Swiss Pension Funds and Responsible Investment - WWF 2018/2019 Rating
Posted on 04 February 2019
WWF assesses the 20 largest Swiss pension funds for sustainability.
Following the previous rating in 2015/2016, this new study, conducted by WWF Switzerland and Inrate - an independent sustainability rating agency based in Switzerland - assesses the sustainability of pension fund investments and the level of information provided to beneficiaries.
While the rating shows that most of the pension funds examined consider sustainability, only a few pursue a comprehensive approach that integrates environmental, social, and governance-related aspects into investment processes and decisions.
This means that the majority of the 20 largest Swiss pension funds could still do significanly more to transform their investments and support a sustainable future.
Even pension funds classed as 'Best practice' need to go further, especially in regard to measuring the sustainability impact of their investments as well as the systematic integration of sustainability factors.
"For sustainable development of the second-pillar pension system [in Switzerland], it is crucial that pension funds anchor sustainability risks and opportunities in fund guidelines. This is the only way to ensure comprehensive fiduciary risk management and maximise the potential opportunities and benefits for society and the environment." Thomas Vellacott, CEO, WWF Switzerland