As pioneer and market leader in sustainable investment, J. Safra Sarasin began looking at environmental factors as part of its financial analysis as early as 1989.
Bank J. Safra Sarasin is convinced that the long-term prosperity of its clients represents the best basis for the consistency of its own success. To this end, its business activity is based on holistic thinking and action.
Being committed to sustainability, transparency was and is important and so the bank was one of the first financial institutions to make a commitment, to publishing all the relevant information about our sustainability funds in line with the Transparency Code of the European  Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif). We were also one of the first signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI).
In 1994 we launched the world’s first investment fund to be based on an ecoefficiency concept, and in 1997 social factors were included for the first time when rating companies’ performance. In 2003 Sarasin completed another first, by expanding its sustainability analysis of bonds to include debt paper issued by countries and public-sector institutions.
The statement "Sustainable Swiss Private Banking since 1841" underlines the strong commitment to sustainability and the Bank's Swiss roots.