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.
|2 February||Swiss Global Compact Dialogue 2017 on Responsible Business: Let's Make Global Goals Local Business||Global Compact Network Switzerland|
|1 February||Professional Investors' Conference Finanz'17 with Roundtable on SRI/ESG/Impact Investing||Finanz'17|
|24 January||Seif Impact Investing Congress 2017, Panel Discussion on "What is next for the Swiss Impact Investing Field?"||Seif|
Swiss Global Compact Dialogue 2017 on Responsible Business: Let's Make Global Goals Local Business
Bern, 2 February 2017
The Global Compact Network Switzerland hosted a dialogue on responsible and sustainable business to learn from small and large companies, business schools, NGOs and media, and to provide a better understanding and improvement of responsible long-term business practices. Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF) held a speech on the role of investors in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and joined the panel, which discussed what the impact of this phenomenon for Switzerland will be and why Swiss companies should engage into CSR and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For further information see the official brochure.
Professional Investors' Conference Finanz'17 with Roundtable on SRI/ESG/Impact Investing
Zurich, 1 February 2017
The Professional Investors' Conference was a side event to the Finanz'17 and had finance professionals as its target audience. In the roundtable on SRI/ESG/Impact Investing, moderated by Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF), the representatives of five mainstream asset managers gave insights into their approaches and debated current developments in this booming field. Matt Christensen (Global Head Responsible Investment, AXA Investment Managers), Ben Constable-Maxwell (Corporate Finance & Stewardship, M&G Equities), Andrew Howard (Head of Sustainable Research, Schroders), René Nicolodi (Head of Equities & Themes, Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank) and Isabelle Rucart (Leader Impact Investing, iShares) agreed that the shift to mainstream sustainable investing has taken place. Nowadays, ESG far exceeds traditional equity investments and is applied across all asset classes. To be successful with ESG integration, a change in corporate culture is indispensable. Moreover, communicating fund performance to clients would be key.
For further information see the program.
Seif Impact Investing Congress 2017
Zurich, 24 January 2017
The seif Impact Investing Congress 2017 aimed to act as a platform for the exchange of know-how and best practices in impact investing and to foster collaboration between the different actors on stage. Attendees were invited to discuss the current situation and the future of impact investing, and to expand their networks with peers and experts. The goal was to strengthen the ecosystem for its future sustainable development throughout Europe and Switzerland in particular. In general, the Social Entrepreneurship Impact & Finance (seif) supports individuals or teams seeking to apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems, otherwise known as “social enterprises”. To build up the capacity of the social enterprises, seif also acts as a bridge between stakeholders by connecting actors from the financial sector, corporate world, universities, foundations and others.
After a welcome by Markus Assfalg (Director Division of Business and Economic Development, Canton Zurich) and Introduction by Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob (CEO & Founder, seif), the diverse audience enjoyed inspiring speeches from Caroline Mason (CEO, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation), Rod Schwartz (CEO, ClearlySo), Dr. Martin Vogelsang (Germany Country Representative, EVPA), Antoni Ballabriga (Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA) and Phyllis Costanza (CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation). The afternoon program offered the opportunity to participate in several workshop sessions on different topics more in-depth.
At the close of the conference, Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF) joined a panel moderated by Jürgen Solms (Head Private Equity, Bonafide) including Philipp Cottier (Head Equity Investments, ResponsAbility), Fabio Segura (Head of International Programs, Jacobs Foundation) and Kostis Tselenis (Head of Investments, Quadia) to discuss "What is next for the Swiss Impact Investing Field". Switzerland already has a leading role in the field of investments for development, a term referring to investments which involve a clear intention to improve the social, environmental and/or economic situation within developing and emerging countries while aiming for a market return. According to SSF's market study "Swiss Investments for a Better World", Switzerland manages close to a third of global investment products in this segment. One of the topics touched on in the discussion was that in general defining and standardizing how specific impacts are measured are key to further foster this market. Public and private investors alike need to be able to compare both the financial as well as the social/environmental/economic impact of their investments as a basis for their investment decision. Looking ahead, the panel expects that impact investing will gain evermore importance. For the many foundations based in Switzerland it offers an ideal combination of investment and impact. Furthermore, banks are likely to increase cooperation with existing specialised asset managers in this field and create impact investing offerings for their private clients.
For further information and interviews with speakers and panelists see the brochure that were distributed during the day.