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2nd September 2020

Bank J. Safra Sarasin Awarded Highest Score In UN PRI Assessment Report

Bank J. Safra Sarasin is pleased to announce it has been awarded A+, the highest score, by the United Nations-supported Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), for its overall Sustainability Strategy and Governance. The score reflects the Bank’s pioneering position in the field of sustainable investments and its firm commitment to integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles into each step of its investment process.
The PRI Report assesses its signatories’ implementation of responsible investment practices across asset classes, providing a comparison year-over-year as well as with peers. In the 2020 PRI Report, the Bank also received at least an A score for all six modules for which it was assessed, well above the industry average. Bank J. Safra Sarasin is proud to be a founding signatory of the UN PRI, which has more than 3’000 signatories today.
With over 30 years of experience in sustainability, the Bank remains dedicated to contributing positively to a sustainable future. It recently launched a climate pledge aiming for a carbon-neutral outcome by 2035, and is committed towards achieving society’s goals as expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Dr. Jan Amrit Poser, Chief Strategist and Head Sustainability commented:
“As a founding signatory of the UN PRI, Bank J. Safra Sarasin has always strived to take the Principles literally by integrating sustainability into each step of the investment process, from macro, industry and company analysis to portfolio construction and reporting.”
Sasja Beslik, Head Sustainable Finance Development commented:
“As a fully integrated and focused sustainable asset management, this highest mark by the UN PRI represents an important recognition of J. Safra Sarasin Asset Management’s thought-leadership in sustainable investments.”
What is the PRI?
The PRI is an initiative sponsored by the United Nations that promotes responsible investment practices amongst investors to enhance returns and better manage risks. It has six Principles for Responsible Investment, on which the Bank was assessed:
  1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
  5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
  6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.