The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance

The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance was inaugurated in September 2021, thanks to the generosity of the Fondation Pictet pour le Développement. The Lab is multistakeholder and transdisciplinary.

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VISION

To become a research center of excellence for impact measurement and reporting. The SL4SF will promote research initiatives by its members in cooperation with Swiss Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Finance Geneva, the Swiss federal and cantonal governments, international organizations, the private sector, universities from low-­‐income countries, and research centres under one (virtual) roof to achieve significant applied research impact on sustainable finance.

 

mission

The Lab advances research and practice in sustainable finance, focusing on the financing of the SDGs. The Lab will train the next generation of social scientists in sustainable finance and help establish norms of sustainability and responsible finance in Switzerland and internationally.

The Lab focuses on the following major question: How can SDG-­related goals be met through sustainable finance and multistakeholder partnerships?

 

current and future research themes

  • Impact investing and measurement – How is impact measured across different dimensions? What is the impact of different types of instruments? Research on the fundamental dual bottom-­‐ line (financial returns and impact).

  • Environment and society – Sustainable finance and the environment with a focus on sectors and respective financial performance. Complementarities between environmental and socially sustainable financial investments.

  • Markets and market participants and assets – The role of institutional investors in the space of sustainable finance. Assessing sustainable finance instruments.

  • Governance and regulation – The focus will be on governments, international organisations, businesses, and civil society. Have impact-­‐related models penetrated their policies and generated additional organizational readiness to deliver? Is it just “talk” (i.e., greenwashing)?

  • Technology and innovation – The role of technological innovation in developing sustainable finance assets. The role of fintech for impact. Lessons from the use of fintech in less advanced economies.

Special Event (Oct. 6, 16:00-17:30)

 

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The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

Project on ESGs and impact: sustainability measurement and reporting

What is the emerging practice of ESG and impact measurement and reporting? Can we bridge the gap between ESG and impact measurement and reporting? In particular, what impact metrics should we also integrate in non-­‐financial firms ESG reporting?
The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

Building Bridges Report 2022

The report, to be published in November 2022, will be a compilation of the main outcomes from the Building Bridges 2022 Summit and Week, organised by Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) on 3-6 October 2022.

SL4SF Members

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Beatrice Weder di Mauro

Geneva Graduate Institute

Professor, International Economics; Faculty Affiliate, Centre for Finance and Development; and President, CEPR

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Christoph Baumann

Swiss State Secretariat for International Finance

Envoy of the State Secretary for Sustainable Finance

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Dorothee Baumann-Pauly

University of Geneva

Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights; and Research Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

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Patrick Behr

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Postdoctoral Researcher; and Fellow, Center for Climate Finance and Sustainability

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Tony Berrada

University of Geneva

Professor of Finance; Head of the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI)

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Godfred A. Bokpin

University of Ghana

Professor of Finance

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Jean-Philippe Bonardi

E4S Centre

Co-Managing Director, Enterprise for Society Center (E4S Centre); and Professor, Strategic Management & Dean Elect at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne

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Paul Burger

University of Basel

Professor in Sustainability Research; and Head of the Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research

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Gilles Carbonnier

ICRC & Geneva Graduate Institute

Vice-President of the ICRC; Professor, International Economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute; Faculty Associate, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Centre for Finance and Development, and Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

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Juan Luis Coderque Galligo

ICRC

Head of New Financing Models/Innovative Finance

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Jean-Pierre Danthine

E4S Centre

Co-Managing Director, Enterprise for Society Center (E4S Centre); Professor of Management of Technology, EPFL; and President, Paris School of Economics

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Sabine Döbeli

Swiss Sustainable Finance

CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF)

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Vanina Farber

E4S Centre

Dean, Executive MBA; and elea Chair for Social Innovation, IMD

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Rajna Gibson Brandon

University of Geneva

Professor of Finance; Director and President of the Foundation Board of the Geneva Institute for Wealth Management (GIWM); and Member of the SNB Bank Council

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Neil Gregory

Johns Hopkins University

Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies

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Anna-Riikka Kauppinen

Geneva Graduate Institute

Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development; Member of the Anthropology of Tax Network

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Julian Kölbel

University of St. Gallen

Assistant Professor for Sustainable Finance

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Philipp Krueger

University of Geneva

Professor, Responsible Finance; and Senior Chair, Swiss Finance Institute

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Frank C. Krysiak

University of Basel

Professor in Environmental Economics

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Markus Leippold

University of Zurich

Professor in Financial Engineering; Visiting Researcher at Google (Natural Language Processing)

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Kristen McNeill

Geneva Graduate Institute

Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Sociology and Pictet Chair in Finance and Development

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Camilo Mondragon Velez

IFC

Senior Research Officer; and Head of the IFC Modeling Team

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Eric Nowak

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Professor, Financial Management and Accounting; and Director, Center for Climate Finance and Sustainability

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Ugo Panizza

Geneva Graduate Institute

Professor, International Economics & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development; Director, International Centre for Monetary and Banking studies; Deputy Director, Centre for Finance and Development; Faculty Associate, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

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Stefano Ramelli

University of St. Gallen

Assistant Professor in Corporate Finance

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Sandrine Salerno

Sustainable Finance Geneva

Director of Sustainable Finance Geneva

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Nathan Sussman

Geneva Graduate Institute

Professor, International Economics & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development; Director, Centre for Finance and Development (CFD); and Director, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

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Lore Vandewalle

Geneva Graduate Institute

Professor, International Economics & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development; Faculty Affiliate, Centre for Finance and Development; and Faculty Affiliate, Gender Centre

SL4SF Staff

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Giovanni Donato

PhD Researcher, International Economics, Geneva Graduate Institute

Research Assistant, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI), Geneva Graduate Institute

Report Writer, Building Bridges Report 2022, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

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Matteo Ficarra

PhD Researcher, International Economics Department, Geneva Graduate Institute

Research Assistant, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Geneva Graduate Institute

Research Assistant, Project on ESGs and impact: sustainability measurement and reporting, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

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Melita Leousi, PhD

Managing Director, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

Research Fellow, Centre for Finance and Development

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Helena Ting, PhD

PhD in International Economics, Geneva Graduate Institute

Research Analyst, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

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Tim van Doorne

Digital Communication Officer, Centre for Finance and Development (CFD) and Communication Officer, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

GFRI Research Intern, Project on ESGs and impact: sustainability measurement and reporting, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

SL4SF Scientific Advisory Board

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Patrick Bolton

Imperial College Business School

Professor of Finance and Economics

Chair, SL4SF Scientific Advisory Board

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Leora Klapper

The World Bank

Lead Economist, Development Economics

Member, SL4SF Scientific Advisory Board

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Smitha Radhakrishnan

Wellesley College

Luella LaMer Professor of Women's Studies

Professor of Sociology

Member, SL4SF Scientific Advisory Board

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Laura Starks

University of Texas at Austin

Professor of Finance, McCombs School of Business

George Kozmetsky Centennial University Distinguished Chair

Member, SL4SF Scientific Advisory Board

 

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