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SSF Newsletter October 2018
Dear all

Is Green the new Black?


Green is high on the agenda of the latest initiatives around sustainable finance. Be it the European Taxonomy that aims to define activities classified as green investments, calls for fossil fuel divestment from the New York City and London Mayors or the new Global Green Bond Partnership – all of them revolve around humanity’s most pressing challenge, climate change. This comes as no surprise considering that the IPCC is now urgently calling on governments to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees, knowing all too well that even keeping the temperature increase below 2 degrees is a already major challenge.


Yet, creating a sustainable world requires action in many different areas: good governance and greater diversity lay the foundation for long-term beneficial decisions, both in governments and companies. Respecting human rights - in the supply chain or in investments – helps to create societies that allow people to live a life in dignity. Both topics were covered in recent SSF events that supported our members in establishing sound sustainability practices. Even though climate change is the most urgent issue we face, it is important to keep a broad perspective on sustainability. In fact, this may even help us combat climate change most effectively.


Kind regards,


Sabine Döbeli

CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance


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SSF activities


SSF event in Ticino: Gender equality in the financial sector


On 10 October, SSF organized an event on gender equality in Ticino. Speakers and panellists presented current research and data on gender disparity, and highlighted specific opportunities for the financial sector. During the round table, the discussion revolved both around implications of the gender gap and the importance of diversity in a company as a whole. Read more on the event here.



twentyfifty and SSF human rights workshop


As part of a series of workshops commissioned by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), SSF co-organised an interactive half-day workshop on the role of human rights for the financial sector. Visit the event summary for pictures and further material on human rights due diligence requirements for the financial sector.


SSF and Convergence event: Blended Finance information session and networking breakfast


Over 50 participants interested in blended finance gathered on 28 August for an event co-hosted by SSF and Convergence in Zurich. Convergence, a Canadian platform for blended finance, explained the role of different market players necessary for successful blended finance solutions. The event also included two presentations of products developed by Swiss players.


Have a look at the event summary and images on the SSF website.


SSF presents education tools in Lugano and Zurich


At two events held in Lugano and Zurich, Jean Laville, Deputy CEO SSF, presented the new education tools on sustainable finance, launched in June. SSF members can access the online e-learning and the slide-deck in the members’ section of the SSF website. Further information on the education tools is available in the SSF flyer.


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New members and network partners

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

  • Carnot Capital AG
  • CFA Society Switzerland
  • Haute Ecole de Gestion Genève
  • Record Currency Management Limited
  • Union Bancaire Privée
  • Yova AG
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The full list of our members and network partners, now totalling 111, can be found on the SSF Website.


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