ESG and Impact in Private Markets

Our Approach

As with all our investments, we have put ESG considerations at the heart of our processes and approach for investing in private markets.

We are active stewards of the investments that we make on behalf of our clients around the world. We integrate environmental, social and governance-related considerations into our investment processes for all our asset classes, and actively engage with companies and other investments on their strengths and weaknesses.

We have adapted this focus on ESG for private equities making it an integral part of our investment, due diligence and monitoring processes. This emphasis on active stewardship lies at the heart of our philosophy and who we are as an investment firm.

Key Benefits of ESG Private Equity

Our global ESG resource

We have a market-leading ESG resource in terms of the number of people, and their experience, expertise and talent. Our success lies in our ability to connect across teams, geographies, public and private markets clients. We also play a pivotal role in connecting our investment decision-makers more closely with the aims and objectives of our clients.

First-hand interaction is a key

In private equity, for example, we ask all general partners (GPs) to complete our questionnaire, which is based on the four pillars of responsible investing laid out by the United Nations-supported Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI). We have also pushed for ESG to be a standing agenda item on the agenda of advisory boards of GPs so that we can monitor progress.

Most of our target managers now have an ESG policy. We are proud to have been instrumental in encouraging several small/mid-market GPs to adopt such a policy.

Impact Investing

Private markets impact investing involves investing in opportunities which have an intentional and measurable positive environmental and social impact. We believe private markets provide a broad range of impact opportunities and that ASI is particularly well placed to provide attractive private markets impact solutions for investors.

Webinar: Managing ESG risks and opportunities in private markets

ESG Private Equities: Key Documents

A guide to bonds

Quarterly Global ESG Investment Report

Our quarterly report, detailing ESG events, thought pieces and our voting and engagement summary.

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A guide to bonds

Integrating ESG in Private Markets

Alan Gauld, investment director of Aberdeen Standard Investments, and Jamie Govan, senior ESG analyst, explain why a commitment to responsible practices is important throughout the investment lifecycle.

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