Making wealth work
We believe that private corporations can and should meaningfully drive initiatives that support positive change in the world. We are working as a company to ensure that our interests and activities are aligned with our commitment to responsibility.
As a financial services provider operating in three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), we embrace the urgency to transition to a sustainable economy that benefits not only individuals but also the world we inhabit, creating health, wealth and security for future generations, and we are proactively working with partners to address these problems at the heart of the issue.
Investing in good foundations
We believe that investing in real estate should create value for each party in every step of the process, down to the inhabitants of the properties themselves. We’re committed to making real estate asset management a force for good.
The assets we acquire undergo a strict review and must be developed by reputable general contractors and meet new government and investor building standards. We also favour properties that have (or will) achieve Swiss labels (SNBS, Minergie®, and LEA®) that help us meet voluntary responsibility objectives.
Encouraging responsible investing
The evidence is clear — to drive transformative change for a better future, a combined effort is required from all stakeholders. The finance sector is no exception, which is why we’re enabling our clients to also part take in the transition to a sustainable economy.
Since 2021, our private clients have been invested in private equity funds focused on the fast-growing energy transition sector. By offering access to specialized boutiques, we’re able to help those we work with invest responsibly through investment vehicles that drive a range of sustainable initiatives, including developing efficient energy solutions, increasing the supply of renewable energy, and reducing carbon emissions through low-carbon mobility infrastructure.
Excluding societal harms
Additionally, our approach to investing outlines a clearly defined exclusion criteria for our Swiss equity mandates. Sectors and companies that have a evident negative impact on society or the environment are excluded from our investment universe.
Our sustainable strategy for equities excludes companies that earn more than 5% of their turnover in the fields of weapons manufacturing, nuclear energy, tobacco, gambling and adult entertainment.
Tobacco kills more than 480,000 people annually — more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Tobacco costs the U.S. over $225 billion in health care expenditures and more than $180 billion in lost productivity each year.
The weapons industry actively contributes to instability and deadly conflicts around the globe. Studies show that conflict is responsible for 100,000 deaths annually and more than 500 people die each day because of gun-related violence.
Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money. Gambling can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life.
In 2016, global gambling losses were estimated to total $400 billion.
The adult entertainment industry poses serious health risks, both to the performers and consumers. We regard adult entertainment as a social harm, which is why it is excluded from our investment universe.
Cultivating a culture of respect and diversity
We hire and actively promote talented people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or cultural background, and we provide an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment, promoting talents and giving opportunities and recognition to our managers.
The Geneva Management Group is an organization that encourages all employees to take on considerable responsibilities, providing clear career progression and development.
We empower staff across the organization — the company provides a crucial ‘seat at the table’ for all employees, including within senior management, to be part of the strategic decision-making, helping to design internal structures and processes. We are committed to creating an optimal, beneficial workplace for both women and men.
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