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  • Overall approach
    10/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      10/16
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero net deforestation
      10/16
      "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020.
  • Commodity score
    29/64
    • Beef & Leather
      22/64
      • Commitment Strength
        22/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Zero net deforestation
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          7.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          4.4/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: FI has specific deadline for all companies to comply
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "[We] endorsed the Banking Environment Initiative’s and Consumer Goods Forum’s “Soft Commodities” Compact. In doing so, we [expect] producers to be fully certified according to applicable sustainability certification schemes [...] by 2020."
      • Social Considerations
        0/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Type of policy: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
            "we will not knowingly provide financial services to corporate clients, nor will we purchase goods or services from suppliers, where the use of proceeds, primary business activity, or acquisition target involves the following risks: [...] Child Labor: according to ILO-conventions 138 (minimum age) and 182 (worst forms), Forced Labor: according to ILO-convention 29"
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
    • Palm oil
      32/64
      • Commitment Strength
        28/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.4/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Deforestation-free
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          7.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): RSPO
            Verification method: Certification Scheme
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available). Company must also be committed to “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE)."
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: FI has specific deadline for all companies to comply
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available)."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available)."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available)."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available)."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies must be a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] Companies must further have some level of mill or plantation certification and be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020 (evidence must be available)."
      • Social Considerations
        4/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          4/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Entire supply chain - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Entire supply chain - Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
            "we will not knowingly provide financial services to corporate clients, nor will we purchase goods or services from suppliers, where the use of proceeds, primary business activity, or acquisition target involves the following risks: [...] Child Labor: according to ILO-conventions 138 (minimum age) and 182 (worst forms), Forced Labor: according to ILO-convention 29"
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
    • Soy
      32/64
      • Commitment Strength
        28/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.3/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Zero net deforestation
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers
            0.1/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers
            0.1/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          7.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): RTRS
            Verification method: Certification Scheme
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) [...] Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) [...] Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) [...] Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) [...] Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) [...] Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: FI has specific deadline for all companies to comply
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing soy in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must be a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and not subject to any unresolved public criticism from the RTRS. Companies must further be publicly committed to achieving full certification by 2020". 
      • Social Considerations
        4/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          4/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Entire supply chain - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Entire supply chain - Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
            "we will not knowingly provide financial services to corporate clients, nor will we purchase goods or services from suppliers, where the use of proceeds, primary business activity, or acquisition target involves the following risks: [...] Child Labor: according to ILO-conventions 138 (minimum age) and 182 (worst forms), Forced Labor: according to ILO-convention 29"
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            0
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      32/64
      • Commitment Strength
        32/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Reduce deforestation
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          3.5/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Own operations - Require
            2/4
            Commitment details
            Own operations - Require
            2/4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...] illegal logging".
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...] illegal logging".
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...] illegal logging".
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...] illegal logging".
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers
            0.3/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers
            0.3/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...] illegal logging".
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          7.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            Commitment details
            All high priority landscapes - Encourage
            6/8
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "UBS will not knowingly provide financial or advisory services to clients whose primary business activity, or where the proposed transaction, is associated with severe environmental or social damage to or through use of [...]World heritage sites as classified by UNESCO[...]Wetlands on the Ramsar list[...]Endangered species of wild flora and fauna listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species[and]High conservation value forests". 
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): FSC
            Verification method: Certification Scheme
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: FI has specific deadline for all companies to comply
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies producing timber in markets at high risk of tropical deforestation must seek to achieve full certification of their production by 2020 according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or a national scheme endorsed against the 2010 Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meta standard for timber products."
      • Social Considerations
        0/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Type of policy: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
            "we will not knowingly provide financial services to corporate clients, nor will we purchase goods or services from suppliers, where the use of proceeds, primary business activity, or acquisition target involves the following risks: [...] Child Labor: according to ILO-conventions 138 (minimum age) and 182 (worst forms), Forced Labor: according to ILO-convention 29"
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            No
            0/0.4
  • Reporting & Implementation
    10/20
    • Policy is reviewed and updated
      3/5
      Policy review
      Commit to update policy - Timeline unclear
      3/5
      "[...] developments therefore require regular and critical assessment of our policies and practices, based on an accurate monitoring and analysis of societal topics of potential relevance to UBS."
    • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
      0/5
    • Monitoring and non-compliance process
      3/5
      Monitoring compliance
      Yes - General non-compliance statement
      3/5
      "At portfolio level, we regularly review sensitive sectors and activities prone to bearing environmental and social risks [...] Clients, transactions or suppliers potentially in breach of UBS’s position, or otherwise subject to significant environmental and human rights controversies, are identified as part of UBS’s standard risk and compliance processes."
    • Reporting on implementation of the policy
      5/5
      Reporting
      Yes - Annually
      5/5
      Only for companies applying to be in their portfolio., "2114 referrals were assessed by our environmental and social risk unit, of which 95 were rejected or not pursued, 355 were approved with qualifications and 17 were pending"
      " In 2018, 2114 referrals were assessed by our environmental and social risk unit, of which 95 were rejected or not pursued, 355 were approved with qualifications and 17 were pending." These statistics regard companies applying to be in their portfolio.
  • Commitment strength
    27/42
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    2/22
    Avg. score

Profile

UBS are a global banking and investment group headquartered in Switzerland serving private, corporate and institutional clients. Their services include investment banking, capital markets, wealth management, corporate finance and retail banking services. As of 2017, UBS’ total assets amount to more than 910 billion CHF, with more than 310 billion CHF of gross loans. UBS are among the top 15 shareholders for Forest 500 companies, with more than 26 billion USD worth of shares across a broad range of forest risk sectors. They are also among the top 25 lenders to Forest 500 companies, with loans amounting to more than 20 billion USD.

HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Financial institution type
Financial institution type 
Asset management, Bank

How we assess the Forest 500

Investors and lenders need to adopt and implement strong deforestation policies that ensure their investments are not funding the destruction of forests.

All assessments use policies published on financial institution websites, some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

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