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SSF Newsletter June 2020: Hot off the press
 
 
Dear all
 
 

During the past two months, Swiss players have been hard at work, even throughout the crisis, to further advance the Swiss sustainable finance market.

 

The large mainstream financial industry associations (SBA, SVV, SFAMA) each released sustainable investment-linked recommendations and reports, proving sustainable finance is high on the priority list regardless of what else might be on their plates.

 

We too at SSF published our annual market study in June showing strong growth (62% y-o-y) in sustainable investment volumes. Our analysis of Swiss managed sustainable investments highlighted the increasing importance of more outcome-oriented approaches with largest growth rates seen for approaches such as ESG Engagement, ESG Voting and Impact Investing.

 

All these publications are fresh off the press this month! We wish you an interesting read and look forward to continuing to drive the movement forward.

 

 

Kind regards,

Kelly Hess

Director Projects, Swiss Sustainable Finance

 
 
 
Content
 

SSF activities at a glance

Regulatory and market news

New members joining SSF

Join these events

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New reports & studies

 
 
 
SSF activities at a glance
 

 

Sustainable investments hit new peak in Switzerland

 
 

On 8 June, SSF released the Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2020. Based on this year’s responses, the total volume of sustainable investments in Switzerland increased by 62% and reached a new record of CHF 1,163 bn by the end of 2019.

 

The study also sheds light on recent trends in the Swiss SI market and includes a comprehensive chapter on regulatory issues. Download the full report here.

 

Market study launch webinar on Youtube

 
 

The Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2020 results were also presented in detail during a webinar viewed by about 300 participants. Have a look at the recording on the SSF Youtube channel.

 

New industry recommendations

 
 

The Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association (SFAMA) and SSF published key messages and recommendations on sustainable asset management, intended to actively help asset managers incorporate sustainability criteria into their investment processes.

 

Sustainable finance podcast

 
 

During the Guernsey Sustainable Finance Week, our CEO Sabine Döbeli spoke on Covid-19 and sustainable finance. Listen to the interview in the «podcast» section on the SSF website.

 

Read more about these and other SSF activities

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Regulatory and market news
 

 

Swiss news

  • The Swiss Sustainable Fund Awards were presented in an online ceremony on 9 June. Among the winners in the 9 different categories were Swiss asset managers and SSF members Vontobel AM and GAM Investments.
  • The Swiss Bankers Association published guidelines on the integration of ESG criteria into the investment advisory process, as well as a brochure in which it sets out areas of action.
  • The Swiss Insurance Association (SIA) presented its first sustainability report of the insurance industry, covering progress in the areas of investments, underwriting and business operations.
  • The Swiss National Council debated and passed a new proposal for the reform of the Swiss CO2 Act after having rejected an earlier draft in 2018. The text includes emissions targets for 2030 and 2050 (incl. domestic targets), a tax on petrol and plane tickets, and two articles pertaining directly to the financial sector. It will be put to final vote in the Council of States.
  • After a long push and pull, the Swiss Parliament agreed on a counter-proposal to the Responsible Business Initiative. The initiative was originally filed in 2016 with the aim to make Swiss multinationals accountable for human rights abuses and environmental violations by subsidiaries elsewhere. The Swiss electorate will have to vote on both the initiative and the counter-proposal, since the original text has not been withdrawn by the initiators.

 

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 150, can be found on the SSF website.

 

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Join these events
 

 

Upcoming sustainable finance events:

 Other activities & opportunities:

  • The 6th edition of the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI) will be published this autumn, rating the world’s financial centres on the depth and quality of their green finance. You can give your opinion on the centres in which you have done business by filling in this survey.
  • France has launched the third edition of its international climate-related reporting awards, open financial instituions from all over the world. Submissions can be made until July 13th.

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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Join our network of members and partners! Find out how here.

 

Follow us on Social Media

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