Swiss Sustainable Finance

Press release - 14.00 h
Sustainable Swiss financial centre: The train picks up speed
Zurich, 24 October 2014 Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) held its first public event at the SIX
Convention Point in Zurich on Thursday afternoon. The Association aims to advance sustainability
in all financial services and strengthen Switzerland as a leading centre for sustainable finance. At
the well-attended event 'Towards a sustainable Swiss financial centre: combining strengths for
success', State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Head of SECO, and Marianne Fay, Chief
Economist of the Climate Change Group at the World Bank highlighted the opportunities created
for Switzerland by the financial centre's focus on sustainability. Features as quality, innovation
and profound financial know-how will be in high demand. Although some critical voices were
heard during the panel discussion, the consensus was that the prospects for a sustainable Swiss
financial centre are good. The train picks up speed.
State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch opened the first public event of Swiss Sustainable
Finance (SSF). The Head of SECO explained the countless advantages that can be generated by a
combination of Switzerland, sustainability and finance to more than 200 participants. This also with a
view to the UN goals for sustainable development: private sector initiatives such as SSF may provide
new approaches to investment and alternative solutions and at the same time open up new business
Marianne Fay, Chief Economist of the Climate Change Group at the World Bank emphasised the
fundamental changes currently being seen in the business world. The readiness, in fact the urgency, to
combat climate change is growing at a more rapid pace than the financial resources required for this
endeavour. "If we do not want to cook our planet, we have to shape our growth more ecological. The
capital demand for sustainable global development is enormous. A country such as Switzerland can
become an important player in this field and create new market opportunities for itself." SSF Chairman
Klaus Tischhauser is convinced that it is no longer open to question that sustainable finance is a viable
business concept for the Swiss financial centre. The only question that remains is how quickly the
protagonists can agree on a common strategy and join forces to achieve these goals. Time is of the
essence, as the foreign competition is not sleeping.
Under the direction of Haig Simonian, an international panel of experts representing various financial
sectors - Ivo Germann, SECO; Ivo Knoepfel, OnValues; Burkhard Varnholt, Julius Baer; Daniel Wild,
RobecoSAM; Scott Williams, PWC - then engaged in a lively discussion of the opportunities and risks
that will emerge from a sustainable Swiss financial centre. The participants agreed that Switzerland
boasts excellent structures and a wealth of knowledge. In the near future the term ‘sustainable’ would
become superfluous as the legal environment will require this approach. Some were sceptical about
the speed of implementation: global institutional investors demand the kind of solutions that are not
yet on offer.
Sabine Döbeli, CEO of SSF stressed the importance of information and effective cooperation in
meeting this trend. "The current 73 members and network partners of SSF are confident about the
potential of sustainable financial investments. By promoting sustainability in financial services with
reliable data and customised training courses, we will collectively strengthen Switzerland as a financial
Contact: Sabine Döbeli, CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, tel.: 058 283 62 16,
E-mail: [email protected],
Jean Laville, Deputy CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, Geneva, tel.: 022 907 71 06,
E-mail: [email protected]
Swiss Sustainable Finance is the central point of information for all issues relating to sustainable finance in Switzerland. The
association brings together financial and non-financial service providers, investors, universities and business schools, public
sector entities and other interested organisations to foster the integration of sustainability principles into all financial services
and strengthen Switzerland as the leading centre for sustainable finance. SSF closely cooperates with Sustainable Finance
Geneva to reach this goal.
Find more information on Swiss Sustainable Finance in our new brochure.
List of all 73 members and network partners of Swiss Sustainable Finance (23.10.2014)
Abels Avocats
Adveq Management AG
AlphaMundi Group Ltd.
AST FEE Schweiz. Anlagest. Für Erneuerbare Energien
Bamboo Finance
Bank J. Safra Sarasin
Banque Bonhôte & Cie SA
Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA
Banque Pâris Bertrand Sturdza SA
Banque SYZ & CO SA
Baumann & Cie
BHP - Brugger and Partners Ltd.
BlueOrchard Finance S.A.
Café Europe Textagentur GmbH
CONINCO Explorers in finance SA
Conser Invest
Contrast Capital
Covalence EthicalQuote
De Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co LTD
E2 Management Consulting AG
EBG Investment Solutions
Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) S.A.
Emerald Technology Ventures Inc.
Ethos Foundation
Fondation Guilé
ForestFinance Ltd.
Forma Futura Invest Inc.
Fundo SA
Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation
Globalance Bank
Helvetia Insurance
Inrate Ltd
Julius Baer Group Ltd
LGT Group
Nest Collective Foundation
Notenstein Private Bank Ltd
Partners Group
Prakriti Projects Ltd.
Raiffeisen Switzerland
RepRisk AG
responsAbility Investments AG
RobecoSAM AG
South Pole Group
Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM)
Swiss Mobiliar Cooperative Company
Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
Swiss Re
Swisscanto Asset Management Ltd.
Symbiotics SA
The Pictet Group
Thurgauer Kantonalbank
Zurmont Madison Private Equity
Network partners
Business School Lausanne
Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainabiliy (CCRS) at the University of Zurich
Center for Microfinance, Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich
Center for Responsibility in Finance, Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich
Economic Development, City of Zurich
ETH Sustainability - ETH Zürich
Geneva Finance Research Institute - University of Geneva
Office for Economy and Labour, Canton of Zurich
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Sustainable Finance Geneva
WWF Switzerland