We want to be the financial provider of choice for clients wishing to drive capital toward investments that support the achievement of the SDGs and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Our cross-divisional organization UBS and Society focuses our firm on this direction. UBS and Society covers our activities and capabilities related to sustainable investing, philanthropy, environmental and human rights policies governing client and supplier relationships, our environmental footprint and community investment. Client focus Sustainable performance Collaboration
In 2017, UBS continued to gain industry recognition for its commitment to improving performance under ESG (environmental, social, governance) criteria and for its efforts in offering clients world-class expertise and sustainable products. Our firm maintained its leadership position in the Diversified Financial Services and Capital Markets industry group of the DJSI, the most widely recognized sustainability rating, for the third year running. The DJSI evaluates companies’ sustainability practices and recognizes the best performers. The RobecoSAM Industry Group Leader Report notes that UBS continues to lead in its industry on sustainability efforts, which are directed through UBS and Society.
The Report also highlights the large choice of sustainable investment solutions UBS offers to its clients. This clearly recognizes our goal of systematically incorporating the economic impacts of ESG issues into the products and services we provide to clients.
Asset Management is committed to integrating sustainability into our active investment capabilities, as part of our ambition to become a leading provider of sustainable solutions for sophisticated clients. To meet investors’ financial and sustainability goals, AM offers a wide range of sustainable and impact investing strategies across asset classes, from ESG integration to impact investing including investment themes such as renewable energy, environmental stewardship, social integration, health care, resource efficiency and demographics. In Global Wealth Management we continue to develop innovative solutions to help our clients address the challenges of an increasingly complex financial world and to respond to their evolving needs. We have expanded our discretionary mandate solutions to meet specific client needs and preferences. We are also strongly committed to broadening our sustainable and impact investment offering. Our Investment Bank provides capital-raising and strategic advisory services globally to companies offering products that make a positive contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation, including those in the solar, wind, hydro, energy efficiency, waste and biofuels, and transport sectors. P&C supports Swiss SMEs in their energy-saving efforts and transition to a low-carbon economy. SMEs benefit from initiatives such as energy check-ups or leasing bonuses (financial contributions toward enhancing environmental performance) for utility vehicles and production machines.