UBS in society

Driving change that matters

Moving society towards a more positive future – now that's an idea we can all get behind.

From finding innovative solutions, to partnering and leading by example, we're making it happen.

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SDG 15

Seeds of Change

Our guide on protecting life on land combines the expertise of more than 50 environmentalists, philanthropists and changemakers. Find out how you can take action and download the guide.

SDG 12

Our quest for Zero

We’ve reached our 2020 environmental goals. So what’s next?


Schools closed. Now what?

With the pandemic leaving children out of school, we worked to bridge the ‘digital divide’ in an effort to help solve education disruption.


Driving funds to where they’re needed most

Here’s how we support partner organizations around the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


Isolation, fear and often just a need to talk

Many helpline providers have expanded their offering during the COVID-19 pandemic – and we've been offering them support.

In communities

Growing sustainable investments in the midst of a pandemic

How does the pandemic affect investors' views on sustainable investments?

SDG 10

Equal opportunities during the crisis

UBS employee Christoph Gnodtke is placing his IT expertise at the disposal of a school.


Not less able, just less access

How a tutoring charity is giving students from disadvantaged backgrounds the resources they need to succeed.

SDG 17

Coming together in the time of social distancing

What we're doing in response to COVID-19


Teaching success – with one computer and one excellent educator

Teacher Peter Tabichi’s school has just one computer. His students have harnessed plant life to generate electricity.


World's largest education impact bond makes the grade

How we're boosting language and math skills for thousands of children


Inspiring the next generation of female leaders in finance

Girls Take Finance conquers the globe

In communities

Changing the world one cup of coffee at a time

Change Please coffee bar is going global – this is why we've supported them from the very start.


Welcome to the future of food

Plant-based meat, Big Data in agriculture, online food delivery, seed treatment and science: These are just some of the changes you will see coming to your farm, plate and supermarket soon.

In communities

Life athletes

Walid becomes a surgeon.

In philanthropy

When networking works

We recently sat down with program leaders and donors dealing with some of the world’s pressing challenges. We wanted to find out what brings them together. Here’s what we learned.

In philanthropy

The human cost of cheap prices

Next time you pick up those five-dollar jeans, think about who made them – and under what conditions.

SDG 13

Ignoring climate risk is more costly than grappling with it

Regulators and activists are driving global warming concerns into the mainstream


Why go green?

UBS is pioneering the market for green bonds.

In business

Zero deforestation


In Philanthropy

Clearing obstacles to treating childhood cancer

Learn how one doctor worked to further United Nations'Sustainable Development Goal three: Good health and well-being by improving treatment of childhood cancer in Ghana.

In philanthropy

No way without water

Every two minutes a child dies from a water-related disease. This social business helps provide clean water at one critical place: schools.

In philanthropy

Novel ways to fight poverty

United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal no. 1 is No Poverty – sounds unachievable? Maybe our assumptions are getting the better of us.


One planet, one future.

This is our climate strategy.

SDG 13

Myths and facts

The reality about our climate strategy.

SDG 16

Enslaved at 19

Predators used social media to blackmail her into sex trafficking. A new prevention program was designed to stop it from happening.

In communities

How UBS reacted to a natural disaster

A story of UBS employees who lived the 2011 Japan Earthquake, and who engaged to help their community.

In philanthropy

A conversation with global philanthropists

We believe the best philanthropy stems from collaboration. As a leading wealth manager, we have the privilege to connecting people with a passion for a better world, and those working every day to make a difference.

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Food for thought

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number two is Zero hunger – it's a concern we all know about but the lack of funding tells another story.

SDG 14

Protecting oceans

We talked with experts about the issues oceans face, and the solutions that exist.

In communities

Transforming plastic waste into life changers

How two young designers and a UBS banker bonded over a prosthetic leg made from recycled plastic.

In communities

Five women making an impact

Being a female founder of a fast-growing company can often feel like a challenging and isolating experience. See how UBS created a program to provide support for innovative female leaders.

In communities

Clearly seeing the solution

Of the 253 million people worldwide who are blind or have very poor sight, around three quarters have a treatable or preventable condition. Ensuring all have access to eye care is Andrew Bastawrous’ ambitious plan.

In philanthropy

Straight As for world's first education bond

How innovative social finance structures can open new opportunities for social investors – an example in education.

In finance

Conscious funds

Major financial players are taking an increasingly important role in fighting climate change. Here's one example.

In communities

Combating marine plastic pollution, globally

Instead of ending up in the belly of a bird, fish or whale, the plastic Parley intercepts from beaches is upcycled into iconic products.

SDG 5: Gender Equality

A better world for women

The road to achieving gender equality still lies ahead of us. Here are four ways to make a change, together.

In philanthropy

From Christmas gifts to impact investing

For one client, using money to create positive impact has been a growing experience – one of tremendous learning and joy. Here is his journey.

SDG 14

Ocean day

The ocean is a key contributor to our economies.

In business

Preserving the world and value

UBS addresses climate change with a comprehensive strategy. Rahel Wendelspiess of the environmental and social risk unit ensures we meet our commitment to a low-carbon economy.

Our expert view

The new kid on the development block

Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, writes about the growing popularity of Development Impact Bonds.

SDG 15: Life on Land

In the habitat of doing good

No species is irr-elephant. It may be a pun, but protecting life on land is more important than ever.

In philanthropy

How to save three million lives

A pioneering health organization works to bring medical care to remote parts of Africa and becomes a key player in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

Our expert view

Exploring the next frontier in banking

Christian Leitz, Head Corporate Responsibility Management UBS, offers his view on sustainability regulation.

In communities

Five reasons UBS loves chocolate

Chocolate just got a whole lot better – and the results go way beyond your taste buds.

In business

Architecting the future

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy is often synonymous with tremendous challenge for companies. We've worked hard to develop a blueprint for achieving sustainable operations.

In finance

Crossing the valley

Finding a cure to cancer has a major funding obstacle and impact investing could be the answer.


Do you like a challenge?

Take our quiz to find out how much you know about some of the world's greatest challenges (identified by the United Nations as Sustainable Development Goals).

In communities

A decade of tackling disadvantage

How one school is bringing quality education to over 1,000 of London's most disadvantaged students.

Our expert view

Partners for a better future

An expert view on the 17th Sustainable Development Goal "Partnerships for the Goals" by Simon Smiles, Chief Investment Officer Ultra High Net Worth Clients, UBS Wealth Management

In finance

Creating a new calculus for sustainable investing

In finance

New Data and Scientific Models Improve Assessment of Corporate Sustainability

In finance

Demonstrating positive impact for mainstream investment strategies

our experts' opinion

An investor’s guide to climate change