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SSF Newsletter April 2024
Big Decisions
Dear all

Yesterday, during its last plenary session of this legislative period, the European Parliament approved the strongly debated Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, also known as the CSDDD. It establishes a corporate due diligence standard on environmental concerns, climate change and human rights for businesses operating in the EU. Non-EU companies that conduct a defined level of business in the EU, will also be liable. To reach an agreement, the final CSDDD was significantly watered-down from the original proposal. Much as it is to be welcomed that respect for human rights and the environment in global value chains is put on the corporate agenda, the Directive adds considerable complexity and reporting burdens for companies.

With this vote, the outgoing parliament added another key element to the many regulations around sustainability it put in place over the past 5 years. The election of the new EU Parliament will take place from 6 to 9 June 2024, followed by the vote on the new President of the EU Commission. Before and after the EU elections we expect intense discussions around the further evolvement of the Green Deal. It remains to be seen if these elections will change the direction of the EU’s climate and energy policy and how they will influence the sustainable finance strategy, including the initiated reviews of current the sustainable finance regulation. Yet, as the new Commission needs to first take up its work, no news on the details of next steps are to be expected before September. The objective to bring about the necessary changes for a transition to a sustainable economy remains key. 


Kind regards

Katja Brunner

Director Legal & Regulatory

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SSF activities at a glance
SSF Annual Conference 2024 and 10-Year Anniversary

Join us on 20 June 2024 in the Kursaal in Bern for the SSF Annual Conference and 10-Year Anniversary. We will be looking at key developments relevant for the next 10 years in an exciting program, which we revealed this month. View the programme and register here.

Insights from 10 SSF Companions: Prof. François Degeorge

Over the course of the year, we are publishing 10 interviews with key SSF companions that helped make SSF what it is today. Read the third in the series, an interview with Managing Director and Senior Chair of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), Prof. François Degeorge.

SSF statement to FINMA Circular nature-related financial risks

At the end of March SSF submitted a statement to the FINMA circular on nature-related financial risks. Read it here.

Sabine Döbeli in Ethos Foundation Podcast Series “Echo(s)”

Sabine Döbeli, SSF CEO, is featured in an Ethos podcast on the role of transparency to build trust around climate targets for companies within investment portfolios. Listen here.

Alberto Stival in RSI podcast

Alberto Stival, Director Educational Development, Representative Ticino, is featured on an episode of ‘Seidisera’ of the RSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera) discussing the ten year anniversary of SSF and the changes that have occurred in the last ten years in sustainable finance. Listen here.


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Question of the Month

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

The transition to a sustainable economy will not happen through the action of one actor in isolation. But often a key actor is needed to provoke change in others. In your opinion, which actor has the biggest responsibility in making sure, we achieve the Swiss goal of net-zero emissions by 2050?


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Education news
  • The Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich is running a new course looking at achieving impact at family offices on 15-17 May 2024. This course aims to empower private wealth holders to understand how others – sometimes very differently positioned – wealth holders think and structure their processes in order to run an Impact Oriented Family Office.
  • Also at the CSP, a sustainable investing masterclass has a new format and an updated programme. This 6-hour course synthesizes the latest thinking and ideas in sustainable investing into easy to understand frameworks that can be directly applied by all professionals.
  • The SSF E-learning module on sustainable investments for pension fund board members has been accredited by Stiftung Eigenverantwortung and hence qualifies for the annual mandatory training pension fund board members have to complete.

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

Upcoming events

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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

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Kind Regards,

The SSF Team


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