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Secretary, UBS Corporate Responsibility Committee
Head, Corporate Responsibility Management
Corporate historian and Head, UBS Historical Archives
Definition of Responsible Investment Banking
UBS’s commitment to corporate responsibility is incorporated in the principles and standards set out in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. These apply to all aspects of our business and the ways in which we engage with our stakeholders – from the products and services we offer our clients, our management of environmental and social risks, to the way we protect the well-being of our employees. See the UBS corporate responsibility video at http://www.ubs.com/global/en/about_ubs/corporate_responsibility.html
Areas of Expertise
– Corporate responsibility (CR)
– CR reporting & communications
– NGOs & banking
– Human rights & banking
– Corporate history
As Secretary to the UBS Corporate Responsibility Committee (CRC), one of the five Board of Directors committees, Christian assists the Committee’s Chair in putting together the agenda for the Committee and prepares the accompanying documentation. The CRC supports the firm’s Board in fulfilling its duty to safeguard and advance the Group’s reputation for responsible corporate conduct and to assess developments in stakeholder expectations and their possible consequences for UBS.
Christian coordinates UBS’s corporate responsibility reporting and has particular responsibilities in the area of NGO (non-governmental organization) communications and analysis. He is also head of the UBS Historical Archives and the firm’s corporate historian, acting as a centre of competence for all questions pertaining to historical issues at the firm.
Christian has worked on a large range of corporate responsibility topics and regularly gives workshops and presentations on corporate responsibility in general and at UBS, and on particular topics and issues.
Prior to joining UBS in 2003 Christian taught history at universities in the UK and New Zealand. He has written and edited six books and a very substantial number of articles and essays.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: [Tertiary only]
1994 Oxford University – DPhil Modern European History
1989 University of the West of England, Bristol – BA (Hons) Humanities
1991-1993 Wolfson College, Oxford, UK – Junior Research Fellow
1993-1996 University of the West of England, Bristol, UK – Lecturer
1996-2003 University of Auckland, New Zealand – Associate Professor
2003- date UBS AG, Zurich, Switzerland – Executive Director
UBS, headquartered in Switzerland, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, offering international wealth and asset management as well as investment banking services. UBS is fully committed to corporate responsibility. This commitment is incorporated in the principles and standards set out in the bank’s Code of Business Conduct & Ethics. These apply to all aspects of UBS’ business and the ways in which the firm engages with its stakeholders – from the products and services offered to its clients, its management of environmental and social risks, to the way UBS protects the well-being of its employees and society at large. As part of this, and in line with the firm’s endorsement of the UN Global Compact, UBS adopted the “UBS Statement on Human Rights“ in 2006, setting out the firm’s position on human rights issues with regard to its employees, sup-pliers and clients. This chapter explains how the UBS environmental and social risk framework developed over time with regard to incorporating aspects of human rights when vetting prospective corporate clients and executing their transactions. In particular, it illustrates how the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights, together with discourse between committed universal banks convened as the Thun Group, contributed to the successful integration of human rights into UBS’ due diligence process.
With CR/CSR/Sustainability experts at peer banks and other companies – globally
With historians and historical archivists at peer banks and other companies – in Europe
Hobbies & Social Engagement
Gardening, Exploring the history of our (very old) house, Football, Enjoying my wife’s formidable food creation skills