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SSF Newsletter February 2021
Fresh Coat of Paint
Dear all

While 2021 is still young, the first weeks have already brought signs of an eventful year in sustainable finance. In early January, Switzerland officially became a supporter of the TCFD and announced the drafting of a bill to make the reporting recommendations binding. With two major Swiss investors announcing to move out of coal, the recognition of the risk of such investments is gaining ground amongst institutional investors.

For SSF, the year also starts with exciting news: the SSF Board has nominated the candidate for the SSF presidency, to be confirmed at the next General Assembly. Furthermore, we are proud to present our newsletter in a fresh coat of paint. Going forward, you will receive this newsletter on a monthly basis, with a break in July and January. Our goal remains to provide a concise overview on SSF activities and other developments and we are convinced sustainable finance will move to a next level in 2021 – great that you are on board for this exciting journey!


Kind regards and stay healthy,
Anja Bodenmann
Project Manager, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF)

Newsletter 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
SSF Board nominates new president

As current SSF President Jean-Daniel Gerber’s third term is coming to an end in June, the SSF Board announced the nomination of Patrick Odier as his successor. His appointment is subject to election at the SSF Members’ Assembly on 22 June 2021.

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Low-Carbon Economy video series

The full collection of short videos on our Financing the Low-Carbon Economy report is now available! Have a look at the videos to learn more about selected low-carbon finance instruments from the authors.

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Preparation for Market Study 2021

SSF is currently collecting data for the Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2021. Banks, asset managers and asset owners managing assets from Switzerland can take part in the related survey until 8 March. Email us for more information.


SSF CEO Sabine Döbeli appeared in two podcasts this January, discussing the growth of sustainable finance and its future in Switzerland.

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> Read more about these and other SSF activities

Regulatory and market news

Swiss news

  • Also in January, the Federal Council adopted the new climate strategy, outlining how Switzerland aims to attain net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and highlighting opportunities for the financial industry to contribute to this goal.
  • At the end of 2020, the Swiss National Bank and Compenswiss, the compensation fund for Swiss Social Security, both announced a decision to exclude coal from their investment.

International developments

  • Also in the central banking sphere, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its plan to open a climate change centre reflecting the growing importance of the topic for the ECB’s policy.
  • The UK government released draft TCFD reporting guidance for pension schemes, and is set to introduce mandatory TCFD reporting for large pension schemes already in 2021. The guidelines foresee, amongst others, scenario analysis and absolute emission metrics.

Market trends

  • The Bank for International Settlements launched an open-ended, euro-denominated green bond fund for green bond investments by central banks and official institutions.
  • IDB Invest, the lending arm of the Inter-American Development Bank, is preparing to launch a sustainable debt programme, which would mean that all future bonds would be sustainable, green or socially responsible.
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 168, can be found on the SSF website.

Join these events

> Further events are listed on the SSF website.

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

> Visit our website for more articles and regular updates

New studies & reports

The assessment report by the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) presents the findings from an in-depth assessment of actions in 24 global financial hubs, all members of the FC4S network.


This academic article entitled “Impact investments: a call for (re)orientation” by researchers from the University of Zurich and others examines the different terms used to describe sustainable investments, and proposes a new typology for the field.


> Find these and other reports in our Digital Library on Sustainable Finance


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