The Origins of the Guilé Foundation
The tobacco enterprise F.J. Burrus became one of the pioneers of corporate responsibility in Switzerland. It was, for example, the first company in Switzerland to provide corporate pension schemes.
After the family enterprise was sold in 1996, Charles and Nado Burrus decided to make their private home Domaine de Guilé the residence of a foundation that would help private businesses act ethically. They undertook major renovations and transformed the building and surrounding. The site was equipped with the most modern technologies so as to serve as a venue for meetings and seminars. But thanks to the elegant and sober decoration chosen by Nado, the manor conserved its original patina, style, and charm.