What money means

At UBS, we know money is about a lot more than dollars and cents – it's also stability, opportunity, growth and peace of mind. Learn how bringing an end to poverty can be the start to something even greater. Explore Sustainable Development Goal 1 – No Poverty.

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How #TOGETHERBAND is helping to reduce poverty

With GiveDirectly

#TOGETHERBAND supports charities and organisations such as GiveDirectly by raising awareness around what they do, as well as funding through band sales.

What they do: Transfer money directly to extremely poor people – by locating communities in need in Africa and sending representatives door-to-door to enroll eligible recipients. Recipients are electronically sent around USD 1,000 – roughly a typical household budget for one year – and families report online how they have spent the money.

Their aim: Use a ‘recipient first’ model to empower the poor by allowing them to make decisions about how they spend their aid money and accelerate their journey towards self-sufficiency.

The women fighting to eradicate poverty 

Naomi Campbell

Supermodel, activist, cultural innovator and philanthropist, #TOGETHERBAND ambassador for Goal 1

Graca Machel

Mozambican politician and humanitarian, #TOGETHERBAND expert for Goal 1

Show your passion too with #TOGETHERBAND

17 Goals, 17 bracelets. This one represents SDG 1 No poverty. When you buy a pack you actually receive two bands - One to wear as a symbol of support, one to share to spread the word.

Reducing poverty with every investment

Across the firm, we are seeing clients turn to us for advice on how they can finance the transition to a lower-carbon economy, support sustainable finance and better tackle twenty-first century risks.

That's why we've put together goal-specific insights from across our business divisions; Global Wealth Management, Asset Management and Investment Banking, to help you answer the question – Do your investments match your values?

Insights from UBS Global Wealth Management

Sustainable bonds boost SI portfolios during COVID-19

Helping the poorest countries in post-crisis recovery. quick read

Three ways to invest towards the UN’s SDGs

Discover the three investable themes connected to addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. more

Sustainability draws investors

Environmental and social challenges will keep coming in 2018. Investors could have an important role to play in the solution. more

Overweight emerging markets

Find out why we think that Ems currently offer some of the most attractive investment opportunities globally. more

Digital data implications for investment

When it comes to impact investing, how important is good data? more

Hear from our Nobel Laureates

How can we fight global poverty? Nobel Laureate Esther Duflo gives her take here

Poverty is a very complex issue, and not one simply about a lack of money or investment. Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton shares his view here

A pioneer in understanding the economics of being poor. Nobel Laureate Theodore Schultz shares all here


The UBS Global Visionaries tackling this goal

Empowering Kenya's slums

Meet Kennedy Odede, bringing health care, clean water and education to Kenya's slums. quick read

Too poor for lockdown

Some people do not have the luxury to go into lockdown if it means they go hungry. Victor Ochen explains. quick read

What UBS Optimus Foundation is doing to help

Low-fee private schools in Abidjan

Maya Ziswiler, Head of Social Finance at UBS Optimus Foundation, explains how these schools are affordable even to those on the poverty line. more

The road to bad charity is paved with good intentions

Hear from Phyllis Costanza, CEO UBS Optimus Foundation, on how to make your charitable intentions count. more

Chartering a bold course

The changing face of philanthropy in China and its efforts to lift people out of poverty. quick read

Stories from UBS in Society

Novel ways to fight poverty

A quick explanation on why giving directly to those living in poverty is ineffective. read now

Christmas gifts to impact investing

Using money to create a positive impact. Read Swedish entrepreneur Bengt Wahlqvist's journey here

5 reasons UBS loves chocolate

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