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Responsible Investment, which began as a niche some years ago, is now at the forefront of many of our clients’ minds and increasingly embedded in our approach. At UBP we firmly believe that long-term risk adjusted returns can be enhanced through ESG integration, active ownership (engagement and voting) and a focus on the impact our investments make.
UBP’s commitment to sustainable wealth management for our clients led us to become a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) in March 2012. Since then, the world of responsible investment has evolved substantially, as has our approach.
As part of our continued commitment to upholding the principles of the UNPRI, in 2018 we both expanded and enhanced our Responsible Investment Policy to provide a robust foundation across the full range of our products and mandates within the Bank.
The financial rationale is clear – that a comprehensive approach to ESG considerations can support both risk management and alpha-generation. However, we are also firmly of the view that finance has a key role to play in creating a sustainable economy.
In order to tackle the world’s biggest challenges; governments, the corporate world and the financial sector must work together and it is this aim which has led to our collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. In 2018, we became a member of their ‘Investment Leaders Group’, a select network of pension funds, insurers and asset managers committed to advancing the practise of responsible investment. UBP is also a member of Sustainable Finance Geneva and Swiss Sustainable Finance.
UBP’s ESG approach invokes the following four practices – screening, promotion, active ownership and thought leadership.