For sustainable development

Asset management has a central role to play in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and the Paris Agreement’s climate targets. The Swiss asset management industry and AMAS as its representative are working together with the federal authorities to turn Switzerland into a leading international hub for sustainable financial products and services.

Generally speaking, financial services in which environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are factored into business and investment decisions for the long-term benefit of both clients and society at large are referred to as “sustainable finance”.

Swiss asset managers are pioneers in sustainable finance and have established it as an internationally recognized and successful business model.

The Swiss financial center is seeing strong growth in sustainable and climate-friendly investments. AMAS is committed to ensuring the integrity and transparency of investment products marketed as sustainable as well as compliance with quality standards, good governance, and best practices.

Switzerland’s leadership ambition in sustainable finance should be expressed through high standards of quality in asset and portfolio management, adding long-term value and forming part of a Swiss sustainable finance ecosystem in partnership with the authorities, academia, and business. The overarching economic and social aims here are to make a substantial contribution to achieving the 17 SDGs and to play a part in the transition to a decarbonized global economy.

Sustainable Asset Management without Greenwashing: How Switzerland can live up to its claim to leadership

In line with the Federal Council’s strategy for the financial center, the Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS) has set itself the aim of establishing Switzerland as a leading hub for sustainable asset management and making financial flows climate compatible. There are various prerequisites for achieving this, including the avoidance of greenwashing.

AMAS’s position paper, May 2022

Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study

Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) publishes its detailed Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study every year: