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Above-average growth in sustainable investments – increased interest from institutional investors as a driver

Jun 23, 2016

According to the Swiss Market Report Sustainable Investments 2017, the volume of sustainable investments in Switzerland rose by 39% year-on-year to CHF 266 billion at the end of 2016.

Thanks to the increasing importance for asset owners, the share of institutional funds in the sustainable investment market has risen to 82 %. Sustainable funds already account for 7% of the total fund market.

Human rights are the focal point of this year’s market report, which reflects its growing importance in the business world.

The complete study on the development of sustainable investments in Switzerland can be found here.

Financial market infrastructure provider SIX announced today the launch of a new climate data offering, aimed at supporting investors in reporting and monitoring of climate factors, and in climate-related investment and risk decision making.

The climate data sets, from various data providers in a range of industries, will provide clients with modelled and reported emissions data, covering over 33,000 companies globally, and bringing together multiple data sets on regulatory, historical and forward-looking climate impacts from providers including MSCI and Inrate. SIX also announced that it has recently entered into an agreement with environmental disclosure platform CDP to offer access to its global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Dataset across various industries.

According to SIX, the new data sets come as investors increasingly require ESG and climate data to monitor investment decisions and to meet growing regulatory disclosure requirements, including the EU’s SFDR and the U.S.’ upcoming SEC Climate Disclosure Rules.

Martina Macpherson, Head ESG Product Strategy and Management, Financial Information, SIX, said:

“Understanding, measuring and managing climate risk and opportunities, as well as the impact that these can have on investment decisions, is a critical area of focus for market participants and policy makers alike. As more climate risk monitoring and reporting is required globally, the cost of compliance is increasing – both in operations and in terms of specialist ESG resources. SIX works with established providers of basic and specific ESG and climate data in the market.”