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UBS named industry group leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the second year running
Zurich, 08 September 2016 – UBS has successfully defended its leadership position and was named industry group leader in the Diversified Financials Industry Group of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the second year running. This acknowledgement of the way UBS approaches corporate responsibility underscores the firm's comprehensive commitment to sustainable performance.
"We aim to make sustainability the everyday standard across the firm. Today's recognition for the second consecutive year as industry group leader is a proof point for our efforts and our commitment in this field", says Caroline Anstey, Global Head of UBS and Society.
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 said that the UBS and Society program enables the firm to fulfill its commitment to providing consistent and sustainable returns to clients while promoting ethical practices for the common good.
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In the most recent "Rate the Raters" report the DJSI was identified as the most widely recognized sustainability rating.
Section from the Industry Group Leader report issued by RobecoSAM:
UBS has once again been named the Diversified Financials Industry Group Leader for 2016. The company’s sustainability efforts are directed through its UBS and Society program which is a cross-divisional umbrella platform covering all activities and capabilities in sustainable investing and philanthropy, environmental and human rights policies as well as the firm’s community investment. By implementing this program, UBS ensures that it fulfills its commitment to provide consistent and sustainable returns to its clients while also promoting ethical practices for the common good. The company has recently launched innovative financial products such as an impact investing fund focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises. The Eco Mortgage is an example of an opportunity-driven service that generates business for UBS and makes a positive contribution to combating climate change by incentivizing energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. UBS is exemplary in social and environmental reporting particularly in terms of its materiality analysis and the explaining the business relevance of its key material issues. UBS has made impressive progress in de-risking since the credit crisis, and is now in a strong position for leadership on sustainability within the financial services industry.
UBS Group AG