Sustainable Finance: Inspired by Christiana Figueres – A Podcast on the Effect of Stubborn Optimism


Sustainable Finance: Inspired by Christiana Figueres – A Podcast on the Effect of Stubborn Optimism

Sabine Döbeli, CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance, remembers a time when sustainable financial markets were still a niche topic. Find out why Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres was already an inspiration back then and where the Swiss financial center stands today.

Who is Christiana Figueres?

Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for six years, including in 2015, when the United Nations adopted the Paris Climate Agreement – a historic milestone in the fight against climate change. To achieve this goal, Figueres had to overcome plenty of skepticism and build many bridges. In doing so, she exuded values such as perseverance, empathy, stubbornness, and optimism.

Sabine Döbeli also reflects on these values. She is CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF). The association aims to further strengthen Switzerland’s position as a leading voice in the field of sustainable finance, and thus contribute to a sustainable and flourishing economy.

Green Washing and ESG Burn-Out

Over the years, sustainable finance has become a mainstream topic. But this was not always the case. In the latest edition of our podcast, Döbeli talks about the early days of SSF, mentions current challenges such as green washing, reporting, incomplete product information, and the flood of new regulations. She also explains why the danger of ESG burn-out lurks ahead.

Listen to the Latest Episode

In our “Inspired by” podcast series experts from SIX and other representatives of the financial center tell host Hannah Wise about their inspirations. Never miss an episode by subscribing to our podcast via Spotify or Apple.

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