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UBS Releases 2020 Sustainability Report – Sharp Rise in Sustainable Investment to $793 Billion

12th March 2021 | Hong Kong

UBS, the Swiss banking group managing more than $4 trillion of assets, has released the UBS Sustainability Report 2020, reporting a sharp rise in sustainable investments of 62% to $793 billion in core sustainable investment assets.

” sharp rise in sustainable investments of 62% to $793 billion in core sustainable investment assets “

The UBS Sustainability Report 2020 is based on comprehensive GRI standards, with UBS has meeting or exceed its key sustainability targets.  UBS ambition is to be the leader in sustainable finance.  View: UBS Sustainability Report 2020

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GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) provides the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting – the GRI Standards.  Visit: GRI


UBS Commitment
  • To be the financial provider of choice for clients who wish to mobilize capital towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the orderly transition to a low-carbon economy.
UBS Ambition
  • To be a leader in sustainable finance across all client segments
  • To be an industry leader for sustainable business practices
  • To be a recognized innovator and thought leader in philanthropy
  • To be an employer of choice


UBS Achievement in 2020:

1) Serving Client’s Sustainable Finance Needs

  • $793 billion in core sustainable investment assets (62% increase)
  • $6.9 billion directed into SDG-related impact investments
  • $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 ($9 billion)

SDG ~ Sustainable Development Goals


2) Transitioning to a low-carbon economy

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


3) Addressing societal challenges

  • $168 million in donations raised by UBS Optimus Foundation (74% increase)
  • $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


4) 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


5) 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)


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UBS Group CEO Ralph A.J.G Hamers
UBS Group CEO, Ralph Hamers:

“For over two decades, UBS has been at the forefront of sustainable finance – and we aim to extend our leadership. We aspire to do more to help clients transition to sustainable ways of doing business, to ensure their long-term success and to support them in fulfilling the commitments they’ve made to people and planet.”



UBS Asset Management President Suni Harford 2
UBS Asset Management President Suni Harford
UBS Asset Management President, Suni Harford:

“Investors have the power to effect real change and we are seeing an increasingly strong appetite to direct capital towards a lower-carbon future. We were able to capture the spectacular industry growth in climate-related funds during 2020 by providing innovative products and solutions that enable clients to align their investments with their de-carbonization goals.

Looking ahead, we are strongly placed to help meet the evolving needs of our clients in a post-COVID-19 world, where sustainability and climate will continue to be central themes.”


Head UBS in Society and CEO UBS Optimus Foundation, Phyllis Costanza:

“The UBS Optimus Foundation witnessed a record year in 2020, speedily delivering aid to those in need during the pandemic and expanding programs supporting child welfare, health and education.

In 2021, the Foundation will extend its leading position in innovative social finance with new fundraising tools and programs that create measurable change that benefits the most vulnerable members of society.”



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About UBS

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UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. UBS’s strategy is centered on our leading global wealth management business and our premier universal bank in Switzerland, enhanced by Asset Management and the Investment Bank. The bank focuses on businesses that have a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital efficient, and have an attractive long-term structural growth or profitability outlook. 

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 regions and locations, with about 31% of its employees working in the Americas, 32% in Switzerland, 19% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 18% in Asia Pacific. UBS Group AG employs over 67,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). 

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