ICMA and Swiss Sustainable Finance joint conference: Developments in the green bond markets – the Swiss perspective



Date: 29 January 2020
Venue: Zurich

Event overview

The global market for green bonds, providing finance for tackling climate change and other environmental projects, is growing rapidly, with Q3 2019 seeing green bond issuance at a historical high of over $35 billion.

In Switzerland, the momentum behind green bonds is beginning to build. This conference, jointly organised by ICMA and Swiss Sustainable Finance was an opportunity to hear about regional developments, with major Swiss issuers and investors describing the advantages of this form of finance.

In addition to the Swiss market perspective, there was a presentation on international trends in the green bond market and on green and sustainable loans. 


14.00 Registration
Welcome Remarks
Stephanino Isele, Head Institutionals & Multinationals, Zürcher Kantonalbank

Opening Remarks
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA
Keynote: Mobilizing capital through green bonds and beyond
Daniel Wild, Global Head of ESG strategy, Credit Suisse
Case Studies
Issuer case study – Dario Laterza, Head of Funding, Treasury, Zürcher Kantonalbank
Investor case study - Pascal Zbinden, Co-Head SAA & Markets, Swiss Re
Coffee Break

Presentation: Green Loan Principles and Sustainable Linked Loan Principles
Clare Dawson, Chief Executive, Loan Market Association
Panel Discussion: Green Finance in Switzerland- the market view 
Samantha Sutcliffe, Head of Green and Sustainable Bonds, UBS Investment Bank

Christian Hofer, Head Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Raiffeisen Switzerland
Adriana Jost, Head of Treasury, République et canton de Genève
Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
Wilhelm Schäfer, Head AM Fixed Income Core & Systematic, J. Safra Sarasin
Presentation: Trends in the international green bond market
Nicholas Pfaff, Secretary of the Green Bond Principles (GBP) and the Social Bond Principles (SBP), ICMA

Closing Remarks
Sabine Döbeli, Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Sustainable Finance
17.45 Networking Reception  
19.00 Event Close