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SSF Newsletter June 2023
The evolving market
Dear all

SSF enters the summer months with an abundance of positive news. One of the most significant developments was the recent approval of the Climate and Innovation Act on June 18th. This act ensures federal support for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. A crucial aspect of the act is the expectation for the Swiss financial centre to actively contribute to low-emission and resilient development. SSF eagerly anticipates collaborating with our members to make this goal a reality.

During our Members' Assembly and Annual Conference, we had the privilege of hearing from inspiring individuals who shared their perspectives on the future of sustainable finance. These discussions emphasized the importance of considering both social and environmental factors. Additionally, the SSF members elected a new board member who brings a wealth of experience and motivation to our team.

Furthermore, this week marked the publication of the SSF Sustainable Investment Market Study 2023. This study represents a shift in focus reflecting the evolving market. The landscape of sustainable investments has transformed significantly since our initial reporting. Through intense conversations with our network and academia, we’ve developed different perspectives on the sustainable investment market and hope to contribute to the important dialogue on how to effectively communicate the concept of sustainable investments. Preferences range from a narrow to a broad definition, with the majority falling somewhere in between. Therefore, this year, we have adopted the term "sustainability-related investments" and refined our methodology to encompass more qualitative aspects and contribute to the discussions on the importance of transparency on chosen approaches and achieved results.


Kind regards,

Kelly Hess

Director Projects

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SSF activities at a glance

Regulatory and market news

New members and network partners

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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New studies & reports

SSF activities at a glance
SSF Annual Conference 2023 in Bern

On the 22 June 2023 in Bern, SSF hosted our Annual Conference with over 220 participants! Visit the SSF website for a summary and photos from the event.

SFF appoints new board member

At the SSF Members’ Assembly on 22 June in Bern, SSF members elected Christine Gugolz, Lead Sustainability Strategy at UBS, onto the organisation’s board. We warmly welcome her in this new role! Read the press release here.

Swiss Sustainable Market Study 2023 published

The launch webinar for the 2023 edition of the Swiss Sustainable Market Study was held on 27 June. Visit the dedicated microsite to read a summary of the study and download the full report for insights into the CHF 1610 billion worth of sustainability-related investments.

Swiss Climate Law (KlG)

The Swiss Climate Law (KIG) was accepted with 59.1% percent of the public vote, which is a marked step forward for Swiss climate protection, innovation and strengthened energy security. The law provides a framework for financial service companies to actively support the energy transition. Read more here.

Building Bridges program now live

The 2023 edition of Building Bridges is taking place in Geneva from 2-5 October. SSF is a founding partner of the event and will be co-hosting two events during the Action Days: Investing with impact - conducive framework conditions for a thriving ecosystem (4 October, 10:00-11:00) with the SDG Impact Finance Initiative (SIFI) and A Stewardship Code for Switzerland (4 October, 11:00-12:30) with AMAS. View the Building Bridges Programme for further details.


> Visit our website for more about these and other SSF activities

Regulatory and market news

Swiss News

  • New sustainability transparency guidelines have been published by the Swiss Structured Products Association (SSPA). As part of a voluntary self regulation, these guidelines aim to set a minimum standard for structured products classified as sustainable and they entered into force on 1 June with a 12 month transitional period.
  • On 26 June, the Swiss State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF) alongside SSF, the Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS), the Swiss Bankers Associations (SBA) and the Swiss Insurance Association (SIA), announced the first national-level initiative to bring together public and private institutions to develop the Net-Zero Data Public Utility (NDZPU).
  • The Green Fintech Network, a collective of green fintech startups, was also launched on 26 June, with the objective to boost the green digital finance ecosystem in Switzerland and drive the country's goal to achieve a global leadership role in sustainable finance.

EU News

International News

New members and network partners

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

The full list of our members and network partners, now standing at 241, can be found here.  

Upcoming events

Further events are listed on the SSF website.

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

Visit our website for more articles.

New studies & reports
Harnessing Biodiversity Credits for People and Planet

The recent increased visibility of biodiversity in national and international policy is also reflected in market trends, such as an increased expansion of the carbon credits market. This paper by Nature Finance and carbone 4 looks at recent trends in carbon credits, identifies critical design challenges and sets out an initial Roadmap to address such challenges and provides insights and experiences to collectively chart this rapidly evolving market.

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Designing a Climate Resilience Classification Framework

In this joint white paper by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI) a blueprint for the development of a climate resilience classification framework is proposed. Seven themes for resilient investments and the criteria for identifying and screening these investments by sector are proposed.

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A Critical Element: Net zero Bondholder Stewardship Guidance - Engaging with Corporate Debt Issuers

This guidance from the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) aims to standardize climate bonds and associated engagement with companies using a next step approach explained for both asset owners and asset managers.

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Kind Regards,

The SSF Team


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