Head of Impact Research

Peter Zollinger

As Head of Impact Research at Globalance Bank, Peter Zollinger assesses the effect our investments have on the economy, the environment and the society as a whole. He selects the most suitable investments for our clients as well as develops and manages the Globalance Footprint on their behalf.

Peter Zollinger played a key role in the establishment of London-based SustainAbility Ltd., a leading international consulting firm and think tank for sustainability. He is an expert on the topic and views it as a modern principle for good corporate governance. As CEO, he shaped the practice as well as the debate surrounding sustainability and business. In doing so, he advised the managers of multinational companies such as Nestlé, Swiss Re and Holcim as well as the United Nations and the International Finance Corporation (IFC/World Bank).

Peter Zollinger was also allied with Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny, founder of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In this connection, he worked for the Schmidheiny family office on venture capital projects and in the founding of AVINA, which invests in sustainability leadership in Latin America. In addition, he has held posts at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington D.C. and as Director of Strategic Development for FUNDES International – a network that supports small-sized companies in Latin America.

Peter Zollinger holds a degree in economics (lic. oec. HSG) from the University of St. Gallen and is a trustee of various foundations.


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In my previous role as sparring partner for companies like Nestlé and Swiss Re, I was described by a journalist as being a ‹boardroom campaigner› for responsible business management. That kind of hits the nail on the head. Once, the CEO of a Brazilian cellulose producer sent me a great photo album of his country as a Christmas present. On the enclosed card, he wrote: ‹Thank you for helping me see the business case of stakeholder engagement.› With Globalance Bank, it’s indeed exciting to build a company that puts demanding clients in a position to invest their wealth in a future-oriented manner.

Peter Zollinger

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