Annual Report 2017

Sustainability Approach

As a leading financial institution in Asia, UOB is focused on creating sustainable value for our stakeholders and aligning our long-term business strategies with their interests. As we continue to deepen our presence across the region, we seek to address the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and effects of our operations in a manner consistent with our values. This is also in line with our commitment to help ensure a safe, secure and trusted banking system.

Board Statement on Sustainability

The Board is committed to building on the Bank’s rich heritage to continue creating long-term value for all its stakeholders. Integral to the business direction UOB takes is its sustainability strategy. In formulating this strategy, the Board considered the factors which contribute to the sustainable growth of the Bank. As part of the process, the Bank undertook detailed gathering and assessment of data and insights from across the organisation and from its external stakeholders. 
Together with Management, the Board identified opportunities relevant to the long-term success of the Bank and determined the material ESG risks to be managed. Through its Committees, the Board oversees the management and monitoring of these factors to ensure that the Bank is responding effectively to developments in the market and in view of its stakeholders’ expectations. The Board and Management are supported in this regard by the Bank’s dedicated ESG Committee comprising senior executives from functions across the organisation. 
The framework of UOB’s sustainability reporting is in line with the SGX Sustainability Reporting Guide and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. We are pleased to state that UOB’s Annual Report 2016 won the Best Inaugural Sustainability Report (Mainboard) Award at the first Singapore Sustainability Reporting Awards. 
The Bank’s values of Honour, Enterprise, Unity and Commitment underpin UOB’s sustainability strategy. These will continue to guide its people, policies and processes to ensure the long-term interests of its stakeholders are met and the performance of UOB sustained.
Sustainability Strategy
Sustainability Governance Structure
Sustainability Reporting Frameworks and Principles