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SSF Newsletter March 2024
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Dear all

Having just recently joined SSF as Director Romandie, I am delighted to be part of the SSF team for the 10th anniversary year, and to witness SSF pass the 250-member mark. Romandie has been part of SSF’s growth journey since its inception in 2014, with my predecessor, Jean Laville, having contributed to making SSF what it is today. I am pleased to continue further develop the Romandie membership base, to contribute to SSF’s publications, and to act as a bridge between the Romandie sustainable finance members and the rest of the SSF community.

This month's newsletter spotlights three key stakeholders of SSF: Eurosif, with an interview with Aleksandra Palinska explaining Eurosif's mission and collaboration with SSF, and the Eurosif White Paper used in the upcoming 2024 Swiss Investment Market Study; the UN Global Compact Network, following the joint webinar on "Getting Started with the TNFD Framework"; and the University of Zurich for its new initiative in sustainable finance.

As sustainable finance becomes an important topic, the debate about how to further develop it intensifies. We encourage you to listen to Patrick Odier, President of SSF, explaining his view on the best way forward in  a podcast on "ESG considerations in the financial sector and recent resistance in America" produced by Ethos. Challenges, but also trends and developments in sustainable finance are not new. In this newsletter you are asked to use your seasoned experience and answer the Question of the Month: What do you see as the biggest development/trend in sustainable finance over the last ten years?


Kind regards

Daniela Lavrador

Director Romandie

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SSF activities at a glance

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Regulatory and market news

New SSF members and network partners

Education news

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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New studies & reports

SSF activities at a glance
SSF welcomes its 250th member!

SSF was founded 10 years ago with the support of 64 members and network partners. Since then, the SSF membership base has grown by a double-digit number every year and the SSF team was expanded from 3 to 8 employees. Read the press release here.

Insights from 10 SSF Companions: Aleksandra Palinska

Over the course of the year, we will be publishing 10 interviews with key SSF companions that helped make SSF what it is today. Read the second in the series, an interview with Executive Director Eurosif, Aleksandra Palinska.

SSF/GCNSL TNFD Webinar: Getting Started with the TNFD Framework

In this joint webinar with the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein, with whom we co-convene the Swiss TNFD Consultation Group, we looked at getting started with the TNFD Framework and had guest speakers from UBS and Novartis. Read a summary and watch the recording here.

Launch Event for the Initiative in Sustainable Finance

SSF CEO, Sabine Döbeli spoke at the  University of Zurich (UZH), Department of Finance’s launch event for their new Initiative in Sustainable Finance. Read about it on the SSF Website.

Patrick Odier in Ethos Foundation Podcast Series “Echo(s)”:

Patrick Odier, SSF President, is featured in an Ethos podcast on ESG considerations in the financial sector and recent opposition in America. Listen here.

SSF Annual Conference 2024 & 10 Year Anniversary

Join us on the 20 June 2024 in the Kursaal in Bern for the SSF Annual Conference 2024 and 10-Year Anniversary. We will be looking ahead at the next 10 years in an exciting programme, which we will reveal next week. Register already here.


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

Question of the Month

Let us know your opinion with our Question of the month!

In its 10th year, SSF aims take stock of the developments in sustainable finance so far, before looking ahead. What do you see as the biggest development/trend in sustainable finance over the last ten years?


Scan the QR and vote on Slido or just see the results!

Or follow this link

Regulatory and market news

Swiss News

  • The fourth PACTA climate test is currently being conducted by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF). All Swiss banks, asset managers, pension funds and insurers are invited to have their portfolios tested, on a voluntary and anonymous basis. Financial institutions can participate until 17 May 2024.
  • Canton Zurich has made revisions of its regulations around tax exemption due to charitable status. The new regulations allow for appropriate renumeration of the Board of Trustees for charitable foundations. In addition, charitable activities abroad are generally measured according to the same standards as activities in Switzerland. These measures have the potential to attract more internationally active foundations to the Canton of Zurich. Read more from Swiss Foundations.

European News

  • Both the member state representatives, as well as the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee have approved the text of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), which will impose mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence and transition plan requirements on forms within scope of the regulation. The next step will be a vote in the European Parliament.

International News

Market News

New SSF members and network partners

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

The full list of our members and network partners, now standing at 252, can be found here.

Education news
  • A new CAS module "Finance for the 2030 Goals" is available at ETH NADEL, starting on 3 June 2024. The course focuses on current development finance trends and challenges, including  the evolution of multilateral and bilateral finance, new types of development finance institutions, blended finance instruments, green/social bond markets, Chinese international finance, and more. The content is oriented toward people with a finance background and an interest in sustainability/impact.

For more information on current educational programmes focusing on sustainability and finance, visit the SSF landing page on Evrlearn.

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
Methodology for Eurosif Market Studies on Sustainability-related Investments

In this paper Eurosif presents an updated methodology for sustainable investment market studies. It aims to reflect current approaches to sustainability-related investments across Europe more accurately by introducing four distinct categories of sustainability-related investments that reflect the investments’ ambition level to actively contribute to the transition towards a more just and sustainable economy. Investments are classified as either basic ESG, advanced ESG, impact-aligned or impact-generating, based on their ambition level.

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Kurzbericht: Indirekte Immobilienanlage auf dem Weg zu Netto-Null: Stand und Aktivitäten

This short report by the Swiss Association for Responsible Investments (SVVK-ASIR) examines climate considerations at 22 fund providers providing real estate investments included in the SIX Real Estate Funds Index. The report includes findings on data measurement, strategic and governance aspects, product characteristics and reporting practices.

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SFDR Article 9: Is it all about impact?

This paper investigates over 1000 investment funds that are classified under Article 9 of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). Using the G7’s new typology of sustainable investments, the report shows that Article 9 funds pursue varying degrees of ambition: while 60 % follow an impact-oriented strategy, 40 % of funds instead pursue a general Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy. The report does not identify significant differences in ESG scores between ESG- related and impact-related funds. Yet, impact-related funds have higher SDG impact scores and higher management fees. Downgraded funds that changed SFDR status, however, tend to be less focused on impact.

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Kind Regards,

The SSF Team


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