Past SSF Events 2023

Select an event in the table below and find out more about the events SSF organised this year.

Date Event
13 September

SFI–SSF Conference: Financial Innovation—Accelerating the Change

27 June Swiss Sustainable Market Study 2023 Launch Webinar
22 June SSF Annual Conference 2023: How to Accelerate the Transition
4 April SSF Member Informational Webinar on the v0.4 TNFD Framework
30 March SSF/ZHAW/Space2Earth Novel Data Solutions Networking Series: Sustainable Real Estate - Solutions using Satellite Images
23 March SSF/PRI Asset Owner Workshop: Embedding Sustainability in Manager Selection & Monitoring
19 January 2023  SSF/GIIN Asset Owner Workshop: Investing with an Impact Lens
12 January 2023 Members' Workshop: TNFD v0.3
10 January 2023 Members' Webinar: Science Based Targets (together with WWF Switzerland)

SFI–SSF Conference: Financial Innovation—Accelerating the Change

At this year’s SFI–SSF conference in Zurich, attended by over 200 participants, renowned figures from the financial industry and academia discussed and cast light on various aspects of the multi-layered sustainability universe.

Professor François Degeorge, Managing Director of SFI, opened the SFI–SSF conference, which this year explored "Financial Innovation—Accelerating the Change". Together with Sabine Döbeli, CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, Professor Degeorge answered opening questions from moderator Olivia Kinghorst.

Jared Bibler, Founder and Director of Katla, kicked off proceedings with an exciting keynote speech that focused on the financial system as a whole. Additionally, he exposed the audience to key facts and figures leading up to and following the 2008-2011 Icelandic financial crisis displaying the fragility of financial systems if appropriate checks and balances are not put in place and associated risks not taken into consideration. SFI Professor Zacharias Sautner, from the University of Zurich, then opened the thematic block "Climate Risk for Banks", before Eric Bonnin of Société Générale explained the role of the financial industry in the energy transformation phase of the green transition. The first part of the conference was brought to a close by Alfred Ledermann, Co-Head Sustainability at UBS, who highlighted the challenges but also the opportunities of the reorientation required of the banking sector.

The second thematic block of the conference—entitled "Innovation and Impact"—was launched by SFI Professor Eric Nowak, from the University of Zurich, addressing the question of what influence the financial industry actually has on climate or biodiversity, focusing specifically on aspects around carbon offsets and the global carbon market. Rochus Mommartz, CEO of responsAbility, followed sharing his thoughts on the impact and scope of the emerging industrialization of sustainable finance, emphasizing that scaling existing solutions is key to achieving more impact. The block was rounded off by Marie-Laure Schaufelberger, Head of Group ESG & Stewardship at Pictet, who addressed the most important levers and challenges in the area of public markets. The final highlight of the conference was the energizing closing panel discussion, which featured Dr. Alexander Barkawi, Founder and Director of the Council on Economic Policies, Dr. Thomas Heinzl, Chief Financial Officer of Vontobel, and Johanna Preisig, Head of Strategic Services at FINMA. This panel provided a lot of heated food for thought for participants to debate over during the evening networking apero.

Swiss Sustainable Market Study 2023 Launch Webinar

On 27 June 2023, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) published the 2023 edition of the Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study during a launch webinar.

After an introduction from Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO, and Patrick Odier, SSF President, the Market Study results were presented by Kelly Hess, Director Projects, SSF and Prof Timo Bush, University of Hamburg. The biggest change to the market study this year is the shift in terminology from sustainable investments to sustainability-related investments. This is in reaction to an advancing market becoming more complex and aims to contribute to ongoing discussions on defining sustainable investments. Accordingly, the methodology of the market study was refined. In the report, the CHF 1,610 billion of sustainability-related investments is viewed through three lenses: number of applied SI approaches, definition of AMAS self-regulation and pilot based on Eurosif white paper. Key conclusions are that there is growing demand for impact-related investments, that the distinction between company impact and investor impact is essential, that transparency on ESG/impact performance measurement needs more attention and that investments with higher ambition levels such as advanced ESG, impact-aligned and impact-generating (35%) have room to grow.

In the second half of the event, Katja Brunner, Director Legal & Regulatory, SSF, gave an overview of recent regulatory developments in Switzerland, such as the revision of the Swiss Code of Obligations, the use of TCFD for asset managers and activities from the Federal Council and FINMA. She also touched on EU developments, such as the SFDR, the CSDR and discussed related  implementation challenges. The session ended with a Q&A.

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SSF Annual Conference 2023: How to Accelerate the Transition

Around 220 people joined us at the Kursaal in Bern for the SSF Annual Conference 2023. After the afternoon was opened with a brief welcome note by Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO, the first presentation was from Christoph Aeschlimann, Swisscom CEO, who shared how Swisscom takes responsibility for the environment by aiming to be a climate-neutral company by 2025 via 6 key levers; energy-efficient infrastructure, climate-friendly work, renewable energies, sustainable supply chain, sustainable mobility and CO2 capture and storage. He also shared the concept of a "handprint", which refers to developing  digitalisation technologies such as smart working solutions, demateralisation, cloud services, circular economy, IoT technologies and innovative customer solutions, to reduce emissions in their business processes and customer experience. The primary role of finance he saw in financing such companies through venture capital, thereby strengthening economic opportunities for Switzerland.

The next session offered three presentations about credible transition plans. Tony Rooke, Executive Director and Head Transition Finance at GFANZ, explained how integral transition plans have to form a core element of a financial institution's strategic response to climate change and shared some key aspects that successful transition plans entail; objectives and priorities, an implementation strategy that aligns business activities, products and services with net-zero objectives, an strategy for engagement with external stakeholders, the correct governance structures to support the implementation and reliable and well-chosen metrics and targets. Stephanie Maier, Member of the Steering Committee of CA 100+ and Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investment at GAM Investments, gave insights into how ClimateAction 100+ promotes credible transition plans and the importance of these for investors. Ruben Feldman, itBDep. Head of ESG Strategy & Business Development, Zürcher Kantonalbank ZKB, stressed that "time is running out and the time to act is now". In his presentation he put emissions reductions in a global context, stressing that the climate crises requires local responsibility and global collaboration and that nations like Switzerland import a lot of emissions through the products they consume.

After a short break, Daniela Stoffel, State Secretary - State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF), gave a speech on Switzerland's role in sustainable finance and to what extent market forces and business opportunities are enough to bring about market-led sustainability practices. For the final section of the afternoon, Reto Burkhard, Head of Climate Division, FOEN presented the Swiss climate strategy that is strengthened after the positive result of the vote on the law on climate an innovation, followed by Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD, who spoke about the importance of tackling inequities as a basis for effective climate action. The two speakers were in conversation with Patrick Odier, SSF President, about the various Swiss actors contributing to achieving the transition and the extent to which social issues must urgently be integrated into sustainability practice


For training materials on transition planning and transition finance:

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SSF Member Informational Webinar on the v0.4 TNFD Framework

At this webinar SSF and GCNLS presented the newest release of the TNFD framework version 0.4 and started the discussion with our network. After an introductory note by Antonio Hautle, Executive Director, GCNLS, Fabienne Sigg, Programme Manager, GCNLS and Veronica Baker, Project Manager SSF, were be joined by Alison Bewick, Taskforce Member and Head of Group Risk Management at Nestlé and Renata Pollini, Taskforce Member and Head of Nature at Holcim for a discussion of th v0.4 framework. The aim of this webinar was to give our network an understanding of the TNFD framework, why it is important, how it is evolving and what this will mean for financial and non-financial players in the coming year. The slides and a recording of the session are available in the members' section.

SSF/PRI Asset Owner Workshop: Embedding Sustainability in Manager Selection & Monitoring

In this workshop, Swiss asset owners came together to share experiences around manager selection/monitoring and illustrate helpful tools. During the workshop the PRI outlined common practices and shared specific tools already available to asset owners, and practitioners presented how they implement systematic processes for manager selection/monitoring. Participants engaged in a dialogue about their own views and experiences and dove deeper into the topic with practitioners facing similar issues. The event was rounded out by an apero for further exchanges.

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SSF/GIIN Asset Owner Workshop: Investing with an Impact Lens

At this workshop for Swiss asset owners, jointly organised by SSF and the GIIN, Sean Gilbert, Chief Investor Network Officer, GIIN, presented different approaches of how asset owners can integrate an impact perspective into their investment policies. Michael Haene, Investment Strategist, PKZH, (Pensionskasse der Stadt Zürich) illustrated the approach of PKZH which builds on active engagement in a passive portfolio, complemented by direct investments into affordable housing and renewable energy projects as well as the purchase of green, social and sustainable bonds. Grégoire Hänni, Chief Investment Officer, CPEG (Caisse de prévoyance de l'Etat de Genève) presented an innovative public private partnership project with the European Investment Fund (EIF) in which a fund of fund for VC investments into climate solutions is set up. In the subsequent interactive debate with the audience, best ways to integrate an impact lens to all asset classes – against the backdrop of limited resources – were discussed.

Members' Webinar: Science Based Targets (together with WWF Switzerland)

Members can access the webinar materials in the members' section of our website.

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