Ethos and Raiffeisen announced today an extension of their collaboration in the field of active ownership. Ethos will now also conduct shareholder dialogue on ESG issues to Swiss and international companies on behalf of Raiffeisen Switzerland. This new collaboration is part of Ethos' commitment to broaden its engagement services to other categories of investors in addition to pension funds and public benefit foundations.
Since its creation on 2 February 1997, the Ethos Foundation has often played a pioneering role in Switzerland, whether it was to raise awareness among financial players of ethical issues, to promote best practices in governance or to change the environmental and social practices of companies.
Following its B Corp certification in May 2020, Ethos Services SA is designated “Best For The World 2021” for its governance practices.
The annual general meetings of the Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services SA were held this Thursday morning. All the items on the agenda were approved by the members of the foundation and the shareholders of the company. In the afternoon, an online conference dedicated to climate risks for pension funds brought together more than 130 participants within days of a crucial vote on the revision of the Swiss CO2 act.
The Ethos Foundation is organising on Thursday 10 June a 100% online conference-debate open to all on the risks associated with climate change for investor. The event takes place three days before the Swiss population votes on the Federal Act on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2 Act). The main means of action and the consequences of the new law for investors will also be a discussion topic.
Ethos Foundation, which specialises in socially responsible investing (SRI), and BCV, Switzerland’s fifth-largest universal bank, have entered into a long-term strategic partnership through which they will offer sustainable investment products. In the first phase, six Ethos funds will be managed by BCV’s Asset Management department.
On 3 November 2020, Ethos is organising a conference on corporate digital responsibility. This event, part of the Digital Days 2020 program, will bring together a panel of experts who will discuss the issues and challenges that concern both companies and responsible investors.
The 2020 general meetings saw the appointments of Laura Sadis and Marc Chesney to the board of Ethos Foundation and of Nicole Beiner to the board of Ethos Services SA. These nominations allow Ethos to strengthen its competences in strategic areas. The shareholders of Ethos Services SA also approved the statutory changes necessary for the B Corp certification obtained on 25 May 2020.
The B Corp label attests to the positive social and environmental impact of Ethos on society. It rewards almost 25 years of commitment to responsible investment and promotion of a stable and sustainable socio-economic environment for the benefit of present and future civil society. With 109 points, Ethos ranks directly among the best professional services companies involved in the B Corp movement.