As the largest independent investment company in the German-speaking world, we are conscious of our social responsibility. We regard the trust of our customers and employees as valuable assets. We want to drive innovation and change – in line with our corporate guidelines and our responsibility towards our environment . Our employees cultivate a culture of responsibility and individual accountability.
Accordingly, the Universal-Investment Group shapes its business activities to make them sustainable and valuable for society and the environment. The integration of sustainability into our long-term corporate strategy complements our vision of becoming Europe's leading fund service platform, which promotes the acceptance and implementation of sustainability in investment decisions.
Our customers, our employees as well as society and environment form the pillars of our sustainable corporate success. We achieve our vision with a sustainability strategy that meets our responsibility for these three areas. Corporate goals, customer orientation and employee satisfaction should be in line with social and ecological principles.
As a central platform for institutional investors and fund initiators, the Universal Investment Group is a fundamental building block of the financial industry. To live up to the related high level of responsibility, we have actively committed ourselves to the "Principles for Responsible Investment" (PRI).
This voluntary commitment, developed by the United Nations, aims to increase the incorporation of environmental, social and corporate governance factors in investment decisions. Since its foundation in 1968, the Universal-Investment Group – as a fund service platform – has strictly excluded active asset management.
For this reason, these PRI principles are of utmost importance for us:
As an independent fund service platform, we pool the investments of institutional investors such as pension funds, companies and foundations, as well as of fund initiators such as asset managers, banks and investment boutiques, with a total volume of over €400 billion. This platform model makes us an ideal partner to accompany our clients on the way to integrating sustainability into their investments and thus also to support the PRI principles , which are more related to active asset management.
In addition, we want to promote cooperation in the field of sustainability, create transparency, establish new standards and actively help shape them. The networking and cooperation with other sustainability initiatives is therefore of great importance. Accordingly, the Universal-Investment Group is involved in associations and working groups that promote and develop sustainable issues in the financial sector. We participate in initiatives, sustainable product developments of our customers or develop new products or services with fintech’s and start-ups that promote sustainability in the financial industry.
We aim to effectively share knowledge and raise awareness of ESG issues in the financial industry, thereby accelerating their implementation and development. The Universal-Investment Group defines its own role as an enabler, since its platform links the entire value chain of the asset management industry.
Further questions and inquiries for information should be addressesd to our ESG-Office - we would be happy to help you: firstname.lastname@example.org.