10 May 2016: The sustainable investment market in Switzerland experienced extremely dynamic growth in 2015. This is attributable in part to the fact that self-managed investments of asset owners were recorded for the first time and in part to the inclusion of new study participants from the asset management field. Notwithstanding these two factors, it can nonetheless be stated that the level of growth was above the market average for 2015: sustainable funds recorded stronger growth than their conventional counterparts. Their share of the overall funds market thus increased to over 4.5 per cent.
The survey focuses on the general market growth, specifying volumes according to the sustainable investment approach (e.g. exclusions, best-in-class, ESG integration), asset classes and investor type. A number of qualitative questions gave further insight into the climate strategies of ten study participants, as well as main drivers and barriers that shape such strategies. Furthermore, the report includes two special insight boxes. The first highlights last year's study of the FOEN regarding the climate risks of institutional investors in Switzerland. The second, addresses the theme of investments for development included in the SSF study, focusing on investments in developing countries, with market return, and a potential to reduce climate risks.