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SSF Newsletter August 2018
Dear all

The heat is on: investor action needed


With a heatwave causing reduced harvests and dangerous forest fires in many places of the world, the past weeks have brought to our attention what climate change really means. Such visible effects led to Swiss Television coverage (SRF Börse) of the role of insurance companies regarding climate change, featuring an interview with Swiss Sustainable Finance. The interview highlighted how global insurers, including those in Switzerland, are increasingly implementing strategies both on the investment and insurance side, to drastically reduce their exposure to coal, and hence to activities linked to climate change.


Over the summer, to support the further promotion of sustainable investments, SSF launched new tools and services: An online e-learning tool and a digital library on sustainable finance. Furthermore, in the events we’ve prepared for autumn, we will cover various topics ranging from blended finance to human rights due diligence, topics that are, next to climate change, equally important to create the sustainable world we wish to live in.


Kind regards,


Sabine Döbeli

CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance


SSF activities

Regulatory and market news

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New members joining SSF

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New reports & studies

SSF activities


SSF launches new education tools


On 28 June, SSF launched two new education tools developed by its education workgroup under the lead of Kate Cacciatore (Global Head of Sustainability, Edmond de Rothschild Group (EdR)). The extensive educational slide-deck and the four module e-learning tool are tailored specifically to the needs of finance professionals.


At the launch event in Geneva, Kate Cacciatore and Jean Laville,  Deputy CEO SSF, explained how EdR’s need for internal training on sustainable finance lead to a fruitful cooperation and resulted in these practical tools. In the subsequent discussion, participants debated the best ways to disseminate the tools among members and network partners. 

SSF members can access the online e-learning and the slide-deck in the members’ section of the SSF website. For non-members, further information on the e-learning is available in the SSF flyer.



New SSF Service: Digital Library on Sustainable Finance

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In light of the growing body of research on sustainable finance, SSF has created a Digital Library on Sustainable Finance. Designed to help you find the information you need, SSF has consolidated market research, reports, guidances and scientific articles into an online platform.


The Digital Library currently contains more than 300 reports in up to four languages (EN,DE,FR,IT) and is updated on a regular basis. Users benefit from short summaries of each publication provided by SSF. 

Further information and tips for using the Digital Library can be found in our flyer.


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Regulatory and market news


Swiss news

  • Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard presented the first Swiss SDG report at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 17 July 2018 in New York. The corresponding baseline assessment on the progress of the 2030 Agenda underlines the importance of private resources and dedicates a chapter to making financial flows more sustainable, which also features SSF.
  • The federal popular initiative aimed at “Prohibiting the financing of war material producers by the Swiss National Bank, foundations and public and occupational pension funds” has been formally validated by the Federal Chancellery and will be put to vote.
  • After a pilot phase conducted by FOEN, the climate alignment test tool is now available under www.transitionmonitor.ch. This tool allows investors to measure current and future portfolio exposures to high/low-carbon technologies and determine alignment with various climate scenarios.
  • The Swiss Pension Fund Association ASIP revised its “Guidelines for Pension Fund Investments”. The guidelines contain a new section explaining different ways to integrate ESG factors, with a reference to the SSF Handbook on Sustainable Investments. They further state that ESG factors are to be considered when analysing financial risks.


International initiatives


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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

Visit our website for more articles and regular updates

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New members and network partners

We welcome the following organisation as new SSF member:

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  • Greentech Capital Advisors
  • Maerki Baumann & Co. AG

The full list of our members and network partners can be found on the SSF Website.


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Join these events

Further events are listed on the SSF website

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New studies & reports

Read these and other reports in our Digital Library on Sustainable Finance.

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