Webinar series: ESG for Swiss asset managers – Episode 7

About the webinar series

While the ESG shift continues to bring exciting opportunities to the asset management industry, managers in Switzerland are also facing significant challenges in interpreting and implementing EU regulations, understanding local market practices both in Switzerland and abroad, and addressing data transparency issues and greenwashing risks.

With this series of short webinars, we aim to bring concise and practical information and guidance to asset managers in Switzerland in tackling the challenges that ESG brings. 

In the seventh episode of the series, our focus was on the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. We’ve discussed the background and intentions of the initiative, before moving on to the practical challenges involved in implementation and best practices for overcoming them. We’ve also discussed Swiss-specific elements including the Swiss Climate Score. What’s more, we dived deeper into these topics with an expert guest panel.

Agenda: Episode 7


  • Jack Armstrong, ESG Specialist Asset & Wealth Management, PwC Switzerland

Regulatory snapshot and overview of Net Zero Asset Managers initiative

  • Dr. Antonios Koumbarakis, Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory Leader, PwC Switzerland
  • Jack Armstrong, ESG Specialist Asset & Wealth Management, PwC Switzerland
Discussion and Q&A panel – Net zero for asset managers: practical challenges and best practices


Jack Armstrong
Director, ESG Specialist Asset & Wealth Management, PwC Switzerland

Dr. Antonios Koumbarakis
Partner, Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory Leader, PwC Switzerland

Dimitri Senik
Director, Investor Trust Services Leader, PwC Switzerland

Kelly Hess
Director Projects, Swiss Sustainable Finance

Dr. Ece Satar Pfister
Climate Specialist – Active Ownership, Credit Suisse Asset Management

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Previous event recordings

Episode 6

The focus of the sixth episode in the series was on pension funds. We discussed the regulatory backdrop in Switzerland, including in particular the latest guidance and recommendations on ESG Investment Reporting from the Swiss Pension Funds Association ASIP, and what this means in a practical sense – both from the perspective of pension funds themselves and for the Swiss asset managers that manage their investments and their investment reporting providers. During the webinar, we dived deeper into these topics with an expert guest panel including representatives from the City of Zurich Pension Fund, UBS and Zürich Cantonal Bank.

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Episode 5

In the fifth episode of the series, we focused on the impact of SFDR Level II, which came into force from 1 January 2023. In particular, we discussed the related challenges faced and practical processes that have been implemented by players in Swiss market in order to satisfy the reporting requirements for EU funds. The guest panel included representatives from two major Swiss asset managers and from PwC Luxembourg.

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Episode 4

In the fourth episode of the series, we have discussed recent updates to the regulatory timeline in Switzerland and the EU and shared findings from our recent publication entitled “Greenwashing and Greenwishing”. We've then discussed practical issues related to the topic as well as challenges faced by players in the Swiss market. The episode featured a guest panel that included representatives from two large Swiss asset managers as well as Asset Management Association Switzerland.

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Episode 3

In the third episode of the series, we discussed upcoming investment reporting challenges in the context of SFDR and good market practice. We also shareed the results of our recent study survey on ESG investment reporting, which was conducted in partnership with bmpi (bmpi.ch), and includes responses from a total of 28 of the largest Swiss asset managers, custodian banks and asset owners. We discussed the practical implications from the study results, what they mean for Swiss investment managers and investors, and the actions that should be taken.

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Episode 2

In the second episode of the series, we shared lessons learned and practical findings from our recent study highlighting the lack of ESG comparability in fund information documents. We provided practical guidance on tackling the data issues presented by the upcoming SFDR Level 2 regulation, particularly PAI disclosures. Then we discussed the real-life experiences and challenges encountered in implementing best practice ESG processes and controls, with a leading industry player.

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Episode 1

In the first episode, we focused on upcoming EU regulation, including SFDR Level 2, local market practices and regulatory requirements in fund domicile jurisdictions (Luxembourg and Ireland), and observations from a recent study that we conducted in partnership with Conser.

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Contact us

Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong

ESG Specialist Asset & Wealth Management, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 17 85

Dr. Antonios  Koumbarakis

Dr. Antonios Koumbarakis

Partner, Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 45 23

Dimitri Senik

Dimitri Senik

Leader Investor Trust Services, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 79 686 83 62