Switzerland and UBS

Our Swiss roots date back more than 150 years – and are stronger than ever: discover the facts and numbers behind the strong relationship between Switzerland and UBS.

Leading wealth manager

40%

of unsecured loans and 29% of secured loans in Switzerland are granted by major banks

CHF 63 billion

or 9.4%, is the financial sectors contribution to Swiss GDP in 2018. It is a key pillar of the Swiss economy.

21,000

employees from 100 different countries and about 280 branches in country, makes UBS Switzerland's largest bank.

> 50

countries are represented in UBS's broad correspondent banking network worldwide, allowing us to offer a comprehensive range of services for export-driven companies, as well as international services for smaller Swiss banks.

#3 

As the world’s third-largest currency trader, UBS ensures liquid trading in the Swiss franc with around 50 currencies, along with more than 700 currency pairs overall.

> 1.5 million 

downloads of UBS Mobile Banking and ca. 1 million downloads of UBS Access App allowed UBS to further strengthen our position as Swiss leader in Digital Banking. 

> CHF 2 billion

total transaction volume within the TWINT network, which enjoyed strong momentum in 2019. UBS transactions more than doubled in 2019 compared to the previous year.

Leading employer
 

1,700

is the number of training positions UBS offers for those entering the workforce, along with a variety of further training possibilities.

~75% 

of the apprentices trained at UBS stay after finishing each year.

250

job profiles in UBS's employment offering are the result of the bank’s wide range of business operations and its international focus.

216,000 

training units were completed by UBS employees in Switzerland in 2018 alone.

~50% 

of employees have been working for UBS for more than 10 years thanks to the attractive development opportunities amongst others.

21% 

of our Swiss employees are under 30, while about the same percentage (22%) are over 50.

One out of five

employees works part-time.

250

UBS employees currently hold political office at the federal, cantonal and communal level. UBS supports the political engagement of its employees.

At the service of Swiss companies

> 120,000 

Swiss companies have a business relationship with UBS, including over 90% of the country's 250 biggest firms.

More than half 

of mid to large firms in Switzerland rely on the services provided by the major banks.

> 80% 

of the 250 banks in Switzerland, as well as a majority of medium and large pension funds, are UBS clients and benefit from a wide range of services

2.5 million 

private clients and almost half of all Swiss companies are served by UBS thanks to its 4,600 client advisors.

Leading provider of retirement solutions
 

#1

As Switzerland’s largest asset manager with a volume of CHF 301 billion and a market share of about one quarter, UBS is the largest provider of investment funds and also a leading provider of retirement solutions.

CHF 18 billion 

are managed by the two UBS retirement foundations for vested pension benefits and pillar 3a.

1,000

pension funds entrust their assets to the UBS investment foundations (CHF 22 billion in invested assets), which ranks them No. 1 for managed assets in Switzerland.

Pillar of the Swiss economy

#1 

UBS is Switzerland’s leading universal bank and the largest.

> 150 years 

is how long UBS has been an integral part of Switzerland. 

USD 2.9 billion 

or 45% of the UBS group profit before tax (PBT) was generated in Switzerland in 2018.

CHF 2.6 billion 

is the amount UBS spends per year on goods and services in Switzerland supplied by some 7,900 companies.

one third 

of the roughly 67,000 UBS employees globally work in Switzerland, making UBS one of the largest private employers in the country.

Half 

of the 21,000 UBS employees in Switzerland work in group functions for the global business, underlining our strong commitment to Switzerland.

12% 

of total tax revenues at the federal, cantonal and municipal level, or more than CHF 17 billion in direct and indirect taxes were paid on financial services in 2018.

CHF 1.4 billion 

is the total amount of taxes payed by UBS and its employees in Switzerland. UBS as a company pays about CHF 700 million in taxes.

Societal and ecological commitment

36% 

of the assets UBS managed in 2018 took sustainability criteria (environmental, social and governance) into account.

USD 5 billion 

of client assets is the amount UBS is committed to allocate to new impact investments dedicated to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs) by the end of 2021. 

100% 

As part of the global initiative “RE100," UBS aims to source all electricity from renewable energy by the end of 2020.

100%

of UBS's CO2 emissions from air travel have been offset with certified projects since 2007.

42,600

hours is the amount of time more than 4,500 employees throughout Switzerland served as volunteers for charitable organizations in 2018, one third of which were in the areas of education and social entrepreneurship. 

70,000

people benefitted from the bank's societal engagement in 2018. This includes students with learning difficulties benefitting from mentors or young people being inspired to take interest in the economy and entrepreneurship through Young Enterprise Switzerland.

55 years

ago UBS first started to support projects and initiatives in the fields of education and social and cultural activities in Switzerland with its independent foundations

7

fully-endowed and permanent professors at the UBS International Center of Economics in Society contribute to the University of Zurich's top position in the field of economics and encourage the exchange of ideas between academia and society.

5

key partnerships through which UBS promotes education and innovation are: SwissSkills, the Swiss Finance Institute, Switzerland Innovation digitalswitzerland and the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation.