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SSF Newsletter May 2022
Deep Dive
Dear all

Much of the work around sustainable finance in the past decade was concentrated on the role of investors. In its latest publication, SSF shifts the focus to an equally important area. With a deep dive into the role of sustainability in lending, we not only provide a broad overview on academic findings about this topic, but also demonstrate best-practice examples of how ESG factors can be considered in different forms of financing. And we are convinced: lending offers an even more direct lever to influence companies than investing – a good reason to find out more about it in our report.

Lack of water – to a large extent driven by climate change -  is perceived as a growing risk for operations in different sectors. The fact that assets might literally strand due to water shortage is impressively illustrated in a new report by CDP and Planet Tracker, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.


Kind regards,

Sabine Döbeli


Newsletter content

SSF activities at a glance

Regulatory and market news

New members and network partners

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New reports & studies

SSF activities at a glance
Sustainability in Lending: New Report

This SSF report prepared in cooperation with the Association of Swiss Cantonal Banks (ASCB) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) highlights strategic approaches for sustainable lending and identifies four action areas.

Launch Event: Sustainability in Lending

SSF was joined by VSKB and ZHAW in Zurich for an afternoon highlighting the new Sustainability in Lending Publication. The programme consisted of a report summary by Beat Affolter (ZHAW), a practitioner’s view by Romina Schwarz (ZKB) and an exciting panel discussion.

Register for SSF Annual Event

Join us at our Annual Conference 2022 for keynote speeches from Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, and Marlene Amstad, FINMA President, as well as discussions on the role of finance in addressing biodiversity loss, followed by a panel discussion on the important role of transparency. Register here.


> Read more about these and other SSF activities

Regulatory and market news

EU News

International News

  • Signatories of the Science-Based targets initiative (SBTi) more than doubled during 2021, with 1082 signatories as of the end of December 2o21. Of these, only seven companies have approved targets for 2021.The rest have pledges near term climate targets, to be met before 2030 and 20% of these were aligned with 2°C and not the 1.5°C temperature scenario. All of this and more in their third annual report.
New members and network partners

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

The full list of our members and network partners, now standing at 211, can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Save the Dates: 

  • 3-6 October 2022, Geneva, Building Bridges Week 2023
SSF and sustainable finance in the media


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New studies & reports
High and Dry: How Water Issues are Stranding Assets

The new report by CDP and Planet Tracker commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) focuses on the risks (stranded assets) related to water regulations, high levels of pollution and community opposition. It highlights four case studies from sectors with high levels of water usage: oil and gas, electric utilities, coal and metal and mining. The authors see insufficient consideration of upcoming water shortages by financial institutions and suggest three key actions for financial institutions: assessing risks and impacts, disclosing data and managing risks and impacts.

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Do we speak the same language? A Market Survey on the Future of ESG Ratings

In this publication 1in1000, a research program by 2° Investing Initiative, summarises the results of a survey of sustainable finance professionals on ESG ratings. Aspects covered include what these ESG ratings are designed to do, how well they do it and the type of regulation that could further the market development.

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


Kind Regards,

The SSF Team


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