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.
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.
Watch the video recording of the last SL4SF panel discussion