Reflecting your values

Sustainable investing

People, planet and profit

You want to make a positive impact on the world in a way that reflects your personal values. And you don’t want to sacrifice returns.

Supporting a positive social or environmental impact as well as achieving compelling financial returns is at the heart of sustainable investing. And this is a cornerstone of our business. Find out how UBS is forming the partnerships essential to delivering a more sustainable world in our white paper for the 2018 World Economic Forum.

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Work with us to build a more sustainable future.

Leading the industry

The United Nations has 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that each year, cost $5 to 7 trillion to finance, and aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and bring prosperity to all by 2030. To date, the world is falling well short and needs to raise $2.5 trillion to bridge the gap. This will only be achieved using private capital as well as public investments, so UBS are establishing the partnerships needed to achieve these goals.

Our investment bank alone has more than one-third of its assets in sustainable or impact investments with a value of over $1 trillion. In fact, all of our businesses are engaged in initiatives to help meet the UN’s goals, and our clients’ investment needs.

Together, we need to create a better tomorrow.

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A wealth of returns

Investing in funds and companies that deliver financial, social and environmental returns can bring often underestimated experiential returns. James Gifford discusses the additional benefits of impact investing: helping to solve the world’s problems and passing your values on to future generations.

The additional benefits of impact investing

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Private capital. Public good.

We’ve partnered with visionaries who’ve developed innovative ways to meet the UN’s SDGs, while also generating financial returns for their investors.

Tech for the developing world

We’re working with entrepreneurs who use technology to help people in the developing world. In our Nobel Perspectives series, Nobel Laureate Myron S. Scholes says: “Technology is key in everything we do.” While Sir James Mirrlees notes that access to modern farming practices, has allowed China’s poorest to lift themselves out of poverty as it has “increased the local wage rate.”

Accessing modern agricultural methods is only one of the challenges facing farmers and other enterprises in the developing world. A reliable energy supply is also important. According to CrossBoundary Energy, African enterprises say that securing electricity is their biggest obstacle to growth, so founder, Matthew Tilleard, set up the firm to help them access solar energy. CrossBoundary is also reducing the ongoing cost of electricity for its clients, as solar is now the cheapest source of power in Africa.

Investing in education

Paperclip is Hong Kong’s first dedicated start-up campus, providing education to entrepreneurs. Founder Deepak Madnani elaborates: "Our hope is to provide early-stage entrepreneurs access to the highest quality, early-stage innovation support."

Low-paid workers can’t be expected to finance it themselves, and employers may not be willing or able to, which is where people like Deepak can make a difference.

Discover more inspiring stories of making a difference and making a profit, and read our latest reports on sustainable investing.

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Hear what the laureates have to say

We asked four Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences for their views on sustainable investing.

Hear more from the Nobel Laureates on everything from investments to creating a better life for everyone.

Can I truly make a difference?

In our Life’s Questions series, Paul Simon, impact investor and philanthropist, tells us why he thinks it’s possible to both do well and do good.

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Sustainable investing with UBS

Maybe, like Paul Simon, you would like to invest in a sector you care deeply about. At UBS, we support the UN’s SDGs by setting up partnerships and we continue to unveil market-leading investment offerings. We can work together with you to create a sustainable future that benefits people, the planet, and profit.

See how UBS can help

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