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SSF Newsletter August 2022
All aboard!
Dear all

Having re-joined the team in July, I am happy to be back and see how much the SSF membership has grown and how many projects are currently underway. SSF used the summer months to prepare for an exciting autumn.

Just yesterday, we launched a study on net zero, jointly with other finance associations (see SSF news below). At the academic conference on sustainable finance research GRASFI, that will take place in Zurich this year, we’ll sponsor a research award on “transparency for stakeholders”. After all, we consider it key to get more insights about how to best provide transparency for clients. Also, different SSF events are now open for sign-up: check out the program of the interesting conference on sustainability in commodities taking place in Lugano soon.

With only about one month left to the Building Bridges Summit in early October, Swiss players and the SSF team are working hard to complete projects in various areas of sustainable finance. These include providing clear guidance on Swiss Climate Scores, the launch of a TNFD national consultation group and many other activities. Join SSF at Building Bridges for one of our events.

I am proud to come back to such a motivated team with an exciting project pipeline and to contribute to the further success of sustainable finance in Switzerland.


Kind regards,

Kelly Hess

Director Projects

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SSF activities at a glance

Regulatory and market news

New members and network partners

Join these events

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

SSF activities at a glance
Publication “Setting sail for a carbon-neutral future: Net Zero Insights 2022”

SSF, along with Asset Management Association (AMAS), Swiss Banking and SVV, supported a new study conducted by PwC “Setting sail for a carbon-neutral future: Net Zero Insights 2022”. This publication gives a progress update on net zero commitments within the Swiss financial centre. The aim of this study is to create awareness for the importance of decarbonisation, provide context for net zero levers and create transparency. View the report here and the corresponding press release here in English, German, French and Italian.

Upcoming SSF/ZHAW Event: Innovation in Sustainable Finance and Commodities

On 23 September a joint conference by SSF and ZHAW surrounding “Sustainability and Innovation for Finance and Commodity Trading” will take place in Lugano. Sign up to join us for great speakers and a panel discussion. Visit the event website for the full programme and to get tickets. SSF members benefit from a discounted price.

GRASFI Best Paper Award for "Transparency for Stakeholders"

SSF supports the 5th Annual Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI) Conference, 5-7 September, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) and the Centre for Competence for Sustainable Finance (CCSF) of University of Zurich. We will gift the Best Paper Award for "Transparency for Stakeholders" and thereby support innovative top-class research in the field of Sustainable Finance. Visit the website to sign up and learn more about recent academic research in sustainable finance.


> Read more about these and other SSF activities

Regulatory and market news

Swiss News

EU News

  • Reponses to an EU Commission consultation on “ESG ratings and ESG factors in credit ratings” are illuminated in the recently published summary report. According to this summary, a large majority of respondents (81%) use a combination of overall ESG ratings with E, S, G or even more granular ratings. Most of these respondents (61%) buy ESG ratings as part of a package wiith other ESG data or services including screening, benchmarks and fund ratings. The summary details the use of ESG ratings and the dynamics of the market and incorporation of ESG factors in credit ratings.
  • ESMA published a consultation paper on the product governance changes to MiFID II made under the EU's ESG framework . The herein stated changes come into effect on 22 November 2022. The consultation period closes on 7 October 2022. During Q4 2022, ESMA will consider the responses received and aims to publish a final report and final guidelines in Q1 2023 (i.e., after the sustainability-related changes at Level 2 start to apply on 22 November 2022).
  • The Complementary Delegated Act (CDA) under the Taxonomy Regulation has been published in the Official Journal on 15 July 2022. The CDA classifies certain fossil gas and nuclear energy activities as transitional activities which contribute to climate change mitigation under the Taxonomy Regulation. Its provisions will apply from 1 January 2023.

International News

New members and network partners

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

The full list of our members and network partners, now standing at 214, can be found here.

Upcoming Events
SSF and sustainable finance in the media

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Kind Regards,

The SSF Team


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