Investing for a sustainable world
With more than 200 years of investment experience, Pictet is used to taking the long view. In so doing, we consider not just the needs and desires of today's generation but also those of tomorrow’s. Developing sustainable investment solutions takes foresight, time and stamina. As the world changes, so too must the way we look at investment as a whole.
A philosophy of sustainability
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
— Sir Winston Churchill
Towards a more responsible form of capitalism
A growing body of investors, from the professional pension provider to the couple saving for their children's education, expect investment managers to incorporate environmental, social and governance criteria into their decision-making processes, alongside traditional financial metrics.
The investor community is a key force for positive change, driving progress, as well as funding new technologies. Pictet and many of our clients are allocating capital to finance the real economy, with the needs of future generations in mind. We are developing a broader view of what we are investing in, establishing a better, more robust process that can deliver strong sustainable returns.
Since 2011, the Pictet Group has enforced a strict exclusion policy on companies involved in controversial weapons for all its actively managed strategies. Such weapons may cause indiscriminate or disproportionate harm and their use is banned or restricted under international conventions*. These include cluster munitions, antipersonnel mines, chemical and biological, as well as nuclear weapons which are produced for countries that have not signed the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
As part of this commitment, in August 2018, Pictet spearheaded a collaborative initiative together with Swiss Sustainable Finance, that aims to remove such companies from mainstream indices.
Swiss Sustainable Finance
Pictet sits on the Board of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF), an association that promotes the integration of sustainability in the financial industry. In particular, it aims to make Switzerland a leading worldwide centre for sustainable finance.
As part of its commitment with SSF, Pictet is one of the main sponsors of the “Swiss sustainable investment market study 2018”. This market study, carried out for the first time by SSF, finds there has been an 82% increase in assets invested sustainably. The biggest growth was in the assets managed by institutional investors (up 128%), but sustainable investment funds and mandates also experienced growth of 47% and 25% respectively.
As shown in the report, the Pictet Group has an 8.1% market share when it comes to sustainable investments in Switzerland.
UN Principles for Responsible Investment
The first Pictet business unit to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) in 2007, Pictet Asset Management has been active in sustainable investing for nearly 20 years. Today, Pictet Wealth Management, Pictet Alternative Advisors and the Pictet Group Pension Fund are also signatories.
How we help
Anti-personnel mines: Ottawa Convention (1999)
Cluster munitions: Oslo Convention (2010)
Biological and chemical weapons: Geneva Protocol of 1925, Biological Weapons Convention (1975), Chemical Weapons Convention (1997)
Nuclear weapons: Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1970)