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."


Good health and wellbeing

Toxic smoke from open fires causes 4 million deaths a year, half of which are children under five who catch pneumonia after breathing in soot.

Investment in cleaner fuels and cooking stoves has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, while at the same time creating opportunities that allow investors to do well by doing good.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is leading the way. Between 2010 and 2015, it distributed more than 53 million clean or efficient stoves and fuels. It aims to reach 100 million homes by 2020.

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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.


Bold and Innovative Sustainable Investment for Institutional Investors

Michael Baldinger, Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at UBS Asset Management, calls his company's approach to Sustainable Investment ‘game-changing.’

They are at the forefront of developing new frameworks for managing ESG data to not only look at corporate performance, but to begin to quantify corporations' global environmental and social impact.

This new approach, with revolutionary metrics and analytics, gives a broader, more comprehensive vision of the investment landscape - with transparency at the heart.

Our goal at UBS is to be the world’s leading sustainable investing asset manager; to be ahead of the curve and play a material role in the mainstreaming of this important new approach.

– Michael Baldinger

Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing,

UBS Asset Management

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.


Strategy to invest in the world’s future

As one of the world's leading banks, UBS is laying the foundation for next generation opportunity and long-term prosperity. This means addressing and investing in global issues that affect regions and communities now. The world’s needs are our collective responsibility. Many investors want to do well by doing good which is fuelling demand for responsible investing. With $4.3T growth in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focused investments since 1995, we offer a compelling strategy:

Stock selection methodology

The Sustainability Leaders are selected based on Sustainalytics' ESG Rating.

Testing and monitoring performance

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How to make an impact

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