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.

Part of our DNA since 1992

Corporate Governance team established
1992
First ethical fund launched
1994
Joined UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association
1997
Established Socially Responsible Investment team
2001
Founder member of Eurosif
2001
Became member of Asian Corporate Governance Association
2002
Published first Real Estate SRI Policy
2003
Founder member of UK Corporate Governance Forum
2004
Became member of Carbon Disclosure Project
2004
Dedicated ESG resource in real estate
2007
Founding signatory of UN Principles for Responsible Investment
2007
Founder member of International Sustainability Alliance
2011
Euro SRI Fund launched.
2012
Enhanced voting disclosure developed
2012
Became members of Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark
2013
Published first Governance & Stewardship Annual Report.
2014
Established ESG Investment Quarterly Report
2014
Extel Award No1 leading asset manager for SRI/ESG
2015
ESG on-desk analysts established on equity teams
2015
Founder member Investment Advisory Group of Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
2016
First impact fund launched
2017
Dedicated ESG resource fixed income
2017
Awarded First General Research Ethics Board 5-star rating
2018
Establishment of cross-asset class ESG Investment Forum
2019

Key Benefits

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.

Active engagement

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

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