1. Sustainability
  2. Doing business responsibly

Doing business responsibly

Doing business responsibly

Complying with regulatory and legal requirements is intrinsic to our business approach. But even beyond compliance with applicable laws, ethical business conduct forms the basis for all our actions, underlining our four key values: dedication, conviction, agility and responsibility.

Compliance with laws and regulations

To ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, we carry out self-assessments on a yearly basis, examining internal and external audit reports and feedback from regulators. To ensure client-facing employees and those handling and checking client transactions are fully aware of financial crime-related issues such as anti-corruption, they are required to take a mandatory compliance e-learning course on UBP’s e-learning platform. 

UBP also has processes in place to oversee new regulatory developments and ensure timely adherence to new laws. Most of the compliance processes are under the responsibility of the Compliance department and each staff member also has a personal responsibility of ensuring they observe all applicable rules, laws and regulations.

Sustainability regulations

In order to facilitate the EU’s ambitious climate and energy targets, the European Commission has published an Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth, introducing new requirements for financial market participants. In Switzerland, the implementation of sustainable finance regulations is already under way and these are expected to be similar to those in the EU, particularly as regards the aspects put forward by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Consequently, UBP has been preparing to integrate these new regulatory requirements into its business.

In addition, in 2020 UBP conducted an assessment of the impact of the upcoming EU regulations on its processes, products, tools and controls in preparation in particular for the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and the planned changes to the MIFID II regulation.

Focus on sustainability risks

In 2020, we set up a dedicated sustainability risk framework and have been reviewing its implementation on an ongoing basis. Climate-related issues (such as natural disasters) and widespread health risks have been identified as potential challenges to UBP’s risk management in the future. To reinforce our sustainability risk approach, we are implementing up-to-date systems, regularly making substantial investments in ESG data collection and integrating these into our IT infrastructure. 

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