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SSF Newsletter April 2020: Upside Down
Dear all

Covid-19 has affected our business realities more profoundly than any other event within most of our lifetimes. Although scary to see existing business models being turned upside down, it is encouraging to observe swift reactions from leaders – both business and political – in establishing innovative services to strengthen resilience. It took Switzerland less than a month to set up non-bureaucratic lending facilities for SMEs in cooperation with Swiss banks. Multilateral organisations launched Covid-19 social bonds and sustainable finance initiatives such as the PRI or PRB collected examples of first response measures to promote shared action. Furthermore, sustainable investments have so far proved to be more resilient than the average market, which will likely give them further tailwind.

Although priorities of governments might shift away from the climate crisis for the moment, the topic will soon be back on the agenda if recovery plans include green and digital transition targets.

It is the responsibility of each of us to try and make a difference in our own sphere of influence. Combining such positive moves globally will hopefully set the course for a sustainable recovery.

Kind regards,

Sabine Döbeli

CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance


SSF activities at a glance

Regulatory and market news

New members joining SSF

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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New reports & studies

SSF activities at a glance


SSF rolls out e-learning tool publicly


As of this month, the SSF e-learning tool is publicly available in English, German and French. The 4 modules were designed specifically for client advisors and other finance professionals and include interactive aspects – we wish you a happy learning experience! Access the tools here


SSF publishes Annual Report 2019


The SSF Annual Report 2019 gives an overview on the activities and projects SSF conducted in the past year. With 13 events organised or co-organised, we managed to attract a high number of professionals. The six active workgroups also supported SSF in the preparation of events and the publications. Download the report


SSF responds to EU ecolabel consultation


SSF submitted its response to the open consultation on the development of EU Ecolabel criteria for retail financial products. Read the full response here


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Regulatory and market news


Swiss news


International initiatives

Market trends


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New members and network partners

We are very happy to welcome the following organisations to our network:


The full list of our members and network partners, now standing at 146, can be found on the SSF website.


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Join these events


Upcoming SSF events:

  • 8 June 2020, SSF Market Study 2020 Launch Webinar – Online
  • 30 June 2020, SSF Members’ Assembly – For SSF members only!
  • CANCELLED – 30 June 2020, SSF Annual Conference, Bern – Unfortunately, this event had to be cancelled due to the current situation. Our next Annual Conference will take place on 22 June 2021

Other sustainable finance events:

 Other activities & opportunities:

  • The European Commission has contracted a consortium of sustainable investment specialists to conduct a study on sustainable investment data, ratings and investment research. Participate in the study
  • For this year’s Geneva Summit on Sustainable Finance, the organisers are calling for papers, to be submitted by 1st of May.

Further events are currently being planned – more information on our website

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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

Visit our website for more articles and regular updates

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New studies & reports

Read these and other reports in our Digital Library on Sustainable Finance

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