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Type Master's Thesis
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title A Sustainable investing approach to Swiss pension funds and the specific case of Ticino
Organization Unit
  • Oliver Stöckli
  • Thorsten Hens
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Faculty Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
Number of Pages 68
Date 2022
Abstract Text The crises that have occurred in recent years, especially Covid-19, have brought attention back to a crisis that has been going on for much longer and promises much more catastrophic damage, the climate crisis (Hepburn et al. (2020)). This focus, especially in the economic sphere, is represented by the enormous increase in the popularity of sustainable investing. In economics, sustainability evolved from ethical investments, which have been present mainly in the religious sphere for thousands of years. An example is the Jewish doctrine (Schwartz (2003)), which restricts investments related to the production of controversial weapons, the destruction of trees or the contamination of water. The transition to the use of the term Sustainable Investing (or Socially Responsible Investing, SRI) in the literature definitely took place in the 1980s and 1990s (Townsend (2020)). In those years, a rise in sustainable funds was observed, with the first SRI mutual fund created in 1971 as a gesture of revolt against companies linked to the Vietnam War (Gittell et al. (2012)).
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