Sustainability means taking responsibility

As private bankers with unlimited liability, personal responsibility has always been fundamental for us. We believe in taking responsibility for our own actions and failures.

Sustainability means behaving responsibly and being in harmony with yourself and the environment. This applies both to individuals and businesses that interact with various stakeholders (employees, clients, suppliers etc.) and preferably strive for a long-term and collaborative partnership.

In the financial world, the term ESG – short for environment, social and governance – is used in connection with sustainability. It is important to understand that ESG is not just about ecological issues but also encompasses a wide range of topics across various levels of impact.

THE THREE PILLARS OF ESG

Environment

In the environmental domain, issues such as energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management and conserving natural resources are evaluated to ensure that business practices are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Social

In the social domain, issues such as working conditions, human rights, diversity, business ethics and corruption are evaluated to ensure that business practices are socially responsible.

Governance

The governance domain relates, for example, to the way in which companies and organisations are managed and controlled. This includes aspects such as corporate structure transparency, responsibilities of managers, and supervisory board independence.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

Our integral philosophy is to bring people and money into harmony. This means that, as a company, we are responsible for providing our clients with the best possible support on their journey in the financial world. It is important here for us to understand people’s different mindsets and attitudes as well as their personal wishes and concerns so that we can take these into account when formulating a personalised strategy.

But as a company, we also strive to fulfil our responsibilities towards the ecological and social environment. This touches upon all impact levels of our company.

OUR VIEW OF RESPONSIBILITY

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MILESTONES

Reichmuth & Co’s history

The Reichmuth family is an anchor shareholder of Reichmuth & Co and has significantly shaped the Group’s development with its values.

The partners’ unlimited liability signifies responsible corporate governance and demonstrates the owners are aligned with the long-term interests.

1996 – Foundation

Karl Reichmuth and his son Christof lay the foundation stone for today’s Reichmuth & Co Privatbankiers. With Switzerland’s youngest genuine private bank with unlimited liability, they set a clear signal for responsible Swiss banking services.

2000 – Launch of PensFlex and establishment of Rütli Foundation

PensFlex Foundation creates the opportunity to offer independent retirement provision in the non-mandatory segment.

The Rütli umbrella foundation enables philanthropic engagement that makes a genuine impact.

2001 – Foundation of today’s Reichmuth & Co Investment Management AG

The creation of the company’s own fund management company allows it to offer its own funds in addition to asset management services.

2012 – Foundation stone laid for infrastructure solutions

The foundation of InRoll AG creates the first vehicle for investing in infrastructure.

2015 – Launch of infrastructure fund

Reichmuth & Co Investment Management launches Reichmuth Infrastructure Schweiz KmGK, the first diversified infrastructure fund focusing on transport, utilities and waste disposal.

2019 – Establishment of ESG project team

A dedicated project team starts developing a concept related to ESG topics that are relevant to the company and client needs.

2021 – Signing of UNPRI by Reichmuth & Co Investment Management AG

Reichmuth & Co Investment Management AG signs UNPRI, committing itself to its standards.

2022 – Launch of Reichmuth Sustainable Infrastructure (SCSp)

Reichmuth & Co Investment Management AG is the investment advisor for Reichmuth SCS SICAV-RAIF – Reichmuth Sustainable Infrastructure, a fund established under Luxembourg law.

INFORMATION

What does sustainability and ESG mean?

There is no universally accepted definition for the concept of sustainability. The Federal Council has endorsed the Brundtland Report’s definition of sustainability: “Development is sustainable if it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

ESG encompasses the three following dimensions of sustainable development:
• Environment
• Social
• Governance

What is meant by the UN’s 17 goals?

In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted Agenda 2030, which includes 17 goals for sustainable development and calls on all countries to work together to ensure that these goals can be achieved by 2030. These are issues relating to climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and inequality. The 17 goals are known as Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs for short.

Where can I find more information and the regulatory basis for the topic of ESG?

Click on the following link for the “Guidelines for financial service providers on the integration of ESG preferences and ESG risks into investment advice and portfolio management” of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) and our ESG information brochure.

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