building bridges.

 

Building Bridges Geneva aspires to amplify the effectiveness of policy making in Switzerland to accelerate the flow of private sector investment in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Authorities, international organisations, academics, companies and financial actors all have an important role to play in addressing the world's most significant challenges, from tackling climate change, addressing inequality and building a more sustainable economy.

 

shepherding the transition.

The goal of Building Bridges Geneva is to facilitate the shift to a global economic model that can fulfil the needs of a sustainable, just society, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement, and other relevant national and international agreements. Building Bridges does this by discerning, advocating for and contributing to the execution of actions that, together, can realise that goal.

Authorities, international organisations, academics, companies and financial actors all have an important role to play in addressing the world's most significant challenges, from tackling climate change, addressing inequality and building a more sustainable economy

The Building Bridges initiative is founded on the understanding that the transition we need is so significant, and the actions required to deliver it so complex, that it cannot be achieved without the ‘building of bridges’ between numerous influential stakeholders in finance, government and sustainable development.

Although the Building Bridges Geneva summit is the initiative’s centrepiece, the project is far more than just an event. Building Bridges is a year-round force for good; a committed movement of people and organisations that is working to take sustainable finance to the next level worldwide and facilitate the shift to a new global economic model—one that can sustainably and fairly meet the needs and support the aspirations of every person, wherever they happen to live.
 

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Switzerland, which hosts both a global hub for international collaboration and one of the world’s leading financial centres, is an ideal place for Building Bridges to call home. By basing itself in Geneva, Building Bridges is superbly positioned to engage with a wide range of stakeholders from the worlds of finance, the United Nations, international organisations, NGOs, academia, and local, cantonal & national authorities. In building bridges between this eclectic, influential diversity of groups and individuals, the project aims to turn their attention and talents toward a common goal: the development and application of sustainable finance to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Building Bridges is a year-round force for good; a committed movement of people and organisations that is working to take sustainable finance to the next level worldwide and facilitate the shift to a new global economic model

the summit.

To help build the bridges we need, the Building Bridges summit was established to maximise the collective impact of ‘Bridge Builders’ and bring key stakeholders together for a meaningful discussion on how to accelerate The Sustainability Revolution in a way that both reduces risks and creates investment opportunities for the private sector.

The first Building Bridges Geneva summit, held in 2019, was symbolically located on a bridge between International Geneva and Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, the city’s financial hub. As such, the summit was ideally located for a coming together of representatives from both sectors for a conversation on how to take their collective impact to the next level.

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building bridges geneva 2021.

This year, the Building Bridges Geneva 2021 summit will explore three themes.
 

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impact and transparency

Building Bridges Geneva 2021 will host a conversation on how the financial sector quantifies its impact on the SDGs. Crucial to this measurement are the tools, systems, and frameworks that must be established and developed to deliver the good governance and transparency we need around ensuring that financial products are truly sustainable and to preclude any green- or impact-washing.

Building Bridges Geneva 2021 will host a conversation on how the financial sector quantifies its impact on the SDGs

supply–demand mismatch

Today, a gap remains between investors who are looking to focus on sustainable products and companies, and the entrepreneurs, projects and products that are both driven by sustainability and in need of capital. To close this gap, we must work together to rethink mainstream investment strategies, use a range of capital to establish and nurture sustainable finance solutions, and remove any barriers to the flow of capital.

…we must work together to rethink mainstream investment strategies, use a range of capital to establish and nurture sustainable finance solutions

fintech for sdgs

Technology will be a vital component in the transition to a more sustainable financial system. Here, Building Bridges Geneva 2021 will explore the latest sustainable fintech solutions, the conditions we must promote to support the development of such solutions, and the global, cross-border governance issues that surround fintech.

 

building bridges and lombard odier.

We cannot achieve the UN SDGs unless financial institutions globally embrace sustainable finance. As such, our industry must collaborate with investors, governments, businesses, the UN and society to make finance more sustainable and promote responsible investment.
 

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At Lombard Odier, we understand that The Sustainability Revolution is inevitable, and that promoting sustainable finance is, therefore, in the best interests of our clients. The transition to what we call a CLIC™ economy—one that is Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean—is not a matter of if, but when, and so we see it as our fiduciary responsibility to help our clients tap into the many opportunities that will come with this transition.

At Lombard Odier, we understand that The Sustainability Revolution is inevitable, and that promoting sustainable finance is, therefore, in the best interests of our clients

With Building Bridges Geneva now playing a crucial role in facilitating this transition, the Lombard Odier Group is proud to be part of this growing effort to make the future of finance a sustainable one.

where we are.

Our heritage is Swiss, yet our outlook and mind set are resolutely international. With over 25 offices globally, we are able to serve our clients all over the world.

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