A purposeful year

2021 in numbers and milestones.

A look at the key figures and major events that took place at UBS last year.

2021 in numbers

Year in review


Changes to the UBS Board of Directors​

The Board of Directors of UBS Group AG announced today that it will nominate Claudia Böckstiegel and Patrick Firmenich for election to the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 8 April 2021.

UBS beats impact investment target and launches white paper on sustainable finance for The Davos Agenda

UBS, the world’s leading sustainable investment manager, today launched a white paper on sustainable finance trends in 2021, after the firm exceeded a key target more than a year ahead of schedule.


UBS BB Investment Bank and Banco Patagonia announce a commercial agreement for investment banking services in Argentina

Today, UBS BB Investment Bank (“UBS BB”) and Banco Patagonia announced an agreement to provide clients in Argentina with enhanced access to leading investment banking services and international capital markets, in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The agreement combines UBS BB’s global and regional platform and experience with Banco Patagonia’s robust capabilities and strong relationships across Argentina.

UBS Multibanking available to corporate clients throughout Switzerland

UBS Multibanking allows corporate clients to access third-party bank accounts worldwide in UBS E-Banking and, as a first in Switzerland, to make payments directly via a single platform. The solution features a consolidated liquidity overview across all banks and currencies. Following the successful pilot phase, the service will now gradually be made available to all clients throughout Switzerland.


Our quest for zero

We’ve reached our 2020 environmental goals. So what’s next? We continue to aim for less of an environmental impact, and in some areas, even for zero.


Launch of our purpose ​

Our purpose guides us in everything we do. We call on our global ecosystem for investing – where people and ideas are connected, opportunities are brought to life and where our thought leadership can be impactful.

UBS moves to 9 Penang Road

UBS moves into its largest Asia Pacific office at 9 Penang Road (9PR). This move brings over 3000 colleagues in wealth management, investment bank and asset management together.


UBS appoints Chief Sustainability Officer and establishes new Sustainability and Social Impact organization

UBS today announced two senior appointments within its new Sustainability and Impact organization, which will lead activities across the firm to drive its sustainability agenda and deliver on its Net Zero commitments. The new organization will report to Suni Harford, Group Executive Board sponsor for Sustainability and Impact and President of UBS Asset Management.

UBS launches Future of Earth fund

UBS Global Wealth Management (GWM) has launched the Multi Manager Access II – Future of Earth fund, which will aim to generate a compelling return by investing in companies addressing environmental issues and related challenges.


UBS AG prices inaugural Green bonds

UBS AG today announces the pricing of two senior preferred unsecured Green bonds. This includes a 500 million euro-denominated five-year bond (ISIN: XS2358287238) and a 250 million Swiss franc-denominated seven-year bond (ISIN: CH1120085670).


Otemachi One (OH-1) and Marunouchi Eiraku Building (Eiraku) offices open in Tokyo

After 23 years in Otemachi First Square, our colleagues in Tokyo have relocated to our new offices in Otemachi One (OH-1) and Marunouchi Eiraku Building (Eiraku). The Group Wealth Management team is co-located with the firm’s joint venture partner, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, in Eiraku, while the rest of the employees have moved into OH-1.


Ground-Breaking Wealth Management Venture Launches in Japan

UBS SuMi TRUST Wealth Management Co., Ltd. announced that it launched operations in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya today. The new company is the first in Japan to offer global securities and wealth management capabilities together with the custody, real estate, inheritance, and wealth transfer expertise of a Japanese trust banking group.


UBS launches collective philanthropy initiative to help clients address critical global issues

Harnessing the power of collective philanthropy, UBS today announced the launch of UBS Collectives (“Collectives”), an innovative social-impact initiative that connects UBS’s philanthropic clients on issues that matter most to them. Led by UBS’s Philanthropy Services team, UBS Collectives will help clients combine their expertise and mobilize their capital to fund initiatives that address child protection, climate change, health, and education-related issues.

Launch of Agile@UBS

Moving to agile will help us deliver better outcomes for clients. Here's how we'll get there.

UBS joins the Valuable 500

Our CEO and 499 of his peers have signed up to the Valuable 500 to make disability inclusion part of their business leadership agenda.


UBS Arena opens

UBS Arena celebrated its grand opening last week with the first New York Islanders home game and a jam-packed series of events.

Project Female Founder

Building on the success of the Female Founder Award as part of the Future of Finance Challenge, our project mission is to accelerate female and non-binary founders in their success through a holistic program of investor readiness training and a global ecosystem of support to build relationships and networks.

UBS celebrates its first Female Founder Award winner as part of the Future of Finance Challenge

For the first time since starting the Future of Finance Challenge in 2015, UBS has presented a Female Founder Award as part of its Future of Finance Challenge. Around one-third of the overall entries qualified for this award.


UBS Optimus Foundation becomes founding member of the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals Impact Finance Initiative

It’s important to know that the solutions we're investing in are actually making a difference. We know that the only way to do this is to engage in strategic philanthropy – philanthropy guided by six key principles.