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Responsible Investing

Investing according to Sustainability Criteria

We value the market’s appraisal of UniCredit’s progress towards generating long-term value for all of our stakeholders, and we are proud to be recognized by major sustainability indexes and ratings.

In the belief that responsible investing and good corporate practices help build trust and confidence in the markets, UniCredit provides customers with the opportunity to implement socially responsible and sustainable investment strategies.

Our Bank is listed in major international sustainability indexes and rankings that measure corporate performance and progress from an economic, social, ethical and environmental perspective.

Bank Austria offers the following products through its fund management company Pioneer Investments Austria:

Pioneer Funds Austria – Ethics Fund

This is a mixed fund that aims to achieve long-term capital growth and continual earnings, and is primarily targeted at investors for whom ethical criteria and ethical investment are important.

For further information about the Pioneer Funds Austria - Ethik Fonds, consult the
 Pioneer Investments Austria homepage.

Pioneer Fund "Global Ethical Equity"

The objective of this sub-fund is to achieve medium- to long-term capital growth by investing at least two-thirds of the net fund assets in a diversified portfolio of stocks and stock-based securities that are issued by companies fulfilling specific ethical criteria. Companies eligible for inclusion in the fund include companies that offer products and services that contribute to a secure and healthy environment, companies that divert capital from activities with a negative environmental impact, and companies that are distinguished by socially responsible action.

Ethical considerations are also taken into account in private banking and asset management in accordance with the wishes of the investor. Such investors include trusts and non-profit organisations.

ÖGUT "Ethical and Ecological Investment" Platform

The "Ethical and Ecological Investment" platform was founded to strengthen the market for ethical and ecological financial investment in Austria. Among other things, this platform operates the Internet site "Green Money" to promote the development of sustainable financial investment products. Bank Austria is an active member of this platform.


VBV Pensionskasse: Committed to Sustainability

The pension contributions for Bank Austria's employees are entrusted to and invested by the pension and severance pay management fund VBV Mitarbeitervorsorgekasse, which has steadily increased its commitment to sustainability in recent years. VBV's investment principles are monitored by an independent ethics committee.


In 2005, VBV launched an Austrian sustainability stock index by the name of "VÖNIX". VÖNIX, VBV-Österreichischer Nachhaltigkeitsindex, is an index of listed Austrian enterprises with a focus on sustainability. The companies in the index are all selected for the leading role they play in social and ecological issues. Bank Austria has been included in VÖNIX since its inception.