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UBS was named the best performer in the Diversified Financial Services and Capital Markets Industry of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the most widely recognised corporate sustainability rating.
"Today's recognition underlines our efforts to maintain a clear leadership in the field of sustainability," said Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer at UBS Group AG. "UBS is committed to creating a long-term positive impact for clients, employees, investors and society as a whole."
The RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) is a comprehensive annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices and performance. Every March, RobecoSAM extends invitations to over 3,500 of the largest, listed companies globally to participate in the assessment by completing an in-depth questionnaire. UBS leads the Diversified Financial Services and Capital Markets industry in the CSA based on its Total Sustainability Score in 2018.
The news of the DJSI industry leadership comes shortly after UBS's Environmental, Social and Governance rating was raised to AA from A by investment-research firm MSCI ESG Research, another indicator of our strong progress in the area of sustainability.
UBS has bold ambitions to drive change that matters as demonstrated by its public commitment to allocate USD 5 billion of client assets into new impact investments dedicated to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by the end of 2021.
In January 2018, UBS launched the world's first 100% sustainable investment portfolio mandate, which doubled assets under management in August (reaching CHF 2.45 billion). The portfolio offers private clients unprecedented diversified exposure to high-grade sustainable fixed income via an allocation to development bank debt. UBS also set new financial benchmark indices for World Bank and other high-grade development bank debt together with Solactive, increasing investors' access to sustainable fixed income.
Besides sustainable and impact investing, UBS' sustainable activities also encompass its engagement in client and corporate philanthropy, as well as the reduction of its own environmental footprint. In 2017, UBS reduced its own greenhouse emissions by 59% vs. 2004, with the ambition to fully rely on renewable electricity by 2020.