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SSF Newsletter December 2018
Dear all

Redirecting financial flows


The majority of news and activities in this newsletter revolves around climate change – no surprise as the international community is currently debating ways and mechanisms to achieve the nationally defined contributions to climate change mitigation at COP24 in Katowice. At the same time, calls to the financial industry to act on climate change risks are becoming louder. The biggest task is not just reducing risks in liquid portfolios, but also - and maybe more importantly, redirecting financial flows into solutions for a carbon-efficient economy. It is one of SSF’s objectives for 2019 to provide insights into tools and procedures for financing innovative products and companies.


2018 has been a turnaround year for sustainable finance, with the EU action plan putting the topic on top of the agenda of financial actors. The increasing mainstreaming of ESG integration, the growing momentum of "Financial Centres for Sustainability" and the bridges being built between development banks and the private sector are just some examples of the positive dynamics. Still, much needs to be done to unleash the full potential of sustainable financial services. We look forward to further working with you on practical solutions.


We wish you a nice festive season and send our best wishes for a sustainable 2019.


Kind regards,


Sabine Döbeli

CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance


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Open Letter to Index Providers – call open until 21 December

SSF is coordinating an investor initiative for an "Open letter to global index providers" to exclude controversial weapons from mainstream indices. Launched in August, the initiative has received support from a core group of more than 60 Swiss investors. After its posting on the PRI collaborative platform, considerable support from large international asset owners and managers could be gained, bringing the current number of signatories up to 89, managing around USD 4.6 trillion. The letter is still open to other co-signatories until 21 December. More information can be found on the SSF website.



SSF workshops on "Measuring the impact of investment portfolios"



On 10 December, SSF held two workshops on the topic of the impact of investment portfolios, attracting 20 representatives of large Swiss institutional asset owners in the morning and an additional 50 SSF members in the afternoon. After inputs on the latest academic findings and a pratical framework, participants discussed their own challenges in measuring impact. Read full event summary here.


Workshop on metrics for a sustainable capital shift



SSF partnered with Climate-KIC to organise a workshop on "metrics for a sustainable capital shift" which brought together providers of innovative metrics with financial sector practitioners. The one-day workshop provided an overview of existing metrics and tools, and allowed participants to engage with each other on necessary steps to further develop practical and efficient tools. Read more here.


Event in Geneva - Private Wealth Management et Durabilité. Nouvelles directives MIFID: Quelles opportunitiés pour la Suisse?



On 31 October, SSF attracted 90 professionals to Théâtre les Salons in Geneva for an event on regulatory changes and their influence on private wealth management. After a presentation on the revised MIFID regulation, Jean Laville, SSF Deputy CEO, moderated a panel of experts addressing how sustainable finance is an opportunity for the Swiss private banking industry. See more pictures here.


SSF brings Swiss perspective into the FC4S Network


SSF represented Swiss views in two recent meetings of the Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) network, of which both Geneva and Zurich are members. At the FC4S annual meeting in Shanghai, SSF was confirmed as a member of the FC4S steering group. The next annual meeting is planned to be held in Geneva in autumn 2019.


In early November, during the Climate Innovation Summit in Dublin, SSF was present for the launch of the FC4S European Hub.


SSF promotes Swiss sustainable finance capacities during Paris Climate Finance Week

At the conference "La Finance Durable: Rouage-clé de l’Accord de Paris sur le Climat", organised by the Swiss Embassy in Paris and held during the Climate Finance Week, Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO, presented Swiss initiatives and developments in the field of sustainable finance.


Workshops for pension funds in Lausanne and Lugano

In November SSF organised two workshops in Lausanne and Lugano, discussing sustainability in portfolios and the impact of voluntary initiatives with over 20 representatives of institutional investors.


SSF interviewed for new CAS in Sustainable Finance

Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO, contributed to a video on the responsible investment market for the new online Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance, offered by the Haute école de gestion in Geneva.


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We are happy to welcome the following organisations as new SSF members:

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  • Berner Kantonalbank AG
  • Renaissance PME

The full list of our members and network partners, now totalling 113, can be found on the SSF Website.



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