Employee speaker sessions, exhibitions and lunchtime training sessions were delivered in all regions alongside specific technical training for the regional environmental teams.
By educating, increasing awareness among and offering incentives to employees on environmental matters, we hope to encourage them to behave sustainably both at work and at home. As part of our commitment to reducing carbon emissions, we continued to support Earth Hour in March 2012, switching off lights in UBS offices in 58 cities around the world, for one hour. This was also the starting signal for our annual internal and external environmental awareness campaign. The theme in 2012 was energy efficiency, with activities including environmental fairs, an online environmental quiz and video messages from experts, as well as articles and interviews with senior management posted on our internal and external websites.
Regional employee awareness campaigns in 2012 included
- photo competitions in the Americas region and in Europe. Several hundred employees submitted own pictures with an environmental theme and voted for winning pictures which will be used in future internal awareness campaigns.
- an Environmental Challenge in the Asia Pacific region where 800 employees throughout the region completed 9,473 environmentally friendly actions, showcasing their environmental efforts
- 750 employees in Switzerland participating in the national "Bike to Work" initiative
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