The event, which the CCRS held on 30 June 2020 at the University of Zurich, focused on the question of the extent to which Swiss SMEs could be better supported with practical instruments in their efforts to operate more sustainably.
In this context, an inventory of existing sustainability assessment tools and their suitability for SMEs was first presented. Subsequently, the ESG rating tool was presented, which was developed and tested at the CCRS in collaboration with the Renaissance Investment Foundation. Designed to enable the ESG performance of an SME to be measured and compared within the respective sector.
Together with the ZHAW Institute of Financial Management and the Risk Solution Network (RSN), the CCRS aims to develop a financially self-sustaining and user-friendly ESG rating platform that could be used by SMEs to prepare for future and possibly better challenges and to negotiate terms and conditions with financial institutions and large customers. The Confederation would also have numerous instruments at its disposal to make its use lucrative for SMEs. The online platform would be complementary and not a substitute for existing SME sustainability certifications.
The event ended with a panel discussion with various representatives from business, administration and finance. Hans-Ruedi Mosberger from the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) gave the closing address.
Documents and presentations (all in German):
CCRS Aktivitäten im Bereich Nachhaltigkeitsratings
Evaluation bestehender Tools zur ESG Bewertung
Vorstellung und USP des CCRS Ratingtools (Prototyp)
Projektvorschlag zur Entwicklung einer selbsttragenden online ESG Rating Plattform für KMUs basierend auf dem CCRS/Renaissance Prototyp
Sichtweise der Renaissance Anlagestiftung