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SSF Newsletter June 2017: New energy for the financial system

Switzerland has voted in favour of a new Energy strategy. The financial industry has a role to play in the stipulated change to the new energy system.


This was the conclusion of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, in her keynote speech at the Annual SSF Conference that took place last week in Bern. She pointed out the necessity to address sustainability challenges with determination but also outlined the resulting opportunities linked to new business and financing models. Christian Thimann, Chair of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of the European Commission, made clear in his keynote that while Europe is quickly adapting the frameworks in favour of sustainable finance, he sees Switzerland in a good position to play an important role in supporting a sustainable financial system. He shared with the President the view that waiting is not an option, as illustrated by his quote: “Sustainability is not everything, but on the long-term without sustainability everything becomes nothing.”


Explore more about the various endeavours of different players to address sustainability in financial decisions in this newsletter.


Kind regards


Sabine Döbeli

CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance


SSF Activities

Regulatory and market news

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New members joining SSF

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New reports & studies

SSF Activities

SSF held Members’ Assembly and Annual SSF Conference featuring keynote speeches by Doris Leuthard and Christian Thimannn


On 13 June 2017, SSF started the day by holding its annual Members’ Assembly, where Michael Baldinger (Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, UBS) and Christine Schmid (Head Investment Solutions, Credit Suisse (Schweiz)) were elected as new members to the SSF board. SSF members were also informed about the SSF activities that took place during the last year, which are, among others, outlined in the SSF Annual Report 2016.

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The afternoon event, held under the title “Finance for the future - is Switzerland on track?” gave an overview on recent developments in sustainable finance both in Switzerland and abroad. Federal Councillor and President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard emphasized the many new opportunities the energy transition offers to the financial sector.


Christian Thimann, Chair of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), focused his speech on recent regulatory and market developments in sustainable finance in Europe and their role for the Swiss financial centre. In four expert interviews, SSF assessed the progress made towards a sustainable financial system over the last year based on results of a survey amongst its members. Also part of the event was a panel discussion on the important role of innovation for sustainable finance and how Switzerland can stay a driving force in this regard.

Read more and see pictures of the event.


SSF released event summary video to recap launch and feedback of publication


SSF prepared and published its first event summary video giving a concise overview of the 10 arguments publication and its role for Swiss financial players. The following short summary film captures important voices and messages from the day where the publication was presented.

Watch and read more about the event.


Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Report 2017 launched at the Geneva Forum for Sustainable Investment (GFSI)


The 8th edition of the GFSI, on J June 2017, gave SSF the opportunity to introduce the newly released Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Report 2017 to an audience of around 200 finance experts. Based on the report, which was for the second year in a row jointly published by FNG and SSF, in 2016 the market saw a sharp hike of 39% compared to 2015, bringing the total volume of sustainable investments in Switzerland to around CHF 266 billion as of 31 December 2016.

Read more about the event.


SSF presents report “Proposals for a Roadmap – one year on”


SSF collected input and views on progress made regarding the proposals in: “Proposals for a Roadmap towards a Sustainable Financial System in Switzerland”, published by FOEN in June 2016. Overall, the results were positive with the majority of respondents seeing progress in most of the areas of concern.

Download survey results.


Workshop on renewables at 7th New Energy Investor Summit


On 23 May 2017, at the 7th New Energy Investor Summit, Sabine Döbeli moderated the workshop “Asset Class Renewables: Attractive Investments for Institutional Investors” and discussed with four panellists and the audience why investments in renewables ideally complement existing asset classes and how they are currently represented in portfolios of institutional investors.


Moderation of FTSE Russel webinar on ESG indexing


The webinar “The past 15 years of ESG indexing and what’s next”, held on 17 May 2017, featured David Harris (Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell) as presenter and Sabine Döbeli as moderator. The webinar, which was co-organized by Partners for Sustainability, gave an overview on the state of global ESG disclosure and its future trajectory.


Read more about these and other SSF activities.

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Regulatory and market news

Swiss news


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SSF and sustainable finance in the media


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New members and network partners

We welcome the following organisations as new SSF members or network partners:

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  • RAM Active Investments
  • Concors AG
  • Cassa pensioni di Lugano

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


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Further events are listed on the SSF Website

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New reports & studies


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Best regards

The SSF team



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