At CSP, our work is based on two important developments:
- Sustainable Finance has emerged as a key opportunity to deploy large amounts of capital for financial returns and positive social and environmental outcomes. Sustainable Finance can become a key driver for sustainable development.
- Private Wealth has become highly concentrated. Today, 0.7% of the global population control more than 50% of total private wealth, as well as many of the world’s largest conglomerates, companies and foundations. Many wealth owners are deeply interested in Sustainable Finance, but lack the capacity to engage.
To bring these two phenomena together, our research and teaching work is uniquely positioned at the nexus of sustainable finance and private wealth.
As such, our goal is to activate private wealth and sustainable finance, at scale, as a substantial driver for sustainable development.
Impact Investing & Blended Finance for Development Agencies & Foundations Program - Zurich, August 2018
In 2018, we pioneered the IIBF executive program for development agencies and foundations, with our partners Social Finance Academy and Convergence. Join the 2nd cohort of the program in August 2019, it is open for sign-ups. Get an impression from the first successful program through this short video:
IRI Harvard/CSP Zurich Impact Investing for the Next Generation Program - Zurich, March 2019
This unique research and education program was initiated in 2015 in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. We run it together with our partner, the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Harvard Kennedy School. The 5th cohort of the program starts in October 2019 and is open for sign-ups. Watch our short video to get an impression:
Impact Investing Excursion - Kenya, February 2018
Upon invitation from the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, CSP took 10 private impact investors to and around Nairobi during a week of visiting social entrepreneurs on the ground, dinners with local investors, and the Sankalp Conference. Experience the trip here:
oikos Young Scholars Finance Academy Roundtable - Zurich, Sept. 2017
CSP hosted 60 scholars and practitioners for a lively exchange and open debate to advance sustainable finance at the nexus of research and practice. Get an impression through our short video:
Launch Apéro - Zurich, July 2017
70 leaders in sustainable finance and private wealth celebrated our official launch, overlooking Zurich during a beautiful summer-evening. Watch the video with key highlights, including comments from major donors and the president of University of Zurich:
Soft launch & Impact Investing Excursion - Rwanda, February 2017
The soft-launch of the Center in February 2017 was marked by a hands-on impact investing learning trip in Rwanda for a group of ten private investors. Experience the trip here: