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Switzerland to be the world leader in sustainable finance by 2015

09/07/2013

Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) and The Sustainability Forum Zürich (TSF) have joined forces to publish a white paper with objective to sharpen Switzerland’s competitive positioning in sustainable finance. SFG has decided to turn this vision and Switzerland’s unique combination of strengths into six proposals for sustainable finance.

Switzerland’s unique combination of strengths in sustainable finance can create a long-term competitive advantage in attracting professionals, ideas, and institutions. 

Switzerland is not the only place where such opportunities are addressed. A number of other financial centres like London and Luxemburg have taken first steps to turn them into profitable business. 

SFG and The Sustainability Forum Zürich (TSF) have joined forces to publish a white paper with objective to sharpen Switzerland’s competitive positioning in sustainable finance. It is based on extensive research undertaken by SFG and TSF as well as on interviews with 30 influential regulators, politicians and decision-makers in Switzerland. White Paper “Path to the Sustainable Financial Centre Switzerland”.

SFG has decided to turn this vision and Switzerland’s unique combination of strengths into six proposals for sustainable finance: the first four are concrete recommendations to accelerate its market development and the last two are suggestions to promote its framework conditions.

1.    Creation of a sustainable funds structure specifically designed for responsible investment strategies based on social and/or environmental criteria
2.    Development of fiscal incentives
3.    Creation of a brokerage platform
4.    Creation of a specific stock exchange to list social companies
5.    Signing the international “The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)” initiative
6.    Introduction at national level of certified professional training

With its six concrete proposals, SFG wants to initiate the debate and dialogue with the different actors.  Switzerland has to take this unique opportunity for its financial center. 

Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG)

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