Sustainability at UBS

Reimagining the power of people and capital to create a more sustainable world

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Charting progress

How are we delivering on our sustainability and impact strategy? Learn more about our achievements, progress and ambitions in our Sustainability Report 2023.

Bloom or bust

Our latest white paper on how to align finance, government, and partnerships to address biodiversity challenges by the UBS Sustainability and Impact Institute

Thinking and acting with the long term in mind

What sustainability means to us

We all know finance has a powerful influence on the world. At UBS, we reimagine the power of people and capital, to create a better world for everyone: a fairer society, a more prosperous economy and a healthier environment. That’s why we partner with our clients to help them mobilize their capital towards a more sustainable world. And it is why we have made sustainability a significant part of our culture.

Our ambition

We want to be the financial provider of choice for clients who wish to mobilize capital towards the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the orderly transition to a low-carbon economy.

So we’re focusing on three key areas to drive that transition and these are some of the ways that we’ll get there.

Planet - making climate a clear priority as we shift towards a low-carbon future


Achieving the orderly transition to a low-carbon economy is highly ambitious. Nonetheless, we are committed to doing our part, which is why the shift to a lower-carbon future is a priority for UBS and a key focus of our sustainability strategy.

Partnership - Working with other thought leaders to achieve impact on a truly global scale


Provide best-in-class sustainability thought leadership and an expert forum to engage clients and standard setters in discussion

People - Addressing societal challenges through client and corporate philanthropy as well as employee engagement


Raise USD 1 billion in donations and reach 25 million beneficiaries through client philanthropy

We are committed

Adapting to a low-carbon economy

Our clients lie at the heart of what we do. Supporting their transition to a low-carbon future is a key objective of our approach to climate.

We've established milestones along the way to make sure our progress can be transparently tracked.

Addressing societal challenges

Our aim is to connect people for a better, fairer, more prosperous world

We’ve set some ambitious goals to reach by 2025:

  • Raise USD 1 billion in donations to our client philanthropy foundations and funds and reach 25 million beneficiaries by 2025 (cumulative for years 2021–2025).

Supporting a diverse workforce

Gender, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, veterans, mental health matters.

Our strategy is to continue to shape a diverse and inclusive organization that is innovative, provides outstanding service to our clients, offers equitable opportunities and is a great place to work for everyone. By 2025, we aspire to

  • Increase the percentage of women in our director level and above population to 30%.
  • Reach a 26% representation of underrepresented ethnicities at the director level and above in the US and to increase our ethnic minority senior management (directors and above) headcount by 40% in the UK.

Partnerships for a better world

Together we can achieve systemic change.

  • We will continue to share best practices and engage with regulatory authorities, central banks, policymakers, academia and peers to facilitate the development of robust methodologies to help leverage the potential of the financial services sector potential to drive change.
  • We will engage with standard setters to help develop and support policies, standards and regulations that will enable the necessary transition of the whole economy.

For almost 70 years...

UBS is not new to sustainability: we started on this path decades ago. There have been many important milestones along the way.


Beginnings of UBS Community Affairs at Wealth Management US


First Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds


First bank to obtain ISO 14001 certification for worldwide environmental management system


Introduction of comprehensive climate strategy and start offsetting all CO2 emissions resulting from business air travel.


Founding UBS in society, a program to further focus us on sustainable performance


Sustainability Industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

World's first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education launched by UBS Optimus Foundation with "Educate Girls"


Launching the UBS Oncology Impact Fund


First 100% sustainable cross-asset portfolio for private clients

Reaching 2.8 million children through the UBS Optimus Foundation


Banning project-level financing on new coal-fired power plants


Founding signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.


Committed to net zero by 2050.


Established the Swiss TNFD national consultation group.

Be the financial provider of choice

Whether you're an institutional investor, corporate client, or private client, we want to help you reimagine the power of investing.

Corporate client

You want help on your sustainability journey. It is our aim to support companies in their transition, from supporting issuance of green and sustainability-linked bonds and loans, to raising private capital.

Private investor

You want to invest in companies who use their resources wisely and deliver reliable, long-term returns. We'll get to know the issues close to your heart, so we can help you find good investments that fit with your values.

Institutional investor

You're thinking about the long term and want your fiduciary duties to support your sustainability objectives. We include sustainability information throughout our offering – to give you the solutions and strategies you need.

Swiss business

You want to prepare your company for the new low-carbon economy. We have programs that can help you do just that.

UBS Group is a founding signatory of the Operating Principles for Impact Management. Explore how we align with the Principles in our Disclosure Statement(PDF, 247 KB).