Ratings and awards
Our performance and success in the area of sustainability is reflected in the key external ratings and rankings we have achieved. In 2013, we re-entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and have been a member of the FTSE4Good index series since its inception. We have also been awarded corporate responsibility prime status by oekom research.
The CDP (formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project) is an independent not-for-profit organization, which by its own account today represents a group of 722 institutional investors, representing a total investment volume of 87 trillion US dollars (as of January 2014). The audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers annually evaluates the 500 largest listed companies for CDP. The evaluation criteria include greenhouse gas emissions, data quality and transparency. Awareness of the risks and opportunities of climate change for the company itself are also examined. We were among the top 20 financial institutions in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 and were included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) DACH. CDLI DACH 2013 includes the 10% highest Disclosure Scores of scored companies in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
UBS again met the FTSE4Good criteria designed to identify companies that are compliant with globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. As a continued index component for the FTSE4Good Index, we have been included since its inception in 2001. FTSE4Good measures the performance of global companies in the areas of environmental sustainability, stakeholder relations and support for human rights.
oekom research AG is one of the world's leading sustainability rating agencies and has actively helped to shape the market for sustainable investments since 1993. oekom research has awarded UBS corporate responsibility prime status which, according to the oekom Corporate Rating, signifies companies which are among the leaders in their industry and which meet industry-specific minimum requirements.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) track the social, environmental and financial performance of companies in the Dow Jones Global Index. In 2013, UBS re-entered the DJSI from which we had been removed in 2012, as our score had been just below the raised benchmark. This followed continuous inclusion in the DJSI since their launch in 1999. At the time, the DJSI were the first global indices to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach and include companies from across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics.
We received several honors in the 11th annual Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) & Sustainability Survey of over 500 investment professionals from 27 countries. The UBS Investment Bank ESG & Sustainability Team was ranked third overall for ESG and SRI, including second for Corporate Governance and for Renewable Energy, fourth for Climate Change and for Thematic Research, and fifth for SRI Research.
Six of Global Asset Management's real estate funds, with CHF 20 billion gross assets under management, obtained the top ranking ("green star"), and two of them were awarded "sector leader" status, by the 2013 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, thus recognizing our efforts in defining and implementing a sustainable and responsible property investment strategy (RPI). All six funds rank within the first and second quartiles of their respective peer set (among more than 540 real estate portfolios)..
UBS in the UK was recognized with a Business in the Community 2013 Responsible Business Award for its volunteering program while UBS Singapore’s Diversity in Abilities arts program, targeted at bringing visual and performing arts to children in special education, was awarded Singapore’s National Arts Council Patron of the Arts Award 2013.
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