Past SSF Events 2024

Date Event
10 June SSF/AMAS Webinar: "Swiss Climate Scores Template 2.0 Launch"
6 June Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study Launch Webinar 
16 May SSF/Global Canopy Webinar: Getting Started with Deforestation Risks in Investment Portfolios
15 May Swiss Sustainable Lending Market Study Launch Event
21 March Carbon Markets and Their Role in the Transition to a Climate Aligned Economy
13 February SSF/GCNSL Getting Started with the TNFD Framework Webinar
30 January SSF Derivatives in Sustainable Investing Webinar

SSF/AMAS Webinar: "Swiss Climate Scores Template 2.0 Launch"

The Swiss Federal Council updated the Swiss Climate Scores at the end of December 2023. Together with a joint workgroup of industry experts, SSF and the Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS) have updated the Swiss Climate Scores template accordingly. This new version of the template aims to add clarity to the new additions to the Swiss Climate Scores and improve the previous template in response to feedback received from practitioners. The indicators are split between an examination of current state (greenhouse gas emissions and exposure to fossil fuel activities) and the transition to net zero (verified commitments to net-zero and management to net-zero, credible stewardship and global warming potential).

At the launch webinar, Christoph Baumann, Deputy Head Strategy Division & Envoy for Sustainable Finance at the State Secretariat for International Finance SIF, will inform about the motivation to update the SCS, followed by Aurelia Fäh, Senior Sustainability Expert, AMAS, providing an overview of the changes to the template. This is followed by a discussion around the opportunities and challenges related to Swiss Climate Score reporting with Ruben Feldman, Dep. Head Sustainability, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Barthélémy Simon, Sustainability Data Analyst, Lombard Odier, hosted by Sabine Döbeli, CEO, SSF. 

Download the template here

View the recording of the webinar on the AMAS website.

Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study Launch Webinar

In the market study launch webinar, Sabine Döbeli, CEO SSF, gave a welcome note on the current environment of sustainability-related investments. Prof. Timo Busch, University of Hamburg, then presented the findings of the report, including the three different perspectives on investments. Further, Eric Prüssner, AIR and Hendrik Kimmerle, SSF, both co-authors of the report, provided deeper insights into the report and the related sustainable investment approaches. Katja Brunner, SSF, then presented an update on Swiss and EU regulation with an outlook on future developments. Finally, Sabine Döbeli concluded the event with a panel discussion and Q&A session with Nina Fakner, Raiffeisen Switzerland, and Fabio Pellizzari, ZKB Asset Management.

View the slidedeck here. 

Watch the recording here.

SSF/Global Canopy Webinar: Getting Started with Deforestation Risks in Investment Portfolios

This webinar, held in partnership with Global Canopy, highlighted the importance of considering deforestation risks in investment decisions. After a short introduction by Veronica Baker, Project Manager, SSF, Helen Beddow, Education and Learning Director, Global Canopy, provided an overview of deforestation as a material consideration and introduced various tools for assessing deforestation risk. Vemund Olsen, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Storebrand Asset Management AS, and Kiran Sehra, Biodiversity Analyst, Aviva Investors, then presented case studies on how they integrate such tools and assess deforestation risks in their investment decisions within their respective companies.

Swiss Sustainable Lending Market Study Launch Event

The event focused on the first Swiss Sustainable Lending Market Study, which was published on the same day in collaboration with ZHAW. After welcoming remarks by Sabine Döbeli, CEO, SSF, and Beat Affolter, Professor & Head of Corporate Performance and Sustainable Financing, ZHAW, the lead authors of the study, Hendrik Kimmerle, Senior Project Manager, SSF, and Andreas Schweizer, Senior Lecturer in Corporate Banking & Sustainable Financing, ZHAW, presented the main findings. These included among others, the types of exclusions used by banks, the main motivations for sustainable lending and the current range of green, social and sustainability-linked loans. 

To provide practical insights, Thomas Fonk, Head of Relationship Management Corporate & Large Clients, Basler Kantonalbank, and Lukas Gisiger, Client Advisor Multinationals, UBS Switzerland AG, presented their banks' approaches to sustainable lending. This was followed by a panel discussion with Regula Hess, Lead Financial Sector Engagement, WWF Switzerland. The audience was able to ask questions via Slido, sparking an interesting discussion on sustainable lending issues and the different views of the panelists. 

View the SSF slidedeck here. 

Carbon Markets and Their Role in the Transition to a Climate Aligned Economy

At this event, jointly organised by SSF and Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), alongside the Lugano Commodity Trading Association, which was held as a hybrid event, in person in Lugano and online, leading carbon market experts provided different perspectives on the role of carbon markets in the transition to a climate aligned economy.

After the welcome note by Alberto Stival, Director Ticino, SSF, Prof. Eric Nowak, USI, first provided an overview on the role of compliance and voluntary carbon markets and key players of the ecosystem. He highlighted challenges of such instruments, that are similar for both systems but illustrated how they do effectively contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions, despite existing shortcomings of the systems. Margaret Kim, CEO, The Gold Standard, explained the value chain of carbon markets and the roles of the different players and stressed the importance of uniform standards to improve quality of credits. She showed concrete examples of how carbon projects not only remove carbon but also improve the livelihood of communities in target countries. Francesco Taddei, Senior Manager for Carbon Projects & Trading, Southpole, then illustrated how carbon credits can not only drive emission reductions, but also serve as a tool for scalability and can support sustainable development.

After the break, Sergio P. Ermotti, Group CEO and President of the Executive Board of UBS Group AG, illustrated the bank’s approach to climate finance being implemented across all business segments. He made clear that besides more incentives, the market also needs more rules and clearer frameworks for effective carbon markets. In the consecutive panel discussion with Peter Zonneveld, CEO, DTX Climate Solutions, Stefano Borghi, Chairman, Arborify and Volker Schieck, Lead, Sustainable Finance Group, UBS Group AG, the speakers debated the role of carbon trading, a market that is far less standardised than commodity trading. They agreed that bringing together voluntary and compliance markets would help improve and align standards and accelerate growth, leading to the faster implementation of much needed emission reduction projects. In her closing note, Sabine Döbeli, CEO, SSF, made clear that this event was only the starting point for a continued exchange between industry experts, academics and stakeholders, a dialogue that needs to continue to strengthen the credibility and effectiveness of carbon markets in Switzerland and internationally. 
An article in Corriere del Ticino provided a summary of the event:

SSF/GCNSL Getting Started with the TNFD Framework Webinar

At this joint webinar with the UN Global Compact Network for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, with whom we co-convene the Swiss TNFD Consultation Group, we hosted a one hour webinar on getting started with the TNFD Framework. After an introduction to the importance of nature and the structure of the TNFD Framework by Veronica Baker, Project Manager at SSF and Fabienne Sigg, Programme Manager at UN Global Compact Network for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, two case studies outlined their progresss in using the TNFD framework. From Novartis, Barbara Vrede, Head Strategy, Sustainability and ESG and Cameron Borhani, Senior Strategy Manager, presented their intial use of the LEAP approach to understand the nature impacts upstream and for direct operations. From UBS, Judson Berkey, Managing Director, Group Head Engagement and Regulatory Strategy, shared how UBS has begun measuring nature risk exposures alongside those for climate.

Watch a recording here.

SSF Derivatives in Sustainable Investing Webinar

The webinar accompanied the new SSF Spotlight publication, published on 11 December, titled “The Role of Derivatives in Sustainable Investing", which contains guidance on how to align the use of derivatives with sustainability objectives. In this webinar Prof. Dr. Peter Schwendner, Head of the Institute of Wealth & Asset Management, ZHAW School of Management and Law and Dr. Hendrik Kimmerle, Senior Project Manager at SSF, will present the findings of the report. Industry expert Dr. Luca Henzen, Head Derivatives and Structured Products Research at UBS AG (Global Wealth Mangement) will share his perspective on portfolio implementation of derivatives and structured products. Slides and recording are available for SSF members.

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