Upcoming key events in, or involving, Switzerland

Date Event Location
24-25 October 2017 World Resource Forum 2017 Geneva

This event will take place over 2 days with plenary debates, partner workshops, scientific sessions, exhibition, press conferences, WRF Cinema, Art Gallery, and social program, including the famous WRF Gala Dinner and WRF Concert. Topics include:

  • Governance of Raw Materials
  • Circular Economy and Investing in Resource Efficiency
  • Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI)
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The Resource Revolution Trainer (MOOC Decoupling)
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Cities, Infrastructure and Lifestyles
25 October 2017 10 Jahre Finanzkrise - Impulse für die Zukunft Zurich

With the outbreak of the financial crisis 10 years ago, the time had come for many to reform the financial economy with regard to the requirements of sustainable economic practices. At the same time, it became clear that such a reorientation of the financial sector must go deeper and, in addition to the specific services and products, also concerns the general business model of the financial sector. 

This event aims to answer questions as to what extent has it been possible to put the financial sector in the service of sustainable development over the last 10 years. During the discussion the participants will try to establish, what progress can be made, what the role of sustainable financial service providers is - and how they differ from the conventional financial sector.

The event will be held in German.

Register here

26 October 2017 Rights for the Entrepreneurial Poor Zurich

The Center for Human Rights Studies, the Center for Ethics, and the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich invite to a conference on the legal and economic empowerment of the entrepreneurial poor. This workshop will examine the main challenges to improve the livelihoods of the entrepreneurial poor from an interdisciplinary perspective.

A panel in law will discuss legal standards and the rights of entrepreneures, while a second panel on microfinance takes up the topic of basic financial instruments and access to those. Both the panels and the keynote lecture will be oriented to a general audience.

Please register via e-mail: roberta.fischli@uzh.ch

30 October 2017 Swiss Green Economy Symposium Winterthur

The 2017 symposium, with the theme "Successfully crossing borders", will have a strong focus on the social dimension of sustainability. The SGES builds on the ideas that states and communities of states can no longer solve environmental, economic and social challenges on their own. The Swiss Green Economy Symposium is a neutral and non-ideological platform for discussing and exchanging successful solutions and projects that help mastering related complex challenges.

This year, Swiss Sustainable Finance President, Jean-Daniel Gerber will present his opinions in the form of a panel discussion.

In addition, SSF CEO Sabine Döbeli will be one of the speakers for a breakout session on sustainable investment.

Register here for the main event and here for the breakout session

31 October 2017 Schweizer Pensionskassen und nachhaltiges Investieren Bern

WWF Schweiz is hosting this event exclusively for the asset owner community. At this event, the current market situation will be presented and a platform for exchange of ideas and opinions will be provided. WWF Schweiz will also use the opportunity to discuss the pension fund rating 2018/2019, which will be launched in June 2018.

This event will be held in German.

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31 October 2017 High Level Dialogue: Days ahead of the Convening of the Climate COP Geneva

The eighth edition of the UN Flagship Emissions Gap Report revealing the temperature implications of failing to increase ambition will be launched at this event. 

Recognizing the increasingly important role of non-state actors, Thomson Reuters will present the latest data that tracks actions to lower emissions by companies in the Global 250, along with their value chains -- which account for approximately one third of global annual emissions.

Please register by 23 October via e-mail: Shereen.zorba@unep.org

6 November 2017 The role of Policy in paving the way to Sustainable Finance in Europe and Switzerland Zurich

The European Commission has established a High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance to advice on developing a comprehensive EU strategy on sustainable finance. Mid July the HLEG has published its first report setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments. The Commission will explore some key early recommendations to take further steps towards a low carbon, more resource-efficient and sustainable economy.

The joint event by FNG, Eurosif and Center for Sustainable Finance and Private (CSP) of the University of Zurich addresses the implications of the HLEG report also for the Swiss market and hosts a panel discussion with different stakeholders.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to: ctober@forum-ng.org

9 November 2017 6th Impact Forum Zürich Zurich

CSSP/yourSRI.com, the LGT, the banking association of Liechtenstein and the government of Liechtenstein invite participants to discuss the topic "European Standard for Sustainable Finance - EU regulation & SDGs" (Europäischer Standard für Sustainable Finance  - EU Regulation & SDG´s). The discussion will include extperts and strategists from different fields to meaningfully advance the subject of impact in a practical and interdisciplinary manner. The event will be held in German.

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23 November 2017   Sustainable Investments Day Zug

At this event (in German), the Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug IFZ will present the results of its latest study on sustainable finance in Swiss Banking and Asset Management. The event is designed for client advisors, portfolio managers, marketing and sales specialists as well as Board members of pension funds and foundations.

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 29-30 November 2017  UNEP FI / VfU Roundtable 2017 Frankfurt, Germany

The Roundtable 2017 will focus on the financial sector’s contribution to a sustainably-oriented transformation of the economy and society. At its core will be practical methods and instruments to support this positive contribution.
Keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops will provide opportunities to speakers and participants alike to exchange and discuss their pertinent experiences and insights.
The first day of the event is dedicated primarily to the political-regulatory area, e.g. looking at new laws, standards and initiatives. The second day mainly addresses the firm level, e.g. looking at the integration of sustainability criteria in organisational core processes or the development of innovative sustainable products.

Register here

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