Banking on sustainability

UBS Sustainability Report 2020

11 Mar 2021

We have a long-standing strategy to play a leading role in sustainability in our industry. We focus on driving positive change for our clients, our employees and society at large. Here are our achievements, goals and progress at a glance:



What we achieved in 2020

Serving clients’ sustainable finance needs

  • USD 793 billion in core sustainable investment assets (62% increase)
  • USD 6.9 billion directed into SDG-related impact investments
  • USD 15.3 billion in Climate Aware strategies
  • 33 green, social and sustainability bond transactions supported
  • 100% of assets of UBS retirement savings funds converted into sustainable investments (~ USD 9 billion)
  • USD 141 billion in impact and sustainability focused invested assets

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy

  • 1.9% share of carbon-related assets on banking balance sheet
  • USD 161 billion climate-related sustainable investment assets (49% increase)
  • 49 oil & gas and utilities companies were actively engaged on climate topics
  • 100% of our electricity consumption sourced from renewable sources

Addressing societal challenges

  • USD 168 million in donations raised by UBS Optimus Foundation (74% increase)
  • USD 30 million committed to COVID-19-related aid projects supporting the communities
  • 519,534 beneficiaries reached through strategic community affairs activities
  • 3.7 million people’s well-being improved through UBS Optimus Foundation activities

Shaping a high-performing organization  

  • 26% of Directors and above are women
  • 20.7% of UK / 19.5% of US employees are from underrepresented ethnicities at Director level & above
  • EQUAL-SALARY certification for equal pay practices in Switzerland, US, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore

Leader in key sustainability ratings

  • Industry group leader (Dow Jones Sustainability Indices)
  • Climate A List (CDP)
  • AA rating (MSCI)
  • Top 50 World’s Most Attractive Employers (Universum)


Our Goals

Sustainable finance

Global Wealth Management to continue to mainstream sustainable and impact investments


Raise USD 150 million in donations and improve the lives of 3.8 million beneficiaries through community investment and client philanthropy

Business practices

Advance biodiversity and human rights strategies

Employer of choice

Continue leadership in key HR rankings


Full implementation of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations


Full implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking


Sustainable finance

Add USD 70 billion of invested assets classified as impact investing or with sustainability focus


Raise USD 1 billion in donations and reach 26 million beneficiaries through community investment and client philanthropy

Business practices

Achieve net zero emissions for all scope 1 & 2 activities

Employer of choice

Increase the percentage of women at Director level and above (aspiration to reach 30%)


Full implementation of Net Zero Asset Managers initiative