cars, but also smartphones and other devices should become more durable again.

  • Create tax incentives for sustainable products
    Companies that develop and offer goods and services with longer usability and a useful lifespan should benefit from simple and uniform tax incentives.

  • Introduce eco-labels
    Products with a high circular economy should be certified and labeled with a dedicated eco-label in order to make it easier for consumers to search for and select sustainable products in the store.

  • Support sharing projects
    The state should promote and support sharing projects for the common use of goods at all levels. For example, repair cafés, cargo vehicle rentals or car sharing models should be supported.

  • Reduce waste
    The amount of waste should be analyzed and pragmatically reduced in all areas of life. The focus is on more efficient waste systems, a reduction in packaging and research into the reuse of materials.

  • Ban food waste from retailers
    Food waste should be banned from retailers like Migros or Coop. Analogous to France or Portugal Any edible food should be donated to charities such as Caritas or the Schweizer Tafel.

  • Ban single-use plastic goods
    Single-use plastic goods such as cutlery, plates or cups should be banned and replaced with more sustainable alternatives.

  • Increase taxes on plastic goods
    Plastic goods and packaging should be taxed higher in order to encourage manufacturers to use sustainable packaging.

The 5+1 challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in every European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 challenges?

The 5 challenges are essentially the same for each country, but their implementation can be adapted at the national level to take into account local circumstances.

Challenge No. +1 - our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU - is identical in all our national programs. Here in Switzerland, our relations with the EU are the focus.

Take a look at our Europe-wide programme!
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy is the engine for the progress of society.

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No one should be left behind - regardless of gender, income, religion or origin.

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe must live up to its responsibility in the world to secure our common future.

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    European citizens must be able to make informed political decisions, independently influence politics beyond elections and exercise their democratic rights.

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.