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 – for all of us and the generations to come.
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.
UBS doesn’t care about the climate – the only thing it cares about is profit.
UBS isn’t interested in climate change, and especially not where investment strategies are concerned.
UBS isn’t interested in efforts to transition to a low- carbon world. It actually benefits from doing business with climate offenders.
UBS doesn’t feel compelled to take a leading role in greater climate protection.
By financing top “climate-killer” firms, Credit Suisse and UBS caused twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as all the inhabitants and industries of Switzerland in 2017 alone.
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.
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.
Children reached by the UBS Optimus Foundation in 2018¹
Employees who volunteered in 2018. Over 25,000 employees¹
Electricity from renewable energy in Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Luxembourg and Austria.¹
Core sustainable investments under management (+72%) in 2018 (USD)¹
Travelling through time
Beginnings of UBS Community Affairs at Wealth Management US
First Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds2
First bank to obtain ISO 14001 certification for worldwide environmental management system
Founding UBS in society, a program to further focus us on sustainable performance
Banning project-level financing on new coal-fired power plants
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