We have a long tradition in sustainable investments. We have been dealing with sustainability since 1996.

Pioneers of sustainability

Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank is a pioneer in the area of sustainable investments. In 2009, Zürcher Kantonalbank was one of the first full-service banks in Europe to sign the six United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). It is thereby reiterating its conviction that the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance themes in investment decisions and active shareholder relations is a prerequisite for fiduciary responsibility in asset management.

Broad-based integration

For us, sustainability does not begin merely with explicitly sustainable funds; rather it is firmly established in our asset management.


We maintain continuous dialogue with companies' management. We are also engaged through the UN PRI Collaboration Platform and various investor initiatives. Actively exercising our voting rights also allows us to create added value in the interests of our investors. This is an integral part of our investment policy. The exercise of voting rights is based on Swiss and international corporate governance regulations as well as the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) which, together, provide a comprehensive package of environmental, social and corporate governance standards regarding the decision-making process. We publish our voting policy transparently. Please read the details about our external link opens new pageexercising of voting rights.


Investments in actively-managed investment products exclude defence companies which, according to international agreements, produce prohibited weapons or violate Swiss sanctions. Swisscanto Invest's blacklist comprises manufacturers of cluster bombs/ammunition, anti-personnel land mines, biological and chemical weapons, small and light arms, military ammunition and explosives and nuclear warheads.

ESG integration

Swisscanto Invest consistently integrates ESG factors (E: environmental, S: social, G: governance) in the fundamental investment process of all actively managed equity products. This identifies substantive risks that have not yet been priced into the valuation and brings another dimension to conventional financial analysis.

Sustainability indicator

We use data from the three aspects of the environment (E), society (S) and corporate governance (G) – the ESG criteria – to report on the degree of sustainability of all of our funds, as well as third-party funds. The funds are divided into sustainability classes from A (highest level) to G (lowest level). This gives customers an indication of how the issue of sustainability is reflected in their investment portfolios.

External Sustainability Advisory Committee

An external, independent Sustainability Advisory Committee monitors our sustainable investment products, in particular their integration of environmental, social and governance aspects, and our complex sustainable investment processes. The advisory committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Elvira Bieri, Chair, Managing Director of SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA, Zurich
  • Paola Ghillani, owner of Paola Ghillani & Friends, Zurich
  • Prof Dr Thomas Stocker, Professor of Climatic and Environmental Physics, University of Berne
  • Prof Dr Werner Aeschbach, Professor of Aquatic Systems, University of Heidelberg

Our commitment with partners


European Transparency Code for Sustainability Funds

By signing the "European Transparency Code for Sustainability Funds", we, as a Swiss fund manager, confirm our commitment to maintaining transparency towards investors. Eurosif is a union of the national professional associations for sustainable investments at the European level.


Principles for Responsible Investment

The six Principles for Responsible Investment supported by the United Nations are environmental, social and governance criteria relevant to the financial market. Zürcher Kantonalbank was one of the first full-service banks in Europe to sign these six Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2009.


Carbon Disclosure Project

Zürcher Kantonalbank has been a signatory of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2005. The CDP is a non-profit organisation aimed at creating greater transparency with regard to climate-destructive greenhouse gas emissions.


Swiss Sustainable Finance

Established in 2014, SSF's mission is to make Switzerland one of the leading centres for sustainable finance. Zürcher Kantonalbank has been a member of Swiss Sustainable Finance since 2015.


Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (University of Zurich)

Zürcher Kantonalbank is a partner of the Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich and supports the research areas of "Sustainable Real Estate", "Financial Performance" and "Sustainable Corporate Management".

Montréal Carbon Pledge

In 2015, Zürcher Kantonalbank was the first Swiss bank to sign the Montréal Carbon Pledge, an investor initiative committed to disclosing the carbon footprint of our equity funds.

Access to Medicine

Swisscanto Invest has been taking into account the results of the Access to Medicine Index since 2017. This index transparently shows pharmaceutical companies that promote access to medicines.