Swiss banking group UBS has introduced an sustainable investment initiative targeted at private clients. It is designed to help them tackle various sustainability challenges.
The new “Future of…” initiative will release white papers on these challenges, with the first focusing on Future of Waste.
The Future of Waste paper depicts investment opportunities in this area, highlighting how investors can lower costs and issues related to waste.
The paper, authored by UBS Global Wealth Management Chief Investment Office, brings to investors waste reduction tools to boost returns of businesses as well as highlights equity and bonds issued by waste management firms.
It also aids in the identification of companies that have been successful in curbing waste.
The offering includes investments from UBS and third parties covering individual stocks and bonds, liquid funds outperforming on waste standards, as well as private market funds where portfolio companies address waste issues.
The Future of… programme leverages the Swiss firm’s Deep Theme Explorer tool from UBS Evidence Lab.
The tool is designed to identify terms or phrases surrounding a theme, gauge its frequency and the sentiment around it.
UBS Global Wealth Management CIO Mark Haefele said: “Our new Future of… initiative aims to help investors engage with some of the defining issues of our time.
“Following today’s launch of Future of Waste, we look forward to adding other instalments later in 2020.”
The launch of the new initiative follows record achievements of UBS in the thematic and sustainable investing space.
Notably, the 100% sustainable cross-asset portfolio of the firm has grown its assets to more than $10bn from $1bn at launch around two years earlier.