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We kick off our RI Switzerland conference next week, part of our Country Spotlight series of responsible investment in Europe’s biggest institutional markets, leading into our flagship RI Europe conference in June, which will focus on the EU Green Deal and Sustainable Finance Action Plan.
Switzerland is a fascinating market, if understated. Its numerous pension funds (collective AUM €750bn+), have traditionally focused on exclusion and ESG integration (mostly for risk management purposes). But recently, engagement, voting, and impact investing have grown significantly. Swiss HNW/private bank investors have stepped up their ESG attention, and in the retail space ESG mutual funds represent just under 6% of the market, albeit growing.
Swiss pension funds are thinly resourced and tend to rely heavily on consultants and ext…