Upcoming key events in, or involving, Switzerland

Date Event Location
4 September 2018 Swiss Green Economy Symposium 2018 Winterthur

Is all gold that shines? How are sustainable profits possible? How do entrepreneurs bring financial, social and environmental benefits together? At the 6th SGES, entrepreneurs, scientists, authorities and NGOs discuss their successes and failures.

The morning will focus on the broad field of tension between sustainable profits. The afternoon will focus on current issues such as digitalisation, energy, investment, mobility, nutrition, environmental services, smart cities, corporate management and value chains in parallel symposia (innovation forums).

Register here.

6 September 2018 Artificial Intelligence in Industry and Finance (3rd European COST Conference on Mathematics for Industry in Switzerland) Winterthur

The aim of this conference is to bring together European academics, young researchers, students and industrial practitioners to discuss the application of Artificial Intelligence in Industry and Finance within the COST research network. 

The ZHAW has invited 20 speakers both from within Switzerland as well as abroad, working on AI in Finance and Industry.
One track will focus on financial mathematics and its applications of machine learning, whereas the other one will tackle the implications for industry.

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6 & 7 September SSF member events: Launch of SSF education tools for financial professionals - "Sustainable investments in a changing world" Lugano, Zurich

Capacity building in sustainable finance is one of the key drivers to advance investments in more sustainable products. Therefore, the SSF education workgroup has created two education tools on sustainable investments (a slide deck as well as an online e-learning tool) tailored specifically to the needs of finance professionals. Case studies as well as sustainability profiling of clients offer an interactive learning experience of practical value.

SSF will present the education tools exclusively to our members. In a subsequent discussion, we wish to gather your feedback on the tools and jointly identify the best way to disseminate it amongst our members and network partners.

The events will take place in Lugano on 6 September (16.00-18.00) and in Zurich on 7 September (12.00-14.00). The full programmes for Lugano and Zurich can be downloaded as a PDF.

SSF members can sign up for either event by emailing info@sustainablefinance.ch. The registration deadline is 3 September 2018. 

We thank Vontobel for hosting the Zurich event.

12-13 September 2018 UNEP FI / VfU Roundtable 2018: "Sustainable Finance - Agenda und Handlungsfelder" Munich

The UNEP FI / VfU Roundtable (Roundtable) is one of the largest congresses on the topic of "Sustainability and Finance" in German-speaking countries. It is primarily aimed at specialists and managers from financial companies involved in integrating sustainability aspects into business practice. Under the title "Sustainable Finance - Agenda and Fields of Action", current developments and good practice examples will be discussed with leading experts from practice and academia. The congress programme consists of a mixture of impulse lectures, panel discussions and workshops.

The event will be held in German.

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25 September twentyfifty and SSF workshop: Understanding human rights due diligence requirements for the financial sector Zurich

As part of the Swiss strategy for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) have commissioned twentyfifty to conduct a series of awareness-raising workshops on the topic of business and human rights for Swiss companies.

As part of this series, twentyfifty and SSF co-organise an event for the financial sector. The focus of the workshop will be on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and their application to the financial sector. Based on hands-on input the workshop will provide inspiration and practical support for financial companies on how organisations of different sizes can implement human rights due diligence within their organisations. The format will offer the opportunity to discuss questions of practical implementation in a safe space that encourages peer to peer learning.

Download the full programme

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1-2 October 2018 FINTECH+ Zurich

FintechPlus is Switzerland's largest and most international FinTech event. The conference brings together FinTech leaders from around the world, offering a global marketplace for wealth management, insurance and social finance anchored in Switzerland.

This year's focus is on Artificial Intelligence, with deep dives into Big Data & Advanced Analytics, Human & Computer Interaction, Legal & RegTech and the Future of AI in Finance. Participants will benefit from the state-of-the-art content provided by leading experts and also from the networking International marketplace taking place on both days. Tailored 1on1 meetings, investors'​ and companies'​ pitches and innovation challenges will happen on the 2nd day.

Register here.

22-26 October 2018 2018 World Investment Forum Geneva
  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Investment Forum by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Under the overall theme of Investing in Sustainable Development, this year’s Forum will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. It will explore solution-driven initiatives and partnerships to advance prosperity for all. 

The 2018 World Investment Forum will consist of more than fifty events covering various dimensions of investment. The programme highlights include the Global Investment Game Changers Summit, two Global Leaders Investment Summits, ministerial roundtables, a week-long investment village, private sector-led sessions and networking opportunities. Several events will be co-hosted in partnership with other organizations, a list of which is available on the website.

Register here.

6-8 November Climate Innovation Summit Dublin

The Climate Innovation Summit is an annual event organised by EIT Climate-KIC, connecting policy makers, businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors and academics to share best practice and create the opportunities to scale-up the solutions that accelerate climate action.

Coinciding with the 2018 Year of Sustainable Business in Ireland, the summit will set the scene for a high-level debate on sustainable finance. Throughout the three-day event we will be uncovering innovative solutions and partnerships that can drive sustainable finance and put Europe on track to deliver a 2ºC target and a climate-resilient future.

Registration has not yet opened.

22 November 2018 Sustainable Investments Day Zug

This year's Sustainable Investments Day will focus on institutional investors and their experiences with sustainable investments. During the event, IFZ will present the results of its current survey on sustainable investment funds in Swiss distribution. In addition, opportunities for investors to differentiate sustainable investments will be discussed.

In the second part of the programme, leading asset managers and sustainability-oriented institutional investors (e.g. Zurich Insurance Company; Nest Sammelstiftung; BVK) will present their experiences with sustainable investments, followed by a panel discussion.

The event will be held in German.

Register here.

30 November 2018 Accepting responsibility and investing sustainably Vaduz

The 5th international conference of the associations of foreign banks, organised by the Lichtensteinischer Bankenverband, will take place under the titel of "Accepting responsiblity and investing sustainably. More information on the event will follow.

Register here.

7 December 2018 Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance Geneva

The Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance is a one-day summit aimed at bringing together finance practitioners, university researchers and policy makers in order to intensify the debate on the role of sustainable development in finance.

Under the theme of "Emerging Trends in Sustainable Finance", the 4th edition of the summit will provide a platform to sustainable finance related research. The organisers invite submissions of research papers on sustainable finance or related environment, social or governance (ESG) topics. More information on the Call for Papers is available here.

Registration has not yet opened.



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