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SSF Newsletter December 2016: Sustainable finance goes mainstream

At the end of November we launched our handbook on sustainable investments for Swiss institutional asset owners at an event attracting over 130 professionals.


This publication comes at a time when institutional investors in Switzerland are showing an increasing interest in sustainable investments, linked to a growing need for information. We hope to provide a useful tool that helps stir a dialogue amongst asset owners and asset managers on the best way for each organisation to implement a suitable sustainable investment policy.


On an international level, the sustainable finance market is drastically changing. 2016 saw the upsurge of international initiatives and growing attention on the topic. Just last month notable achievements were the Paris climate agreement going into force on November 4th and the EU Directive on European Pension Funds (IORP II) requiring pension funds in Europe to integrate material ESG factors in their risk assessment process.


We could call 2016 the year of mainstreaming for sustainable finance. Yet, most of the initiatives are still on a theoretical level and at an early stage. Their implementation will take time and require practical insights. We hope to support this development and foster the momentum with our latest publication. We wish all our readers a joyful holiday season and look forward to reconnecting in 2017 at our first event in Lausanne to present the handbook in Romandie.


Kind regards


Sabine Döbeli

CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance


SSF launches handbook for institutional asset owners

Regulatory and market news

SSF and sustainable finance in the media

New members joining SSF

Save these dates

Educational opportunities in sustainable finance

New studies & reports

Varia from our network

SSF launches handbook for institutional asset owners

This handbook (available in German and French) is the result of a close collaboration with over 30 expert authors and contributors.


With the target audience being pension funds, foundations, insurance companies, family offices and other institutional asset owners, the publication contains a comprehensive overview of the various available sustainable investment strategies as well as concrete tips helpful in implementing a sustainable investment policy.



The publication is supported by the three asset owner associations ASIP, Swiss Insurance Association and SwissFoundations which helps to reach out to important target groups. Read more about the publication


At the Zurich launch event with Marcel Jeucken, Managing Director Responsible Investments at PGGM, giving the keynote, an audience of over 130 came together to discuss and learn about how institutional asset owners implement sustainable investment strategies. In a panel, Anne Gloor (Founder and Board Member, PeaceNexus Foundation), Hubert Niggli (Head of Finance, Suva) and Patrick Uelfeti (Deputy Head of Asset Management, PUBLICA) offered insights into their own sustainable investment policies. Read more and download presentations from the event


For information on the upcoming Lausanne launch event see below


See other events and discussions where SSF took part

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Regulatory and market news

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


Swiss news

Sustainability remains on the agenda of the Swiss federal institutions also in late 2016:

International initiatives

Also internationally, momentum isn't decreasing despite a more insecure international environment.

Market: thought leaders in finance

Market trends


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SSF and sustainable finance in the media


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

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New members and network partners

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

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  • Kieger AG
  • Van Daalen & Cie S.A.
  • Fondazione Ticinese per il II Pilastro

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


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Save these dates


Upcoming SSF Events

  • Lausanne, 16 January 2017, Investisseurs institutionnels et finance durable - concilier performance financière et attentes de la société (This SSF event will be held in French) More details and registration here
  • Bern, 13 June 2017, SSF public side event to Members' Assembly - We will be providing more information closer to the date

Other Events

Further events are listed on our website

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Educational opportunities in sustainable finance

Switzerland offers a growing choice of sustainable finance educational opportunities both on an undergraduate and on an executive level. While the Business School Lausanne has offered a master programme in international and sustainable finance for undergraduate students for some years, the University of Zurich has combined existing and new executive courses to a full Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Sustainable Finance for the first time in 2016. Most recently IFZ, the finance institute of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts based in Zug, has launched a new CAS Sustainable Finance starting in spring 2017 (learn more at one of the info-events).


Whoever wishes to get in-depth training on sustainable finance topics no longer has an excuse: the different courses match varied requirements and offer access to academic research and industry experts (see overview on sustainable finance trainings).


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New reports & studies

Reports you should not miss:


Read these and other recent reports

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Varia from our network


Best regards


The SSF team


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