The Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) association is a new platform that brings together broad know-how in sustainable finance. More than 60 organisations – financial service providers, investors, research organisations, public sector entities and others – have joined forces to foster social and environmental aspects in investment and financing solutions. Planned activities include the development of practical tools, promotion of training and education for financial specialists as well as provision of market data and in order to foster further integration of sustainability principles into the Swiss financial marketplace.
“As one of the world’s leading companies in Microfinance, we fully support the initiative to create a platform like Swiss Sustainable Finance. With our longstanding experience in responsible financing we are confident that we can make a valuable contribution to this association”, says Dr. Patrick Scheurle, BlueOrchard’s Chief Operating Officer. Swiss firms contribute significantly to international developments in this field through their innovative products and services. Today, CHF 57 billion in sustainable assets are managed in Switzerland, a significant proportion of which is for international clients. One third of global microfinance investments are managed by Swiss players.
BlueOrchard Finance S.A. was founded in 2001 as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. To this day, the company has deployed in excess of USD 2.5bn in loans to microfinance institutions, providing access to microcredit to over 30 million individuals across 50 countries. Investors in BlueOrchard-managed funds include private and institutional investors, supranational institutions as well as renowned foundations. The company employs highly experienced staff with backgrounds in traditional and development finance.
About Swiss Sustainable Finance
Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) aims to promote Switzerland as the leading centre for sustainable finance. More than 60 organisations – financial service providers, investors, research organisations, public sector entities and others – have joined forces to foster social and environmental aspects in investment and financing solutions. This will create opportunities while strengthening the Swiss financial centre.