|29 June||SSF Annual Conference 2022: Adressing Global Challenges|
|9 June||Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2022|
|24 May||Sustainable Lending Report Launch Event|
|16 March||SSF Workshop for Institutional Asset Owners - Climate Commitments and their Practical Implications for SSF Members and other AO with a ticket|
|24 February||SSF Member Webinar: MiFID II|
|31 January||SSF Roadmap Webinar with Q&A|
SSF Annual Conference 2022: Adressing Global Challenges
This year the SSF Annual Conference was held in person at the Kursaal in Bern. Around 250 members, networks partners and other finance experts attended the event. The day started with a welcome note by Patrick Odier, the SSF President, followed by a keynote from the CEO of Nestlé, Mark Schneider, who spoke about how to advance the sustainability agenda in food systems. He demonstrated key successes and transparent goals for an effective transition to a circular economy including regenerative agriculture, deliberate design of packaging and the support of changes in consumer behaviour. He further stressed the importance for a company to disclose carbon emissions and to demonstrate a clear reduction pathway for its business.
In the next session, three presentations on the topic of biodiversity and finance were delivered by three different experts in the field. Thomas Elliott, Managing Director at Crowther Lab at the ETH Zurich presented how humans impact biodiversity cycles. He presented the crucial shift needed to allow effective circular feedback loops to restore nature. Dr. Simon Zadek, Chair of Finance for Biodiversity, highlighted the evolution of financial markets and the integration of climate and nature into financial considerations. His key message was that nature and climate concerns are often treated as separate issues by industry and the financial sector, which they are not. Tony Goldner, Executive Director at TNFD, gave an overview of the TNFD framework and the value of nature as a provider of ecosystem services.
After the break, Prof. Dr. Marlene Amstad, FINMA President, gave a presentation on the Swiss regulatory context and presented the work the FINMA has implemented so far, including a heat map of identified climate risks for Swiss banks, the development of a new supervisory concept including monitoring and transparency both at an institutional and supervisory level and the publication of FINMA guidance. Finally, she highlighted that the current supervisory law has no mandatory definition of "green" or "sustainable". Taken together, this section gave a concise picture of the Swiss financial market's approach to climate risk.
In the final section, a panel led by Hannah Wise discussed the role and extent of transparency in sustainability reporting and ESG data within an academic and a corporate context. Monika Rühl, Director at Economiesuisse, Prof. Dr. Markus Leippold at the University of Zurich, Claudia Bolli, Director Head of Responsible Investing at Swiss Re Group Asset Management and Manjit Jus, Managing Director at S&P Global represented different types of data users, each with their own perspective on the biggest challenge. The discussion revealed that there is still work to be done to make sure no players are left behind and that data is of sufficient quality.
Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO, closed the afternoon, thanking all the participants and speakers for their attendance and demonstrated SSF's willingness to continue engaging with climate and finance and helping our members to strive towards better practice, action and transparency.
Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2022
On 9 June 2022, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) published the Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2022 at a launch event in Zurich.
The event started with an Introduction by Patrick Odier, the SSF President, and Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO. The main section of the event was a presentation of the report, a GLIS keynote and then a panel with experts. Prof. Timo Busch, Senior Fellow at the CSP UZH and Professor at the University of Hamburg, gave an academic overview of the results and key findings on the growth of various investment approaches and key themes. Then, Hendrik Kimmerle, Senior Project Manager at SSF, presented the other key findings from the study including sustainability goals within SI approaches, net zero commitments, funds and outlook. Katja Brunner, Director Legal & Regulatory at SSF, highlighted key regulatory developments in the Swiss market in the past year including from the federal council, FINMA, the EU regulatory developments and self-regulation.
Tim Radjy, Chair of Gender Lens Initiative Switzerland (GLIS) and Managing Partner at Alphamundi Group, who co-wrote an article within the market study, presented some gender lens investing insights from the GLIS, with a particular focus on Switzerland's position. This was followed by a panel on the changing face of Swiss Sustainable investments with Gianna Müller, Responsible Investment Specialist at Helvetia, Rachel Whittaker, Head SI Research at Robeco, Patrick Schmucki, Corporate Responsibility Officer at KPMG and Regula Hess, Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance at WWF Switzerland.
Sustainable Lending Report Launch Event
At the first physical event of 2022, the new Sustainability in Lending Report was launched. The event started with a presenation from one of the report authors, Beat Affolter, Head Center Performance and Sustainable Financing at ZHAW and a keynote from Romina Schwarz, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB). Then a panel, moderated by SSF CEO, Sabine Döbeli and featuring Romina Schwarz, Andreas Holzer, Sustainable Finance Manager BLKB, Andreas Schweizer, projektleiter für Corporate Banking & Sustainable Financing ZHAW and Stephan Pomberger, Leiter Cosmofunding at Vontobel, discussed the opportunities and challenges in Sustainable Finance. The event took place in Germand and ended with an Apéro.
SSF Workshop for Institutional Asset Owners - Climate Commitments and their Practical Implications
After an Introduction by Ulla Enne, Workgroup Leader of SSF Institutional Asset Owner Workgroup and Sabine Döbeli, CEO SSF and overview of net-zero pledges by Veronica Baker, SSF Trainee. Then three presentations demonstrated case studies from Beatrice Stadler, Senior Investment Manager at Sammelstiftung Vita, Beatrix Wullschleger, Head ESG at Pensionskasse Basel Stadt and Marco Hofer, Responsible Investment Lead at AXA Switzerland. The slides and recording are available in the member's section.