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SSF Newsletter December 2017: Reflecting on an eventful year
 
 
Dear all
 

When looking back on 2017, we have all the reason to warmly thank our members and partners for greatly helping us take important steps forward:

 

With 9 events hosted or co-hosted by SSF, over 20 third-party events with active contributions from our association and 4 publications released, we jointly managed to leave a positive footprint in the Swiss financial centre. We are particularly happy, to present the first edition of a new publication series today: In our “Focus” we address practical questions sustainable investors are facing and include suggestions for pragmatic solutions. This first edition covers the topic of controversial weapons exclusions, an approach which, for many investors, forms the first step in creating more sustainable portfolios.

 

For 2018 we aim to keep up the momentum we see, created by initiatives such as “Financial Centres for Sustainability”. This network launched by UNEP Inquiry has gained both Geneva and Zurich as its members and SSF will support the Swiss involvement in this international initiative. On the home front, we will start the new year with our first full-day event on inspiring investment partnerships: join us on 16 January to discuss, how we can jointly mobilise more means contributing to a sustainable world.

 

We wish you a joyful Christmas time and a very happy New Year.

 

Kind regards,

 

The SSF Team

Sabine Döbeli, Kelly Hess, Jean Laville, Alberto Stival, Marietta Caprez, Anna Walker

 
 
 
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SSF activities

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SSF activities
 

SSF launches first edition of new “Focus” Series: Controversial Weapons Exclusions

 
 

The first edition of the factsheet series “Focus” tackles the topic of controversial weapons and what investors need to consider in their decision making. The main goal of this short publication is to provide an overview of the Swiss and international legal environment and industry best practices related to controversial weapons financing and investments.

 

Additionally, it covers potential risks linked to inadequately addressing associated issues for financing, investing and underwriting activities. The factsheet is digitally available in English, German and French.

 

SSF hosts event in Ticino: Sustainable real estate investments: creating long-term value for investors

 

On 30 November, SSF raised a debate on sustainable real estate investment and therewith attracted a diverse audience of over 100 professionals comprised of architects, finance professionals, real estate evaluators as well as academics. 

 
 

Swiss players have seen growing interest in the field of green real estate investing, which is in tone with the current trends and represents an investment into the future. The event was held in partnership with the Swiss Real Estate Foundation (SVIT) Ticino.

Read more on this event.

 

Zurich and Geneva join the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability

 
 

In December, Switzerland took a big step forward through the commitments of both Geneva and Zurich joining the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability. Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) and SSF representing the two financial centres in this global network, will closely cooperate to efficiently support the initiative.

 

The Network’s inaugural meeting will take place in Milan on 12-13 April 2018. Download the report on the action areas, as well as strategic priorities which the group will address in the following years and read the press release.

 

SSF promotes Swiss sustainable finance capacities in Hong Kong

 

SSF was part of an official delegation for the festival "Zurich meets Hong Kong" organised by the Canton and the City of Zurich with the aim of promoting Swiss capacities abroad.

 
 

At the event “Zurich and Hong Kong – a Tale of two green cities” hosted by Credit Suisse, a mix of Swiss and Chinese private and public sector representatives gave insights into steps being taken in two of the World’s global financial centres - Zurich and Hong Kong – to support green finance solutions.

Read more on this event.

 

SSF partners with SIA to discuss the contribution of Swiss financial players to the SDGs

 

As part of the Swiss Green Economy Symposium on 30 October, SSF co-organized a breakout session on sustainable investment together with the Swiss Insurance Association (SIA). The aim of the dialogue was to establish how Switzerland could achieve the Agenda 2030 and what role the financial sector has to play. After insights from financial market practitioners, a panel discussed regulatory barriers to sustainable –particularly infrastructure – investment in Switzerland, as well as the need to create innovative products resulting in tangible impact. SSF concluded the session by providing and overview on the many international initiatives underway and encouraged Swiss players to join this movement. 

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SSF co-hosts workshop with Chinese delegation on climate finance

 
 

On December 6, SSF, together with the CCRS and University of Zurich, hosted a workshop that aimed to exchange Chinese and Swiss knowhow on climate finance. After a presentation of the University of Zurich, the Chinese delegation held two keynotes via video-conference on the importance of climate finance and their wish to collaborate with Swiss players.

 

The afternoon program was populated with panelists from the Swiss private and public sectors and the academic community.

Read more on this event.

 

SSF presents sustainable finance approaches at UNCTAD Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission

 

On 20 November, SSF gave input at the UNCTAD Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission's ninth session on "Investment and enterprise development as catalysts for accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". During this ministerial meeting attended by ministers mainly from African countries, Sabine Döbeli (CEO, SSF) presented Swiss Solutions incentivising private Investments into solutions to help reach the SDGs.

 

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SSF and sustainable finance in the media
 

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New members and network partners
 

We welcome the following organisation as new SSF member:

 
 
  • Banca Arner SA

The full list of our members and network partners can be found on the SSF Website.

 

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New studies & reports
 
  • December 2017: This ShareAction UK report Banking on a Low-Carbon Future captures the current state of the European banking sector’s response to climate-related risk and the low-carbon transition. It aims to provide share- and bondholders in the 15 largest European banks with an overview of where the sector is positioned on climate-related risks and opportunities.
  • November 2017: During the COP23 in Bonn, the UNEP Inquiry and the World Bank published a Roadmap for a Sustainable Financial System to propose an integrated approach to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable financial system through market-based, national and international initiatives. The vision that the Roadmap seeks to reach is one of a financial system, which integrates the full costing of positive and negative externalities.
  • November 2017: The Creating Markets for Climate Business: An IFC Climate Investment Opportunities Report provides information for investors, banks and companies about the most attractive climate investment opportunities, while offering governments a set of best practice policies and measures that have been proven to attract private investment.
  • November 2017: The study Creating impact with a foundation's Assets: Mission (Im)Possible? by Responsible Impact Investing looks at how foundations are applying mission-related investing and their corresponding needs in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • November 2017: The metastudy Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) evaluates over a dozen studies and finds that investors who aim for market-rate returns can achieve them, given a diligent fund manager selection.
  • November 2017: The SSE green finance action plan How Stock Exchanges can grow Green Finance provides exchanges with a checklist of 12 action points within 4 action areas. SSF was a member of the advisory council for this report. It can be used as a self-assessment tool to identify areas where stock exchanges can initiate or expand their activities.
  • November 2017: The Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP), University of Zurich has published a briefing note on ESG and Financial Performance. This analysis illustrates the clear business case of a good ESG performance of companies. Roughly 90% of academic studies find a non-negative relation between ESG criteria and financial performance with an overwhelming share of studies showing positive results.
  • October 2017: The aim of the oekom study The Impact of Socially Responsible Investments on Companies – an Empirical Analysis is to identify the extent to which sustainable capital markets impact the way companies handle the social and environmental challenges of sustainability. 475 companies participated in the survey.
  • October – December 2017: With its diverse workgroups, the PRI has released 3 guidances during the last 2 months. The reports, Managing ESG risk in the supply chains of private companies and assets, Investment Consultant Services Review and The SDG Investment Case will help investors across the industry obtain a better understanding of these issues.

 

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