At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we look to make the best possible investments for our clients by understanding the whole picture of our investments – before, during and after we invest. That includes understanding the environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities they present – and how these could affect longer-term performance.
We look to know how investments are managing their strengths and weaknesses – whether related to climate change, human capital management, supply chain issues, diversity or other balance sheet issues. We actively engage with companies to promote best practice. We also apply our sustainability driven approach expertise to a wide range of specialist strategies to meet clients’ specific ethical, socially responsible and thematic (e.g. climate-based) investment goals.
ESG at every stage
Environmental, social and governance considerations underpin all our investment activities. Our 1,000+* investment professionals take account of ESG factors in their research, stock selection and portfolio construction – supported by more than 50* ESG specialists around the world.
Through engagement and exercising our voting rights, we actively work with companies to improve corporate standards, transparency and accountability. While in real assets – such as real estate – we focus on sustainability, resource efficiency and socio-economic benefit.
By making ESG central to our investment capabilities, we look to deliver robust outcomes for our clients – as well as actively contribute to a fairer, more sustainable world.
*Source: Aberdeen Standard Investments, 30 June 2018