Hub for Sustainable Finance Awareness, simplification and contribution

Core requirements needed to actually achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

byUBS 01 Jan 2019

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By Axel A. Weber (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and Sergio P. Ermotti (Group Chief Executive Officer)

Why is awareness of the SDGs lacking and how can that be remedied?
What can be done to simplify sustainable investing?
Who can contribute in which specific ways to advancing the SDGs?

  • Too little understanding.
  • Too much complexity.
  • Too little contribution.
  • Awareness – using multiple media channels to increase awareness of the SDGs.
    • Case study: Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation
  • Awareness – aligning investment solutions with investors’ sustainability interests.
  • Simplification – simplifying, standardizing, and mainstreaming corporate sustainability data reporting.
    • Case study: Paul Polman, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce; CEO, Unilever (2009 – 2018)
  • Simplification – defining impact investment and impact measurement coherently and consistently.
    • Case study: Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
  • Simplification – naming sustainable investing (SI) strategies in a clear, consistent manner so they can be universally adopted.
  • Contribution – using publicly-traded strategies in traditional portfolios, focusing on market-rateperformance and having an actual positive social and environmental impact.
  • Multilateral development bank (MDB) debt
  • SDG-related activism and engagement equity strategies that focus on market-rate financial performance and actual positive social and environmental impact
    • Case study: Robert Kapito, President and Co-Founder of BlackRock
  • Contribution – adopting a true 100% sustainable investing (SI) asset allocation that seeks to deliver market-rate returns and have verifiable positive impact.
  • Contribution – making philanthropy more collective and collaborative rather than competitive.





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