Handbook on Sustainable Investments

Handbuch nachhaltige Anlagen, Guide de l’investissement durable

28 November 2016: (Download the report: DE, FR) Institutional investors in Switzerland are showing a growing interest in sustainable investments. This goes hand in hand with a growing need for information, both among pension funds and foundations, as well as among experts from insurance companies and other institutional investors. Swiss Sustainable Finance has therefore prepared a handbook on sustainable investments for Swiss institutional asset owners. This newly published handbook (available in German and French) is the result of a close collaboration with over 30 expert authors and contributors. With the target audience being pension funds, foundations, insurance companies, family offices and other institutional asset owners, the publication contains a comprehensive overview of the various available sustainable investment strategies. In addition, it contains concrete tips helpful in implementing a sustainable investment policy. It will serve to deepen the discussions with asset owners about different forms of sustainable investment strategies as well as their risks and opportunities.

The handbook contains relevant information for institutional asset owners and consists of 21 chapters, 8 case studies, a glossary, and over 30 visuals.

This publication is supported by the three asset owner associations ASIPSwiss Insurance Association and SwissFoundations.

December 2017: One year after the publication of our handbook in German and French, SSF is happy to announce that together with the CFA Institute Research Foundation, we have updated and translated this publication into English. (Download the Handbook in English)

This updated version contains an expanded chapter on impact investments, a new chapter on integrating sustainability into commodity investing and other updates of some data, charts and figures.

Publication structure:

The publication is broken up into 4 distinct sections:

  • Part I - broad overview of the sustainable investment market and trends
  • Part II - description of sustainable investment approaches and specific asset classes
  • Part III - trending special themes
  • Part IV - definition of steps for implementation

In addition, the inclusion of eight Swiss case studies further aides readers in understanding important aspects and considerations of the industry.


Printed copies can be ordered for CHF 25 (excl. VAT) through the SSF Office

Please include the number of German and/or French copies you wish to order, your billing address and the delivery address.

Download the report: DE, FR


Graphs from the report (German)

Graphs from the report (French)

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