Doing well by doing good

Positive impact and positive return:
The power of sustainable investment

Since the United Nations established its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there has never been greater drive for "doing well by doing good."

But when it comes to private investment, what does this really mean? Can investors effect genuine change through sustainable or impact investing and still expect solid returns? "Today's investors want to see a positive impact on society and the environment as well as solid financial returns" says Sergio Ermotti, UBS Group Chief Executive "And the SDGs present a critical opportunity to promote sustainable growth for all."


Alternative ways to feed the world

The United Nations has set a Sustainable Development Goal to conserve and restore the use of the world’s ecosystems — such as forests, mountains, wetlands and drylands — by 2020. More than 80 percent of current Amazon rainforest deforestation rates are driven by beef production. Producing food from plants uses as much as 99 percent less land than is needed for traditional beef burgers. Thanks to more consumers choosing to cut their meat consumption, demand for plant-based proteins is expanding globally and is set to become a multi-billion dollar industry in the next few years. Find out more about how startups like Beyond Meat are leading this food revolution.

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Episodes coming soon

December 11
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
January 17
Doing well by doing good: Future
February 7
SDG 12: Responsible consumption
February 27
SDG 5: Gender Equality

What type of investor are you?

Traditional investor
Focuses entirely on obtaining maximum financial return. Little to no consideration of moral impact.

Focus on financial return but only from companies with a positive ESG rating.

Impact investor
Focus mostly on financial return, but also producing positive social and/or environment impacts.

Focus primarily on positive societal impact, little if any financial return on investment.

How popular is sustainable investing worldwide?

Global investments using

Global investments using
Impact Investing

And these numbers are booming! If you want to get on board with sustainable investment, and see the rewards of doing well by doing good, find out more here.

Source: UBS, Global Sustainable Investment Alliance and US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.


What you need to know now

Doing well by doing good

Do you want to play a role in building a more sustainable society and/or environment? And if so, do you expect to make a profit from your investment? This report sheds light on the what, why, and how of impact investing. We invite you dig deeper into this innovative and exciting area.

Adding value(s) to investing

In recent years, growing portions of society have raised concerns about the prevailing economic growth model. This introduction to SI is targeted at investors new to the field as well as those with some familiarity who wish to learn more.


Mobilizing private wealth for public good

Private capital is likely to be critical in achieving the SDGs of: zero hunger; quality education; good health and well-being; affordable and clean energy; sustainable industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and climate action. UBS unveils a blueprint for channeling private wealth towards the SDG's.

Longer Term Investments

The latest WEF risk landscape identified that a water crisis – and the failure to adapt to climate change – is among the top five threats facing the planet. Global warming will affect the quality and quantity of water resources worldwide.


How to make an impact

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