UBS named industry group leader in DJ Sustainability Indices 2015
UBS has taken over the leadership position in the Diversified Financials Industry Group of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). This acknowledgement of the way UBS approaches corporate responsibility underscores the firm's comprehensive commitment to sustainable performance.
"We're proud to be recognized for our commitment to doing what's right for our clients and other stakeholders. Making sustainability the everyday standard at our firm is a cornerstone of our business values," says Christian Leitz, Head of UBS Corporate Responsibility Management.
The DJSI is published by S&P Dow Jones Indices – one of the world’s largest providers of financial market indices – and sustainable investing specialist RobecoSAM. It evaluates companies' sustainability practices and recognizes the best performers.
In its Industry Group Leader report for UBS, RobecoSAM cited UBS's support for clients and communities and its integration of societal and financial performance. It also pointed to UBS's work to build its capital strength, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and strengthen risk management through its UBS and Society program.
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In Rate the Raters, published in January 2014, the DJSI was identified as the most widely recognized sustainability rating.
UBS takes its role as an intermediary between capital and investment seriously, and has invested 21% of its total invested assets using sustainable investment principles, offering a variety of sustainability-focused portfolios, as well as creating a report to help its clients better understand these investments. The company has created innovative products and services for its clients, such as an impact investing fund focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises. It also offers institutional investors the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of Swiss infrastructure facilities and companies in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency. UBS also addresses climate change by providing research into environmental issues to clients. Stakeholder input is considered in strategic decisions, and is collected through a variety of channels, including through a new comprehensive survey introduced in 2014.