Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd

Company mission

The J. Safra Sarasin Bank is a leading sustainable private bank which combines all the advantages of the Swiss finance hub with dynamic and personalized consulting services, focusing on investment opportunities in international financial markets. It is part of the family in Owned Safra Group, which can look back on a long and successful history in private Banking.

The J. Safra Sarasin Group is committed to its customers, respectively the management and further development of the assets of its clients in the first place. The whole group stands on a solid financial foundation and followed conservative principles. Belonging to the family Safra, offers companies of the Group and its customers stability and a long-term perspective. She sits so in the interests of their customers and employees and in terms of sustainability on the minimization of risks. J. Safra Sarasin is recognized worldwide as a leading financial provider and is represented at 25 locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. At the end of December 2014 customer assets were in the amount of CHF manages 147 billion and employs 1980 employees. The Group has a share capital of CHF 3.8 billion.

The J. Safra Sarasin Group is confident that the long-term economic success of their customers with the best basis for the stability of their own success. Therefore, the Group is in all aspects of their business to sustainable thinking and action. Sustainability gives the group a distinctive image in the market and creates continuity over time and generations.

Legal form

Limited Company (Aktiengesellschaft)


The Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG is owned by the Safra family, who can look back on a long and successful history in private banking. All companies of the Safra Group have a sound financial footing.



Executive Board

Executive Committee: Edmond Michaan (CEO), Daniel Belfer, Serge Ledermann, Thomas A. Müller, Sergio A. Penchas, Gilbert Ribeira, Bas Rijke, Marcelo Szerman, Elie Sassoon, Enid Yip

Number/qualification of employees

The Sustainable Investment Research comprises 15 experts, making it one of the largest sustainability dedicated investment teams worldwide.

Advisory Board/Council

J. Safra Sarasin is advised by an external Sustainability Advisory Board (Sustainable Investments Advisory Council). This is made up of experienced international experts in the field of sustainable investments. The members help develop the sustainable investment products and pass on their experience regarding "best practices" examples on. In addition, access to academic research in the field of sustainable investment is made possible.
Current members: Dr. Wolfgang Engshuber (President), Dr. Andreas GF Hoepner


Forum für nachhaltige Geldanlagen, Swiss Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Finance Geneva, Investor Climate Statement, Schweizerische Vereinigung für ökologische bewusste Unternehmensführung, Centre of Sustainability Management an der Universität Lüneburg, Zentrum für Nachhaltigkeit der ETH Zürich, Association for Responsible & Sustainable Investment Asia, European and UK Social Investment Forum, Carbon Disclosure Project, Emerging Market Disclosure Project, London Accord, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Forest Footprint Disclosure Project, CDP Water Disclosure Project, Social Investment Forum ESG Disclosure Project (USA), Access to Medicine Index, Investors' Statement on Payments Transparency in the Extractive Sectors (EITI), 2008 Investor Statement on a Global Agreement on Climate Change, 2009 Investor Statement on the Urgent Need for a Global Agreement on Climate Change, Sustainable Solar Initiative.


The aim of the Bank J. Safra Sarasin is to expand and differentiated customer requirements demand to use its position as leader in sustainable investments. We rely primarily on the proven sustainability matrix and can register for our sustainability knowledge in every step of the investment process incorporated: the design of the investment universe of the financial analysis and portfolio construction through to reporting.


Sustainability Analysis

The Sustainable Investment Research comprises 15 experts, making it one of the largest sustainability dedicated investment teams worldwide. It selects, analyzes and interprets companies, among others on the basis of external Rohdaten.Die raw data in the field of environmental and social issues are provided by the leading international sustainability research provider MSCI ESG. Raw data in the field of governance provided by the company GMI (Governance Metrics International). Data on controversial operations and reputational risks of companies are available from the Swiss company RepRisk. These data enable the early identification and analysis of reputational, compliance and financial risks. The raw data of the new providers are of the highest quality and are the ideal data basis for the classification of companies within our proprietary Sarasin Sustainability-Matrix ® represents.
The methodology of the sustainability analysis is based on the three pillars E, S and G (Environment, Social and Governance). The three pillars each have a weight of 20 to 50% of the total rating, depending on the industry. exhibit. The sustainability analysis is focused on so-called key issues ("Key Issues"). It is selected ESG issues that are particularly relevant to a specific industry. 5-10 Key Issues be defined for each sector. In the automotive sector, these are for example: CO2 emissions, opportunities in clean technology, employee relations, product safety and quality.
Controversy operations and reputational risks of companies are systematically recorded and reflected in the company's rating. This consideration may respectively to a substantial reduction of the rating. lead to exclusion from the sustainable investment universe.
Information relating to the sustainability ratings of individual companies are provided available to customers based on the new Sustainability Company Profiles. This is a one-sided research paper, which reflects the methodological developments and accordingly appears in a new layout.


Companies operating under the controversial business areas: nuclear energy, genetic engineering in agriculture, genetic engineering in medicine (human cloning and other manipulations of the human germ line), military equipment, tobacco and / or pornography are excluded from the investment universe.
For the two areas of nuclear energy and armaments applies a turnover threshold of 5%, in the area of armaments, the 25 largest defense companies are also excluded (regardless of its share of sales) world. Anymore substantial violations of company against generally, globally recognized human rights standards will be also excluded from the investment universe.

Company analysis:
The company analysis is made up of an industrial and a company rating and reflects the corresponding ESG opportunities and risks.

Industry rating ("Best-of-classes"): Each of the use of us ended sub-industries (along the GICS classification) has its own sustainability rating. This is based on a proprietary model that analyzes the relevant environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. The analysis is carried out along the value chain, both direct and indirect effects are taken into account. Risky industries (eg oil and gas) have a low credit rating and safe industries a high value (eg telecommunications). The underlying raw data come largely from publicly available data. The results of the calculation are determined annually by the Sustainable Investment analysts checked for plausibility (eg by referring other data sources).

Company rating ("Best-in-class"): The company analysis identifies the relevant ESG risks and opportunities for each company. These so-called ESG key criteria are selected and evaluated, which are particularly relevant for a specific industry. 5-10 Key Issues defined for each sector. On the environmental side include as the ecological footprint, carbon dioxide emission, energy efficiency or opportunities in the renewable energy sector on the evaluation criteria used. On the social side, for example, be working conditions rated in the supply chains, health and safety or the human capital development. Relevant criteria in the area of governance are the composition and powers of the Board, remuneration systems and ownership. In addition to the evaluation of these ESG key criteria controversial operations and reputational risks of companies are systematically recorded and reflected in the company's rating. This consideration may respectively to a substantial reduction of the rating at least to exclusion from the sustainable investment universe.

Public institutions go through a similar analysis procedure like companies. To take into account the specific feature of these emitters better, the organisation purpose is valued in addition to the achievements(performances) for environment and Society.
Further, more detailed information can be found be found in our "European Transparency Code".

Country Rating: A sustainable country rating may be in the course of the investment process is important, such as in the geographical allocation of the assets. In fixed income, it is used in addition to credit analysis. Unlike mainly financially oriented assessment of States (such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's) help sustainable country ratings to identify structural changes at an early stage. Since factors are analyzed, out in the short term no significant changes, the application of the horizon is based on sustainability factors sovereign ratings at 5 years or more.

In countries the following dimensions can be distinguished or assessed and also displayed in the proprietary Sarasin Sustainability matrix:

  • availability of resources (y-axis) on the y-axis the availability of resources is illustrated. This describes the (net) availability of (natural) resources of a country. These are a kind of the ecological basis of development of a Country.
  • efficiency of resources (x-axis): The x-axis (resource efficiency) describes the social and "organizational" conditions that make only a sustainable development of the economy (and thus an efficient use of resources) possible. These include factors such as an effective legislative and judicial branches and a modern education system.
Total flow over 90 different criteria from the three rating pillars (environmental, social and governance) into the country rating, which are all equally weighted. The raw data come from a large number of different sources (eg World Bank, CIA, UN organizations, Freedom House, Global Footprint Network, Amnesty International, etc.).


Each industry and each company receives a value (score) or a result of the carried out sustainability analysis. These values flow into the Bank J. Safra Sarasin shown below Sustainability Matrix. The position determines the availability of the sustainable investment universe (gray colored areas are part of the sustainable investment universe). In industries with deep sustainability ratings, companies must achieve a high value, so that they can enter the universe. In less exposed industries an average sustainability rating is sufficient.


Quality Management

The quality of the investment universe at the level of individual firms but also of the entire universe is constantly ensured by the Sustainable Investment Research. Likewise, the Sustainable Investment Research methodology is continuously reviewed. At least once a year, the measures used to analyze and possibly updated. The methodology used meets the stringent internal quality standards.

Products & services

The asset management of the bank offers a variety of sustainable investment vehicles and taylormade asset management for different needs.

In addition, the following sustainable retail funds of Bank Sarasin are available:


Besides the private and institutional mandates, the asset management of the bank manages the following third party funds:

Third party funds (available Germany, Austria and/or Switzerland):



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