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SSF Newsletter June 2016: Switzerland fast-tracking its way to a sustainable financial centre

SSF is proud to have played an active role in two important publications over the last 2 months: "Sustainable Investment in Switzerland" and "Proposals for a Roadmap towards a Sustainable Financial System in Switzerland".


The recently published market survey on sustainable investments in Switzerland revealed the sharpest increase of sustainable investments ever. A clear sign that the topic has arrived in the mainstream industry. With the first Swiss pension fund announcing to divest from coal, this trend is further amplified.


Switzerland's hosting in Bern of a meeting of the G20 Green Finance study group offered large Swiss financial players a platform to illustrate their leading practices in integrating sustainability factors into financial decision making. To further evidence the Swiss commitment to Sustainable Finance, a roadmap report published in June lists 20 concrete action points to make further progress in making the Swiss financial system future-proof.


With so many important changes and advances occuring over recent months, we’ve updated and rearranged the content of our website to provide even easier access to the latest information on sustainable finance. We hope it supports you to stay up to date and involved in this interesting journey.


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

Save these dates

New studies & reports

Varia from our network

Closing thoughts

SSF activities

Read short summaries of our activities here and gain more insights on our website


Launch of Roadmap Report at side event to SSF Members’ Assembly, 14 June 2016, Bern


A side event to the SSF Members’ Assembly, attracting over 120 participants, provided a platform for the launch of the report “Proposals for a Roadmap towards a Sustainable Financial System in Switzerland”.


A diverse project team of finance experts, representatives of science and federal authorities coordinated by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) put forward 20 concrete proposals for action to promote sustainable financial services in the five segments asset & wealth management, institutional investors, credit & lending, capital markets and research & education. Ambassador Alexander Karrer, Deputy State Secretary and Head of Multilateral Affairs at the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF), subsequently gave a talk emphasising the importance of international developments in the area of Green Finance and highlighting the active role that Switzerland plays in these processes.


During the SSF members' assembly in the morning, members elected five new Board members and confirmed the overall direction SSF is taking with its activities.


Download the Roadmap report

Read more about the event



SSF/FNG event “Launch of 2016 Swiss market report sustainable investments”, 10 May 2016, Zurich

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At this event jointly organised by Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG) and attended by over 100 professionals, the results of the 2016 market report of sustainable investments in Switzerland was presented, followed by a panel discussion including CEOs of South Pole Group and WWF on the topic of the risks and opportunities associated with climate change.


Read more about the event

Download market study



SSF was also part of many other events and discussions


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Regulatory and Market News

Below you find some of the most prominent topics over the last 2 months.


Green economy and sustainable finance are increasingly present in the public debate in Switzerland


Large investors announced divestments based on climate change and health concerns


Sustainability with a strong push in fixed income



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SSF and sustainable finance in the media

15 June 2016, institutional-money, SSF : 20 Massnahmen für einen zukunftsgerichteten Schweizer Finanzplatz

8 June 2016, RTS, Les fonds gérés selon les principes durables ont la côte

6 June 2016, Le Temps, La finance durable décolle enfin (with SSF input)

12 May 2016, L’AGEFI, Les risques environnementaux dans le secteur financier

11 May 2016, NZZ, Fast 200 Milliarden Franken nachhaltig investiert

10 May 2016, SRF : Nachhaltige Anlagen Marktbericht (with SSF input)

10 May 2016, Fondstrends: Nachhaltige Anlagen verzeichnen substanzielles Wachstum in der Schweiz

21 April 2016, L’AGEFI, L’eau stimule la finance durable


Visit our website for regularly updated articles on SSF and sustainable finance


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New members joining SSF

We welcome the following organisations as new SSF members or network partners:

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  • Amundi AM
  • GES Investment Services Switzerland GmbH
  • On Finance SA
  • Schweizerischer Versicherungsverband (SVV)

A full list of our partners can be found on the SSF Website.


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Save these dates

Zurich, 22 June 2016

Your Pension and Sustainable Finance – a unique chance for sustainability at large?

WWF Schweiz and Greenbuzz invite you to their event to discuss: opportunities and responsibilities of banking customers, savers, pension fund holders / beneficiary owners, professionals working in finance-related companies and corporate departments. Additionally, this event explores the results of WWF's report on the sustainability performance of Swiss pension funds, which looked at the largest pension funds in Switzerland and their sustainability strategies.


Lausanne, 28 and 29 June 2016

G21 Swisstainability Forum: Le rendez-vous de l’économie et de la durabilité en Suisse

La finalité de cet événement est de favoriser l’accélération de la transition vers une économie suisse durable. Ses buts sont de faciliter les rencontres et la collaboration entre les acteurs économiques, politiques, académiques et associatifs.


Zurich, 3 October 2016

Quantifying natural resource risks in lending and investment decisions

Event co-organized by the Natural Capital Declaration, SSF and SECO, on ways to quantify natural capital in financial decision making. More details will be made available on the SSF Website.


Zurich, 4 October 2016

11th Annual Meeting Swiss Finance Institute: Sustainable Finance Moving Center Stage

Sustainable finance is a highly diverse topic, and this diversity will be mirrored in how the 2016 Annual Meeting addresses the subject, with representatives of banks and spokespersons from international organizations (including the WEF and Global Footprint Network) in attendance to present their views on the topic.


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New reports & studies

Reports you should not miss.


Swiss Pension Funds and Responsible Investment

WWF Switzerland, ShareAction, May 2016

WWF, together with Responsible Investment charity ShareAction, carried out a survey of the 20 largest Swiss pension funds. It analysed how far pension funds invest their beneficiaries’ money sustainably and whether they transparently provide them with information. Although all pension funds are in some way engaged in the topic of responsible investing, there is still room for growth to catch up to international best practice.


In search of impact: Measuring the full value of capital

Investment Leaders Group, Cambridge University, May 2016

The research aims to help the investment industry understand the impact of their investments on sustainability challenges. Therefore, a framework is suggested based on a set of six environmental and social themes (based on SDGs), which should allow investors to calculate and communicate the social and environmental impacts of their portfolio.


Annual Impact Investor Survey 2016: The sixth edition

Global Impact Investing Network, May 2016

The sixth annual impact investor survey, finds that USD 15.2 billion was committed by 157 respondents to 7,551 impact investments in 2015, totaling 77.4 billion USD globally in impact investments. In 2016, respondents plan to increase capital committed by 16% to USD 17.7 billion and number of deals by 55% to 11,722. Overall the participants describe continued improvements in the sophistication of the impact investing industry. Challenges, such as appropriate types of capital across the risk-return spectrum and high-quality investment opportunities with track record still persist.



Read these and other recent reports

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Varia from our network

SSF would like to thank Philipp Aeby (RepRisk), Nicola Battalora (BSI), David Bresch (Swiss Re), Jean-Philippe de Schrevel (Bamboo Finance) and Klaus Tischhauser (responsAbility) for their strong support as SSF Board members during the setup phase of our association. They have left the SSF Board to follow new endeavors and we wish them all the best for their plans.  

Fabio Sofia was elected as new president of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) at their Members’ Assembly in May. We congratulate Fabio to this new role and wish him and SFG great success in further promoting sustainability in the financial industry.  


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Closing thoughts

There was an impressive amount of activities in and attention for sustainable finance in Switzerland this spring, in particular the commitment from some large Swiss institutional asset owners and the public sector involvement in ongoing initiatives. With further SSF publications and events in planning for the autumn, we will continue working over the summer months to keep up the momentum and further anchor sustainable finance in the mainstream industry.


Best regards


The SSF team




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