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Profession / Affiliation
Head of Environmental and Social Risk at UBS
Secretary of UBS’s Global Environmental and Social Risk Committee
Secretary of UBS’s Environmental and Human Rights Committee
UBS AG – Group Risk Control
Definition of Responsible Investment Banking
“Create long term value for the firm and its stakeholders. Identify and manage potential adverse impacts to the environment and to human rights of products, services and own operations and support clients in meeting their sustainable investing and financing needs.”
Areas of Expertise
• Environmental & social risk
• Environmental management systems, ISO 14001
• Climate change strategy
• Human rights in banking
• Sustainable investing
• Responsible supply chain management
• Corporate responsibility disclosure
Liselotte joined UBS in 1997 and heads the firm’s Environmental and Social Risk function since 2003. She advises senior management on the advancement and implementation of UBS’s Environmental & Human Rights Policy, has firm-wide responsibility for coordinating UBS’s Environmental & Human Rights program and develops and implements principles and independent risk control frameworks for environmental and social (including human rights) risks within UBS Group.
She represents UBS in relevant organizations such as the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and is a member of the advisory boards of the University of Zurich Competence Center for Human Rights (UZHR) and of the Swiss Center of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR). Together with other bank representatives, she helped shaping the Thun Group of Banks discussion paper on implications of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for the financial industry.
Liselotte holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics (lic. rer. pol) and a certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Berne, Switzerland.
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.
UBS, ESR and sustainability experts in the financial industry
Hobbies & Social Engagement
Exploring the beauty and diversify of North America’s national parks and culture