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Department of Finance Initiative in Sustainable Finance

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Event

Join us for an insightful and engaging experience at the Workshop Journal of Financial Services Research Special Issue on "Social, Sustainable, and Innovative Financial Services". The event will take place at the University of Zurich, Switzerland on 12 June 2024.

More information: Workshop Journal of Financial Services Research Special Issue on "Social, Sustainable, and Innovative Financial Services"

Interview

Alexander Wagner is Professor of Finance at the Department of Finance of the University of Zurich (UZH) and a Senior Chair at the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). In his research, and as part of the Initiative in Sustainable Finance, Wagner investigates fundamental behavioral drivers of human behavior and how financial actors evaluate risks arising from climate change and losses in biodiversity.

Read the interview and learn more about: "Financial markets have an immense potential to drive positive change"

Research Highlight

Banks are increasingly factoring climate risk into the loans they offer to fossil fuel companies, according to this new research paper by Initiative in Sustainable Finance theme lead Steven Ongena et al. As a result, companies holding on to large reserves of coal, oil, and gas could face significantly higher borrowing costs in the future, especially in regions with stricter climate policies.

Get more insights: Fossil fuel firms face growing loan rates as climate concerns mount: will this accelerate their decline?

Launch Event

The Initiative in Sustainable Finance was officially launched on 5 March 2024 in the Aula of the University of Zurich. Initiative in Sustainable Finance Launch Event

Introducing the "Initiative in Sustainable Finance"

This new initiative by the Department of Finance at the University of Zurich builds bridges between academia and industry, policymakers, and society. Learn more: Launch of the "Initiative in Sustainable Finance" by the Department of Finance at the University of Zurich