The Federal Council approved the principles of Switzerland's commitment to the IMF in 1999 and confirmed an updated version in 2017. The principles are intended to ensure that Switzerland pursues a clear policy over time in the IMF. They serve as a basis for formulating Switzerland's stance on the IMF's Executive Board's day-to-day business and for determining the general work priorities. The principles from 1999 have proved their worth; even in view of the sometimes substantial changes in the global financial and economic system and Switzerland's consequently changing role.
- Switzerland supports the IMF in promoting a stable, open and proper functioning international financial and monetary system.
- Switzerland requests that the IMF concentrates on its mandate and cooperates with other international organisations. As such, it must play a key role in the international financial architecture. Switzerland strives to ensure it is suitably represented in line with its standing in the international financial and monetary system.
- Switzerland calls for the IMF's lending activities to be limited and conditional.
- Switzerland favours adequate funding of the IMF and supports safeguarding its financial stability.
- Switzerland represents the concerns of its constituency in the IMF and maintains close relationships with the countries of its constituency.
- Switzerland recognises the particular needs of the IMF's poorest members.
- Switzerland calls for a targeted structure of the IMF's technical assistance
- Switzerland supports the IMF in promoting good governance of its members. The IMF itself should also act according to the principles of good governance.
- Switzerland places great emphasis on the social and environmental compatibility of economic growth.