1. Sustainability
  2. Moving forward with our clients

Moving forward with our clients

Moving forward with our clients

Allocating capital to responsible economic activities allows us to protect and grow our clients’ wealth for future generations, while helping to shape a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and equitable economy.

Responsible investment      

Ensuring that investments meet or exceed regulatory, social and environmental criteria in the ever-evolving economic landscape is key to securing stable, long-term returns for our clients, while allowing us to respond to the defining global challenges of our time.

In our view, companies with an appropriate management structure and the ability to mitigate environmental and social risks ultimately have a more viable business model.

Since signing up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) in 2012, we have continually enhanced our expertise, approach and product offering in responsible investment. We are now close to applying environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to 100% of UBP’s recommended investment universe. This includes screening, promotion, active ownership and thought leadership in our investment processes. 

“It is only by making sustainability the centre of everyone’s investment approach that we will collectively make big changes.”

Karine Jesiolowski, Head of Responsible Investment, Asset Management



Impact Investing

We are determined to identify companies and sectors that can deliver a positive impact alongside financial returns. This allows investors to align their financial objectives of investing in companies that show strong growth potential with their values of supporting companies that are having a concrete, positive impact.

Addressing the world’s most pressing environmental and societal challenges requires more than doing business responsibly: it requires disruptive and innovative solutions that address challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, poverty and inequality.

The power of the financial sector lies in identifying companies that will thrive in this transformation and directing investments towards them. Allocating capital to companies that will emerge as leaders is not only key for the future of our planet but also for the future viability of our Bank and our clients. 

UBP is seizing this opportunity as a pioneer in impact investing. We have an established range of strategies generating both social and environmental impact, with the latest addition focusing on companies that are protecting and/or restoring biodiversity. Our success in impact investing rests on a highly efficient analysis framework structured around six themes which tie in with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as our proprietary scoring system “IMAP” that allows us to measure the impact our investee companies have on the environment and on society.


More about impact investing

Investing for profitable positive impact

How we live our lives and how we choose to invest our savings have typically been worlds apart. Happily, it has recently become possible to bring these two elements much closer together.

Assessing the impact intensity of companies

Union Bancaire Privée is taking a unique approach to impact investing. Interview with Simon Pickard and Mathieu Nègre.

Impact investing in emerging markets post COVID-19

2020 has been a real stress test for impact investors in terms of balancing impact and financial returns.

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