3 June 2019: Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2019
In the 2019 edition of the Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study, SSF provides in-depth insights into recent developments in the Swiss sustainable investment (SI) market.
The study reveals a sharp increase in the total volume of sustainable investments, highlighting the growing importance of sustainability within the Swiss financial industry. Based on the responses to the market survey, the total volume of SI increased by 83% to reach CHF 716.6 billion by the end of 2018. This figure covers all reported sustainable investment funds (102% increase), sustainable mandates (22% increase) and sustainable assets of asset owners (91% increase). A total of 77 organisations - 11 more than last year - took part in the survey.
The strong growth is attributable to the fact that more and more institutional investors are opting for sustainable investment strategies and many asset managers are now also integrating sustainability criteria as a standard in their selection process. ESG integration has become the most popular investment approach by the end of 2018, which reflects that it is increasingly becoming standard practice to consider environmental, social and governance themes in investment decisions.
The market study also includes two interviews with large Swiss asset owner bodies; the Swiss Association of Pension Funds (ASIP) and the Swiss Insurance association (SIA), as well as a comprehensive chapter on regulatory issues in Switzerland, the EU and globally.