The sustainability investment department (ESG-Solutions) regularly contributes to the promotion of RI through regular research publications, a newsletter and / or public presentations. Addtionally, Zürcher Kantonalbank has launched 2011 a sustainability indicator for all equity/fixed income / balanced funds that are in the investment universe of the bank (roughly 1100 funds: Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank funds and third party funds). With three indicators (carbon, reputational risk, corporate governance) each fund portfolio has been measures and quantitatively scored in an easily understandable scale (A to G). The instrument provides more transparency and comparability for relationship managers and clients regarding the sustainability profile of RI and non-RI funds. The new instruments were integrated in different bank's information systems (e.g. Investment Reporting System for Customers).
Throug the cooperation in various industry organisations/universities (eg. Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen, EFFAS ESG commission, AZEK, ZHAW, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF)) a very active contribution with regard to the promotion of and education on ESG issues is made.
A focus of the public policy engagement is 1. directed towards the role of institutional investors and ESG issues, 2. directed towards the organisation of events on new, innovative RI topics and finally 3. directed towards the correct measurement of the RI market. Specifically the interaction with policy makers is usually carried out on a rather informal level.
We offer regulary (at least once a year) workshops for pension funds / foundations on ESG and UN PRI.
In 2011 we launched our sustainability indicator for all equity/fixed income / balanced funds that are in the investment universe of the bank (roughly 900 funds: Funds of Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank and third party funds).
In 2012 we did systematic trainings of roughly 1200 customer relation managers on ESG/RI.
In 2013 we launched first passive ESG investment solutions for pension funds.
In 2014 we repositioned an existing Swiss Equities Fund Enhanced and included ESG-Scores (laggard-out) and Exclusion Criteria.
We also started a project in 2014 to integrate ESG Data into Financial Analysis with our Financialresearch-Department for equities. We deliver basic ESG-Data to be considered in their analysis.
Since 2014, for all active global equity funds, comprehensive ESG-Data (such as general ESG-Scores, Carbon Footprint, Reputational Risks or Governance Issues and so on) are integrated in a standardized way into the quality assessment of the companies on the opportunity list.
In 2014 we integrated Swisscanto Group. With this merger we gained around 2 Billion Swiss Francs of Sustainable Asset and could significant rise our market share in Switzerland.
In 2015 we implemented our sustainabilty indicator (roughly 900 funds: Funds of Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank funds and third party funds) and a market report about sustainable investments in the asset reporting of our customers.
In 2015 we signed the UN PRI Montréal Pledge and did publish for two sustainable investment funds the carbon footprint.
In 2015 we launched as first Swiss bank fair trade (Max Havelaar) gold ingots.
In 2015/16 we participated in the Swiss Input for the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System: „Proposals for a Roadmap towards a Sustainable Financial System in Switzerland”.
In 2015/16 we were running a project in the field of property with the Center for Corporate Responsability and Sustainability (CCRS) of the University of Zurich. The project is based on the results of a former project (20110/11) and explores the relation between sustainabilty risks and financial performance in property portfolios.
In 2015/16/17 Zürcher Kantonalbank was supporting a study together with the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) of the University of Zurich in the field of soft commodities:
‚Agricultural Commodity Trade & Price Volatility‘. The project was finalised in July 2017. The results were published in a working paper and in a peer-review journal.
In 2015/16/17 we did a joint student project (Zürcher Kantonalbank and oikos) for analysing companies of Swiss Banks (Education on sustainable finance/analysis, portfolio construction, support of building up a research process and backing of analysis). Details about the project are available under: https://products.swisscanto.com/dam/jcr:f004e0d1-4083-4878-a846-e099ef2d7a9b
In 2016 we established a position for the coordination of our UN PRI activities in the product management department.
In 2016 we incorporated ESG-Data into the portfolio managementtool of our fixed-income fundamental management team.
In June 2016 we joined the PRI collaboration platform.
In 2016 we published a report about ESG-Integration in the fundamental management of equities.
In 2016 we started with the implementation of a energy controlling system. The system will comprise a database with energy characteristics of all our around 340 buildings (CHF 7.8 Bio Assets). We strive to reduce our CO2 emission significantly until 2022 (10% reduction per year). We will optimize 19 major and 215 medium-sized properties.
In 2016 we implemented in the stock selection of our sustainable equities the "sustainability impact" of a company.
In 2017 we participated in a working group of Swiss Sutainable Finance to publish the report: Sustainable investing: A unique opportunity for Swiss Private Wealth Management – Ten arguments and practical tools for client advisors. This SSF report, accompanied by a short film on this topic, highlights the opportunity created for Swiss private banking by the combination of Swiss strengths and clients’ growing demand for investments with a positive social and environmental impact.
In 2017 we extended our definition of producers of controversial weapons: In addition to the existing criterias we do exclude the producers of small and light arms.
In 2017 we participated in a working group of Swiss Sustainable Finance to publish the first Swiss Market Report about Sustainable Investments.
In 2017 Zürcher Kantonalbank signed the Access to Medicine Index Investor Statement.