While our first and final duty is to our clients and our employees, everything we do entails responsibilities towards society and the wider world in which we invest and live. While our first and final duty is to our clients and our employees, everything we do entails responsibilities towards society and the wider world in which we invest and live.
In the field of portfolio investment, Pictet was an early pioneer in sustainable investment funds and funds with an environmental aspect.
In 2008 the partners of the Pictet Group created the Prix Pictet prize to draw worldwide attention to and stimulate action on issues of sustainability through the medium of photography.
A philosophy of sustainability
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
— Sir Winston Churchill
International Energy Agency
Given the importance for long-term investors of the transition to a low-carbon economy and renewable energy sources, Pictet has joined forces with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to compile the World Energy Outlook 2016 (WEO). The WEO is the IEA’s flagship publication and acknowledged as the world’s most authoritative source for energy market analysis and forecasts.
Swiss Sustainable Finance
Pictet sits on the Board of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF), an association that promotes the integration of sustainability in the financial industry. In particular, it aims to make Switzerland a leading worldwide centre for sustainable finance.
In our business operations we have set strict targets for reducing the Group’s carbon footprint per employee. Pictet’s headquarters in Geneva was built to minimise the building’s environmental impact. The following reports describe our in-house sustainable activities.
Carbon Footprint Report (Environmental approach)
Sustainability Week for employees
In 2017, Pictet organised a “Sustainability Week” for all staff globally. The aim was to focus employees on their consumption habits while educating them on Pictet's actions towards Environmental, Social and Governance criteria.