SSF representatives are regularly taking part in events organised by third parties to present the objectives and activities of SSF and inform on sustainable finance.
Select an event in the table below and find out more about the events, in which SSF was involved this year.
|26 April||RFI Summit||Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation (RFI) & Swiss Arab Network (SAN)|
|12/13 April||Inaugural meeting of Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S)||FC4S|
|27/28 March||Asset Management Greenhouse Event: Sustainable Investments - Doing good without sacrificing returns?||SFAMA|
|6 March||Inaugural Conference of Northern European Partnership on Sustainable Finance||Northern European Partnership on Sustainable Finance|
|31 January||Sustainable Investments Panel||FINANZ'18|
|31 January||SNBS 2.0 Nachhaltiges Bauen – Markt- und Investmentsicht||SGS|
The Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation (RFI) and Swiss Arab Network (SAN) organised this two-day event to build awareness of shared values that can bring socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Islamic finance together to increase their positive impact. The RFI Summit brought together responsible finance leaders to discuss, share case studies and collaborate to identify actions that will mainstream impact finance across the financial sector to support more equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
As a partner of the event, SSF moderated the opening panel on the “Spectrum of impact finance & Islamic finance”. Kelly Hess (Senior Project Manager, SSF) led the discussion between Eric Usher (Head, UNEP FI), Christian Heyner (President, 1bank4all Founding Association) and Abdulla Al Awar (CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre). The panelist brought in their views about the changing direction of perspectives from purely looking at sustainable finance as a risk reduction effort to now also actively seeking to demonstrate specific impacts.
On April 13, the inaugural meeting of the new UN-related initiative FC4S was held in Milan. Both Geneva and Zurich were represented at the meeting bringing in their respective experience in sustainable finance. The 18 members of the network defined priorities for network activities. They agreed a five-point action plan to build international cooperation among financial centres on climate action and sustainable development:
- Strengthen links among members, including through regional hubs for Europe, Asia and Africa. The European hub has just been launched in partnership with Climate-KIC. These hubs will involve centres in the regions as well as internationally
- Develop a robust benchmarking and assessment tool to enable financial centres to evaluate their progress and inspire further action. This will build on initial work presented in 2017 by I4CE and PWC.
- Develop a joint statement on the importance of effective taxonomies for green and sustainable finance. A common language is key if green and sustainable finance is to develop in a trusted and dynamic fashion across the world.
- Share experience on green digital finance, including through testing the Green Assets Wallet, a new approach to improve efficiency and transparency in the green debt market.
- Gather the experience of financial centres in the development of the green bond market. This resulting briefing paper will be produced together with the Climate Bonds Initiative.
Furthermore, FC4S announced that the secretariat of the initiative will be established in Geneva offering valuable links to the international organisations based there.
Sustainable Investments - Doing good without sacrificing returns?
Zurich, 27 March, Geneva, 28 March
SSF partnered with Swiss Funds & Asset Managment Association (SFAMA) for the Asset Management Greenhouse Event Series, to establish a community of investment professionals sharing common values and supporting the strong reputation of the Swiss financial center. After a welcome note by Lorenz Arnet (Managing Director SFAMA), Sabine Döbeli (CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance) and Jean Laville (Deputy, SSF) were present in Zurich and Geneva respectively to explain the benefits of sustainable finance with regards to risk management and showcased the newest regulatory developments in Switzerland and abroad. This overview was followed by a presentation on sustainable investment funds on the Swiss market by Dr. Manfred Stüttgen (Lecturer, IFZ Zug) and a contribution by Dr. Gerhard Wagner (Head of ESG SOlutions, Swisscanto Inves by ZKB), where he evaluated impact investment in listed companies. To round up the event, Regula Faeh O'Neal (UBS) moderated a panel discussion including all presenters on current trends and challenges in sustainable investments.
SSF participated in the inaugural conference of Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance (NEPSF), hosted by the Smith School of Oxford University, the City of London and the UK Green Finance Initiative in London. This initiative was established as an international collaboration designed to ensure that Northern Europe continues to be the centre of innovation in sustainable finance and investment and drives progress internationally. The Partnership involves organisations and representatives from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as representatives from relevant European institutions. At the event, Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF) presented SSF during a panel on the connection of national and subnational initiatives across Northern Europe. Besides showcasing the different initiatives in each country, the conference also touched upon innovation in investment products and practices, sustainable finance and public policy outcomes, as well as financial regulation and its impact on the environment.
During the first day of FINANZ’18 on 31 January, Kelly Hess (Senior Project Manager, SSF) moderated a panel on Sustainable Investments, where she asked sustainability professionals in asset management for their view with regards to the changes they had perceived in the sustainable investment field and how this had influenced business as usual. The panelists were Sarah Norris (Portfolio Manager Global Equity Impact Fund, Aberdeen Standard Investments), Seema Suchak (Sustainable Investment Analyst, Schroders), Zoë VanderWolk (Senior Associate, Accessible clean Energy Fund, Quaero Capital SA) and Daniel Wild (Head of Sustainability Investing R&D).
SSF, represented by the Board Member Patrick Fankhauser (Head of Sales and Business Development, Inrate) supported the launching event of the official SNBS 2.0 (Standard nachhaltiges Bauen Schweiz), organised by SGS, which aimed to portray the substantive requirements of SNBS 2.0 building construction, the impact sustainability aspects have on property valuation as well as the significance real estate investors attribute to it. Speakers at the event included Elvira Bieri (Managing Director, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA), Hanspeter Konrad (Director of Swiss Pension Fund Association (ASIP)), Pierre Stämpfli (President, «Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors» (RICS) Switzerland), Andreas Meyer Primavesi (CEO, Minergie), Ivan Anton (Director, Wüest Partner AG), David Mastrogiacomo (Director Technology for German part of Switzerland, Losinger Marazzi AG), Roger Baumann (Global COO & Head Sustainability / Co-Head Germany, Credit Suisse Global Real Estate Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) AG), Daniel Wehrli (Project leader East and Member of the Direction at Helvetia Insurances) amongst others.