UBS in Society

Driving change that matters

Banking on sustainability

The 2020 UBS Sustainability Report includes last year’s key achievements and the goals we’ve set ourselves for the future.

Why we get involved

Driving change in the world needs leadership. As one of the world's largest wealth managers, we have a responsibility to take a leading role in shaping a positive future. We're developing new financial products that have positive impact on the environment and society. With partners and clients we're constantly innovating in the field of philanthropy. And we're continuously establishing new standards of doing business sustainably.

Phyllis Costanza
Head UBS in Society and UBS Optimus Foundation

At UBS in Society, we focus on driving change that matters. Our aim is to be a leader in sustainable finance across all client segments, a recognized innovator and thought leader in philanthropy, an industry leader for sustainable business practices and an employer of choice.

What we do

Reshape finance

Innovative financing can be good for society, good for the environment, and give good returns. In fact, we think they all go hand in hand.

Pioneer in philanthropy

We know how to make measurable, scalable and lasting impact.

Support communities

We encourage employees to put their valuable skills to use for entrepreneurship and education.

Manage our actions

We challenge ourselves and our peers to raise the bar, work in sync with each other, and be open about the impact our actions have on society and the environment.

What we have achieved

141 billion

USD in impact and sustainability focused investment, a 154% increase over 20191

100% of electricity

sourced from renewable energy1

3.7 million children

helped by the UBS Optimus Foundation in 20201

519,000

beneficiaries reached through our community investment1

One planet, one future

Our climate strategy supports our clients and our firm to prepare for success in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.

External Recognition

We’re vetted by industry-leading rating agencies to evaluate the performance of our sustainability practices. In 2020, UBS was recognized as an industry leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth consecutive year.

Timeline of sustainability

At UBS our commitment to sustainability started years ago. In the 1950s. Browse these milestones to discover how we built up our engagement to a better world – through financial products, philanthropy, and our own business practice.

Travelling through time

1954

Beginnings of UBS Community Affairs at Wealth Management US

1997

First Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds2

1999

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

2006

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

2014

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

2015

Sustainability Industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index3


World's first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education launched by UBS Optimus Foundation with "Educate Girls"4

2016

Launching the UBS Oncology Impact Fund, the largest oncology impact investment to date2

2018

First 100% sustainable cross-asset portfolio for private clients2


Reaching 2.8 million children through the UBS Optimus Foundation

2019

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

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How we support the SDGs

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Read our reports

Our reports, standards and commitments are available for all to see. We believe it's important to be upfront and honest. And while we're proud of how far we've come, we also know there's still a lot more for us to do.

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