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Social responsibility

Thinking and acting sustainably forms part of our corporate philosophy.

Taking responsibility

The world is facing major environmental, societal, technological and political challenges. We must all fulfill our social and corporate responsibility and contribute to a livable future. LGT does this in a number of areas.

Pollution, climate change, government debt and drastic austerity measures are putting a strain on democratic cohesion and taking their toll on societies. However, it would appear that the warning signs have finally been recognized at the national and international levels, and sustainability is increasingly becoming a topic of public debate.

In order to address the global challenges, the UN adopted its Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. These cover a balanced mix of economic, social and environmental factors.

The goals have been in force since 2016 for all 193 UN member states and mark the first time that fighting poverty and sustainable development have been combined under one agenda. But the UN can only achieve these goals if all stakeholders do their part: governments, business, local communities and every individual.

Sustainability in the financial sector

The financial sector can and must also act sustainably and make a contribution – through structural adjustments and technological innovations. As an investor and investment advisor for capital allocation, it plays an important role in the necessary transformation process.

Why LGT thinks and acts sustainably

LGT was early to commit to sustainability; long-term thinking and actions have always been among the company’s core characteristics. That’s why we have been working for many years now to further strengthen our commitment to sustainability both in terms of our operations and our core private banking and asset management business. Ensuring that our activities make a positive contribution to the environment and society is important to us.

LGT Sustainability Strategy 2025

Our new sustainability strategy came into force in 2018. It sets out binding goals to be reached by 2025 with a view to taking sustainability into even greater account in all areas of our business activities and across our entire product range.

Binding governance structure

The Sustainability Board chaired by H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, CEO LGT, defines the strategic direction and guidelines for sustainability. LGT Group’s entire senior management and other areas of the business are represented on the Sustainability Board.

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The Think Tank is a committee staffed by in-house experts. It monitors current trends and developments and works on a project basis with external specialists and representatives from universities. It supports the Sustainability Board in forming opinions and shares its expertise with the various committees.

With the LGT Sustainability Strategy 2025, we aim to make a contribution to the UN’s SDGs and as a result, help to make the world better and more sustainable.

LGT Group can make a concrete contribution to the following eight of the 17 SDGs:

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Sustainable investment at LGT

Investing sustainably at LGT

Financial institutions that integrate environmental and social sustainability criteria into their investment decisions are catering to growing interest from clients. The majority of institutional investors are now convinced that sustainable investing helps to increase risk-adjusted returns. And sustainable investments are also becoming increasingly important for private investors. Many investors no longer want to hold companies that are involved in controversial activities or that pollute the environment in their investment portfolios.

Sustainable management is important to LGT.

Doing business sustainably at LGT

For LGT, responsible and sustainable corporate governance is an essential requirement for gaining and reinforcing the trust of clients and employees, and also that of the company’s owner and other stakeholders. We consider it our responsibility to fulfill our social and corporate responsibilities, be mindful of the social and environmental consequences of our business activities and offer our employees an attractive, safe and healthy working environment. In our business operations, we strive to use resources sustainably and sparingly and we play our part in protecting the climate. In addition to this, we require our suppliers to produce sustainably.

 LGT fulfils its social responsibility through sustainable thinking and action.

Thinking sustainably at LGT

A company should not focus solely on maximizing profits. After all, in the long term, companies can only flourish in a healthy society. LGT fulfills its social and corporate responsibilities by thinking and acting sustainably. It tries to give back to society, uses natural resources sparingly and plays its part in protecting the climate. For this contribution to be as effective as possible, we engage in a regular dialog with various stakeholders – clients, our owner and employees, as well as the authorities, suppliers, academia and society as a whole.

The LGT Sustainability Report

LGT Sustainability Report

In our latest Sustainability Report we describe the sustainability objectives we have set for ourselves, the ways we intend to achieve these and the efforts we have made in recent years to contribute to sustainable development.

LGT Sustainability Report 2019 (PDF)

LGT Sustainability Report 2017 to 2018 (PDF)

LGT Sustainability Report 2015 to 2016 (PDF)

 

Memberships and partnerships

The only way to tackle problems such as climate change, social imbalances and political polarization is by working together. We therefore engage in a regular dialog with various stakeholders. In addition, we try to promote sustainability by collaborating with various specialist organizations.

Contact

If you have questions or require further information, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Head Group Sustainability Management
Ursula Finsterwald
Tel. +423 235 2831
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LGT Media Relations
Christof Buri
Head Group Marketing & Communications
Tel. +423 235 2303
lgt.media@lg

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LGT Media Relations
Christof Buri
Head Group Marketing & Communications
Tel. +423 235 2303
lgt.media@lgt.com

Group Sustainability Manager