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Collaborating for change

Collaborating for change

Building a sustainable financial system requires close collaboration between governments, the financial sector, investors, the corporate world, NGOs and academia.


UBP has formed powerful partnerships, taken on a range of strategic commitments and become a signatory or member of several leading global and local initiatives, associations and institutions over the past decade.

UBP has been a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) since 2012. The UN PRI is a United Nations-supported international network of investors and service providers working together to implement six aspirational principles to contribute to a more sustainable global financial system. Since 2012, UBP has rolled out and subsequently enhanced its Responsible Investment Policy and worked on integrating ESG issues into its investment processes. 

In order to drive collaboration with sustainable finance actors in Switzerland, we joined Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) in 2018. In France, UBP Asset Management joined the Forum pour l’Investissement Responsable (FIR) in 2021.

UBP also works closely with the Investment Leaders Group (ILG) of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a global network of pension funds, insurers and asset managers with over USD 12 trillion in assets under management and advisory collectively, committed to advancing responsible investment.

In the UK, UBP became a founding member, in 2019, of The Big Exchange, which aims to contribute to broadening access to investing and saving services.

UBP gave a considerable push to its collaborations in 2020. We decided to support the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, whose mission is to have companies do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with ten principles relating to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. 

In the same year we showed our determination to address major climate issues by supporting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The initiative aims to drive consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures by companies. UBP started publishing TCFD reports in 2021.

In December 2021, UBP Asset Management (Europe) S.A. joined the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) and the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative. The latter brings together over 230 asset managers who are committed to supporting the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

In 2022, UBP became a signatory to the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) – a global non-profit that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure platform – and a member of the Swiss Climate Foundation, a network of Swiss banks, insurers and other service providers who support the climate innovation projects of small and medium-sized enterprises.

To further drive our engagement on biodiversity, UBP became a member of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Forum. The initiative aims to develop and deliver a disclosure and risk management framework for nature-related risks. In addition, UBP is a member of the FAIRR initiative, working with other investors to use their influence as responsible stewards of capital to drive change in the intensive animal-production sector.

UBP is also a member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), allowing us to work with others in the relatively new field of impact investing in the listed equity segment.

Find out more about our collaboration with CISL’s ILG in this video with
Lucy Auden, formerly Senior Programme Manager at CISL ILG

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