Aiming to be responsible

Aiming to be responsible

Our mission has always been to partner with our clients in sustaining and building their wealth over multiple generations. With wealth comes responsibility and long-term thinking. The impact of our investment decisions extends beyond our portfolios, and we must therefore be deliberate in our choices.

Responsibility and long-term thinking

At Pictet Wealth Management, we have adopted the term Responsible Investing, as it represents the breadth of the investment opportunity while at the same time capturing its primary objective: to invest responsibly, regardless of what one’s personal definition of that may be. Responsible Investing presents a broad spectrum of investment options, from Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration, where ESG factors are included in traditional financial analysis, to Impact Investing, where meeting a goal with social benefits is prioritised ahead of financial returns. This responsibility inherently includes the preservation and improvement of the world that our future generations will inherit. A rich life is one with not only financial means, but also family, health, security and stability, and we must ensure that future generations can enjoy life’s richness tomorrow as we do today.

Active Ownership

As an active investor, we aim to exercise our voting right, whenever it is possible, in the best interests of our clients. We also strive to engage with companies in which we invest in order to exert influence on company management to pursue the sustainable business practices that we believe are more likely to generate long term value. This happens on multiple levels either directly or in collaboration with others. The paramount objective is to influence a company’s ESG long term performance and to protect or enhance the value of our clients’ investments. We achieve this through our research and in meetings with company representatives but, where appropriate, we may choose to sell the investment.

Active ownership is a concrete step in the journey towards ESG integration and adherence to the UN principles.

Being a relatively large player, we can change things and it’s our responsibility to contribute to that change by allocating resources, channelling funding to companies that recognise the issue of climate change and have a plan.
— Marc Pictet, Managing Partner, Pictet Group

Partnerships and commitments to sustainability

Pictet adheres to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking, and partners with organisations that promote sustainability, including Swiss Sustainable Finance, the Swiss Climate Foundation, and the International Energy Agency.

EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

The information contained in this section is provided in accordance with Art. 10 of the REGULATION (EU) 2019/2088 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 November 2019 on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector (SFDR).

Bank Pictet & Cie (Europe) AG and its branches falls in scope of SFDR in the capacity of a Financial Market Participant, and offers financial products in scope of SFDR. The following provides an overview of the financial portfolio management products of Bank Pictet & Cie (Europe) AG and its branches that promote environmental and/or social characteristics (Article 8 SFDR).

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