Welcome to SARA

Swiss Association of Relocation Agents

In October 2003, Swiss relocation professionals form own body signaling growing importance of relocation industry in Europe.

Our mission is to spread knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding corporate mobility and to enhance industry performance standards by communication and education.

What are relocation services?

Relocation is both about people and their unique situations and about business expansion. Business needs are such today that it is imperative for a relocated employee to return to maximum productivity as soon as possible. If employees’ needs are not adequately met, at the end of the day, organizations fall short of optimising their ROI.

HR Consulting
Site selection/Pre-departure planning
Visa & Immigration
Home Finding
Short Term Accomodation
Tenancy Management 
Property Management
Pre-Move Orientation
Settling-in Services
School search and education counseling
Household Goods Move Management
Ongoing Destination Support
Concierge Services
Furniture rental
Language and Cross-Cultural Training
Career Partner Assistance
Expatriate Expense Management
Repatriation Assistance
Financial Services

Our Mission

    • Be the Swiss regional representative of EuRA (the European Relocation Association)
    • Create a legal framework within which the Swiss Relocation Industry can grow and develop. 
    • Establish long term relationship with governmental authorities
    • Promote the highest level of professionalism and quality services
    • Encourage its members to undertake professional training
    • Serve as a link between professional associations, partners and clients
    • Track industry trends and  disseminate information collated to its members

Our Activities

  • Provision of support and legal advices for relocation professionals
  • Provision of face to face training and webinars for members and HR Managers involved with relocation agencies
  • Get together with the authorities, chamber of commerce, business partners and other associations
  • Publication of industry relevant information both internally and externally
  • Representation of the relocation industry with the media
  • Contacts with similar associations in surrounding countries
  • Negotiation of special discounts relevant to our members and their clients (books, insurance, banking, etc.)

Our Partner Associations

Members’ qualifications

SARA membership qualification is stringent and provides a guarantee of the quality and professionalism of its members. This in turn, is an element of added value both for companies already based in Switzerland or for those companies who may be calling upon our members’ services as they plan to relocate a business entity in our country. Key players of the Relocation Services domain in Switzerland have all joined this initiative. All members are required to abide by the Association’s Code of Conduct. Corporate Membership is also open to HR specialists of Swiss-based Corporations who deal with international mobility issues.

SARA is a member of The European Relocation Association (EuRA) which runs European certifications for European professionals under the auspices of its European Academy of Relocation Professionals, (EARP) as well as the EuRA Quality Seal, the world’s first accreditation program for relocation providers. 

Our Members & Membership’s Benefits
FULL Members Application Form 

AFFILIATE Members Application Form
ASSOCIATE Members Application Form 

Our Executive Board

The Executive Committee conducts daily affairs and is competent to take all decisions and resolutions which do not fall under the jurisdiction of other governing bodies. Day to day activities are coordinated by SARA’s Executive Officer.

Members of the Executive Committee are elected by the General Assembly to the absolute majority of votes represented.
The Committee is composed of:

President:  Sjoerd BroersAuris Relocation 
Treasurer: Guillaume BedatWelcome Service
Member: Isabelle HarschHenri Harsch HH
Member:  Brigitte Napoly – Lodge Services Relocation
Member: Francis DochertyEllen Baur 

In order to assist the Executive Committee and the members, SARA nominated an Executive Officer in 2016:

Executive Officer: Sabine E. BaerlocherActive Synapses

Recent Posts

GDPR – Learning & networking apero – Geneva – July 9th 2018

GDPR? Which impact for Relocation Companies in Switzerland! Great presentation by Mr. Claude Lachat, DPO – Data Protection Officer- at Ofac Group, a real expert in GDPR and it's application to Swiss companies. Mr. Lachat helped us understanding what relocation...

AGM 2018 – June 20th in Lausanne

30 participants to our AGM this year. Nice presentations from our new members and everything proposed by the board approved. Thank you again to our sponsors: Crédit Suisse for the incredible venue: CoLab Crédit Suisse @EPFL (within Rolex Learning Center). Swisscom for...

Get together Apero – Basel – March 20, 2018

Nice gathering for our Apero in Basel on March 20th 2018 with over 20 participants, "old", "new" and potential members.  Friendly and accomodating venue at VITO Basel.  

Zurich Event – November 15th 2017

Great success for this interactive session about Everything you always wanted to know about the EuRA Global Quality Seal but never dared to ask! It's been a perfect networking and learning opportunity. With an interesting participative presentation by our President...

LUNCH & LEARN – September 19th 2017

Everything you always wanted to know about the EuRA Global Quality Seal but never dared to ask! Sponsored by Credit Suisse Geneva Very interesting event with a mix of learning and networking. Our EGQS and/or ISO certified members have been answering all the questions...


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