GES is pleased to announce that the Swiss Association for Responsible Investments (SVVK-ASIR) has appointed GES as its engagement provider to conduct dialogue with companies from its members’ investment portfolios. The engagement will cover a selection of companies in breach of sustainability norms as determined by the Federal Constitution and/or international norms and conventions such as the UN Global Compact. SVVK-ASIR considers engagement to be the most effective tool to support the interests of its members that together manage more than CHF 150 billion in assets. GES has been selected to serve as the engagement provider due to its extensive network and expertise in engagement.

Hanna Robert, CEO of GES says: “We welcome this major Swiss initiative and are confident that our partnership with SVVK-ASIR will add further leverage to our international engagement efforts. We have seen many interesting developments within Swiss responsible investing the past few years, and this new assignment confirms that Switzerland is becoming a key player in the European RI community.”

SVVK-ASIR was founded in December 2015 by a group of major institutional investors – BVK (canton of Zurich), compenswiss (the umbrella organisation for the Swiss first pillar scheme AHV/AVS), comPlan (Swisscom), Pensionskasse Post (postal service),  Pensionskasse SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), PUBLICA (Swiss Federal Pension Fund) and Suva (accident insurance fund). The association aims to provide services to its members that enable them to holistically act responsibly towards the environment, the economy and society through their investment decisions.

For further information please contact Patrick Wirth at patrick.wirth@ges-invest.com, +41 43 535 99 38.