At Standard Life Wealth, we have a clear focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Our aim is to meet the needs of our clients while investing with respect and responsibility. We also benefit from the significant resources and in-depth research capabilities of our parent, Standard Life Investments, in these areas.
As an integral part of our investment process, companies in which we invest are monitored from a corporate governance and socially responsible perspective; taking into account their policies and practices on environmental, social and governance matters.
That's because we believe responsibly managed businesses are best placed to achieve a competitive advantage and, as a result, are more likely to provide superior and sustainable long-term returns to investors - ultimately our clients.
We understand that clients may want to reflect their beliefs and values in the investments they hold.
We have significant experience in managing portfolios with ethical criteria and can offer ethical screening to support this. We have invested heavily in this increasingly important area and our inhouse proprietary screening system uses various internal and external resources to inform our research.
Having Standard Life Investments as our parent, we are fortunate to be able to access the industry-leading and award-winning* capabilities of their ESG Investment Team.
The team comprises highly-experienced Responsible Investment and Governance & Stewardship specialists, who undertake in-depth research and engagement on ESG issues relevant to our investments
ESG considerations have the potential to materially impact businesses across sectors and geographies. In their analysis, the ESG Investment Team assesses the extent to which the financial performance of a company is impacted by its management of ESG issues and risks.
By considering the environmental, social and governance impact, we hope to facilitate better understanding of these issues and to promote greater corporate responsibility.
"We aim to be an industry leader in ESG, helping to protect and enhance the value of our clients' investments, while contributing to a sustainable world."
Head of Stewardship & ESG, Standard Life Investments
*Standard Life Investments was rated #1 Leading UK Asset Management company in the Extel 2015 Awards for SRI/ESG.