Delegations from thirty members of the International Network of Financial Centers for Sustainability (FC4S) gathered in Geneva in October. On this occasion, Switzerland was pleased to organize a sustainable finance week that culminated in the Building Bridges Summit on October 10  that brought together 800 high level participants, 26 partners, and 36 speakers.

With this initiative, Switzerland crystallized the ‘Building Bridges’ vision into a reality, positioning its sustainable finance ecosystem as a clear unique selling proposition for the world.

All feedback confirms that this ‘first-of-its-kind’ initiative was a milestone, a benchmark, that has laid the groundwork for promising future endeavors. It is now widely agreed that we have an extraordinary ecosystem with latent potential for deriving profit with a purpose.

Since October, the future of Building Bridges has been discussed from Zurich to Bern and on both side of Lake Geneva, with many great ideas and big ambitions for sustainable finance and Switzerland.

With the success achieved in the first edition, we are all looking forward to bringing this initiative to the next level.

The Summit in 4'44''
Week's highlights
Programme 2019
08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10

CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Patrick Odier – Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group

09:10 - 09:25
Are you a bridge builder?

Our potential is immense. We are here to gain traction.

Fabio Sofia – President, Sustainable Finance Geneva
Sandrine Salerno
Mayor of Geneva

09:25 - 09:40
Why Switzerland should take the lead in sustainable finance

Political insights on the Swiss sustainable finance ecosystem and the opportunity to lead the way on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ueli Maurer President of the Swiss Confederation

09:40 - 10:50
Conversation with key players #1
Building Bridges

Reaching a shared understanding on the potential of the Swiss and Geneva ecosystem to connect investment and impact

MODERATOR: Saadia Zahidi – Managing Director, New Economies and Societies World Economic Forum
KEYNOTES: Tatiana Valovaya – Director-General, UN Geneva Office / Sergio P. Ermotti – CEO, UBS Group AG
PANELISTS: Daniela Stoffel – State Secretary for International Finance / Thomas Vellacott – CEO, WWF Switzerland / Philipp Rickenbacher – CEO, Julius Baer


10:50 - 11:20
Coffee & Networking
11:20 - 11:30
Building bridges for a sustainable future

Peter Bakker – President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

11:30 - 11:55
Conversation with key players #2
Circular economy

Investing in the transition towards a more regenerative, inclusive and distributive economy

LEAD DISCUSSANT: Andrea Brown – Head of Impact, Quadia
DISCUSSANTS: Jean-Marc Duvoisin – CEO, Nespresso / André Hoffmann – Vice Chairman, Roche & President, Fondation MAVA

11:55 - 12:05
How digital contributes to accelerate financial inclusion – an outlook from a fast moving country

Patrick Njoroge – Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya

12:05 - 12:30
Conversation with key players #3
Digitalization, a game changer for sustainable finance?

Digital technologies can be creatively combined into entirely new sustainable digital finance products to accelerate sustainable investing

LEAD DISCUSSANT: Bertrand Gacon – Co-Founder & CEO, Impaakt
DISCUSSANTS: Simon Zadek – Principal, UNDP / Philipp Aeby – CEO, RepRisk

12:30 - 12:45
Adapting the framework to a changing world

Yves Mirabaud – President, Geneva Financial Centre
Pierre Maudet State Councillor, Geneva

12:45 - 14:10
Lunch & Networking
14:10 - 14:20
It's time for sustainable finance

Sabine Döbeli – CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance

14:20 - 15:10
Meet the experts #1
What are the highest standards in ESG integration? Can Switzerland lead the way?

The dynamism and expertise of the Asset Management industry to showcase and discuss the benefits, limitations and future of ESG integration

MODERATOR: Fiona Frick – CEO, Unigestion SA
KEYNOTE: Manuel Leuthold – President of the Board of compenswiss  (Swiss Federal Social Security Funds)
PANELISTS: Claudia Bolli – Head of Responsible Investing, Swiss-Re / Natasha Braginsky Mounier – ESG Investment Director, Capital Group / Jan Poser – Chief Strategist & Head of Sustainability, Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd

15:10 - 15:30
Conversation with the audience

Nadia Isler – Director, SDG Lab
Melchior de Muralt – Managing Partner, de Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie SA

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee & Networking
16:00 - 16:10
Latest insights from research on sustainable finance

Philipp Krüger – Associate Professor, Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI)

16:10 - 16:50
Meet the experts #2
Engagement for a stronger and measurable impact?

The central role of institutional investors: how to make engagement the norm rather than the exception? What can we learn from the Swiss experience and what comes next?

MODERATOR: Roland Dominicé – CEO, Symbiotics SA
PANELISTS: Andreas von Planta – Member of the Board of Directors, Novartis AG / Monika Beck – Member of the Management Board, DEG  / Stefan Bichsel – Member of the Executive Board, Head of the Asset Management & Trading Division, BCV / Daniel Wild – Global Head of ESG Strategy, Credit Suisse

16:50 - 17:05
The path to 2030

Arancha Gonzalez – Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre

17:05 - 17:20
Closing remarks

Laurent Ramsey – Partner and CEO, Pictet Asset Management

17:20 - 17:30
Bridge Builders
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Organized jointly by Sustainable Finance Geneva, Swiss Sustainable Finance and the Geneva Financial Center, this landmark Event was the result of a successful collaboration between the financial community and representatives of International Geneva and the federal, cantonal and municipal authorities.