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.
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.
Growing sustainable investments in the midst of a pandemic
How does the pandemic affect investors' views on sustainable investments?
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.
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
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.
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.
The human cost of cheap prices
Next time you pick up those five-dollar jeans, think about who made them – and under what conditions.
Ignoring climate risk is more costly than grappling with it
Regulators and activists are driving global warming concerns into the mainstream
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.
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.
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.
Enslaved at 19
Predators used social media to blackmail her into sex trafficking. A new prevention program was designed to stop it from happening.
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.
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.
We talked with experts about the issues oceans face, and the solutions that exist.
Transforming plastic waste into life changers
How two young designers and a UBS banker bonded over a prosthetic leg made from recycled plastic.
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.
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.
Straight As for world's first education bond
How innovative social finance structures can open new opportunities for social investors – an example in education.
Major financial players are taking an increasingly important role in fighting climate change. Here's one example.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five reasons UBS loves chocolate
Chocolate just got a whole lot better – and the results go way beyond your taste buds.
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.
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).
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