Driving change through diversity

Together we can #BeBoldForChange

It's time for action

#BeBoldForChange is the theme for International Women’s Day 2017. It’s also the way we should be living every day. Women are transforming the world we live in and becoming a force for economic change.

  • Women could add $12 trillion to the global economy in the next decade. Their wealth is growing faster than men’s.*
  • Almost half (47%), compared to 39% of men, express their social, political or environmental values through their investment decisions.**
  • To women, success is made of more than money.

But gender equality still hasn’t come far enough. At UBS, we recognize how women are challenging, reinventing and innovating - inspiring the next generation to do the same. Women are part of our agenda - in our business, our workplace and our communities. Together we can #BeBoldForChange.

From a woman's perspective

In our Life’s Questions series, we ask the questions women face when it comes to life, business, family, and investing. Joss Stone re-recorded her song ‘Free Me’ especially for this film, and we were honored to work with such a talented woman with worldwide acclaim. She also invited us behind the scenes in her private studio to share her opinion on equal rights for women.


Women inspiring change

We'd like to recognize some of the positive steps being made by brilliant, inspirational women around the world.

Annie Leibovitz

We commissioned this legendary portrait photographer to celebrate women, their strengths and their role in bringing about positive change in the world.
The global tour of her exhibition WOMEN: New Portraits, featured women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists.

“There's an idea that it's hard to be a female artist, that there are fewer opportunities, less power. But it's no harder to be a female artist than a male artist. We all take what we are given and use the parts of ourselves that feed the work.”

Analisa Balares

The Womensphere Foundation is a global social enterprise aiming to unleash women’s potential, empowering them to become leaders, creating our future, and transforming our world.

Analisa has recently been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

“We want to ensure that women and girls around the world, regardless of their background, have access to mentors and institutions that support their growth and development as leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs."

Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom was the first and only woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and features in our series of Nobel Perspectives. Her work focuses on economic governance, examining how people can co-operate with each other and draw up sensible rules, without needing external authorities to impose them.

“We’ve already entered a new era, and recognize that women have the capabilities to do great scientific work, so I appreciate it’s an honor to be the first woman to be awarded the prize, but I know I won’t be the last.”

Investing for equality

Our interactive map highlights some of the issues around the world, and our gender-lens wealthresearch below shows how we can all drive change.

Male unpaid care work as a % of female

Economic participation and opportunity

Female science (% of graduates)

Maternity leave (weeks)

Gender-lens wealth

Our latest research shows how people can use their wealth - and the wealth of others - to empower women globally.

Women as a force for economic change

Our Chief Investment Office also commissioned this report to raise awareness about the complexity of the gender gap issue, and find the best ways to address it.

Female - led companies

We partnered with Rethink Impact on the largest impact investing fund with a gender - lens overlay.

On the road to parity

Our look at the business and investment case.

The value of investments can go down as well as up. Your capital and income is at risk.

International Women's Day 2017


International Women’s Day on March 8th is about taking ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women. We see it not just as a day of celebration, but also a reminder to everyone in our organization about the need for equality.