Supporting Clarmondial efforts to facilitate dialogue on Integrating Natural Capital in Swiss Finance

15 January 2014 | Zurich, Switzerland

UNEP FI joined the 1st Zurich Natural Capital Roundtable, hosted by Clarmondial, a supporter of UNEP FI Natural Capital Declaration. The meeting organizers facilitated a dialogue on the importance of integrating Natural Capital considerations in the finance sector, connecting around 40 Swiss stakeholders interested in this topic. The meeting, where Clarmondial, UNEP FI, SwissRe, Credit Suisse, the Global Canopy Program and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment presented their perspectives on the topic, showed the unique role and needed collaboration of different stakeholders to achieve the integration of natural capital in finance, at both international and national, in particular Swiss, contexts. The lively discussion revealed the existing challenges for mainstreaming Natural Capital considerations within the Swiss financial industry, but also the opportunities for doing so. The meeting also introduced the newly emerging Swiss sustainable finance association, and identified possible steps for action towards increasing the integration of Natural Capital within financial institutions in Switzerland.