- Investment Expertise
We’re finding that an increasing number of institutional, pension fund and high-net-worth investors are turning to private equity in order to enhance their portfolio performance.
We are committed to supporting the insurance sector and have a dedicated insurance solutions team.
- Our insight
The House View process provides a consistent macroeconomic framework to analysing global financial markets.
Our Head of Global Strategy, Andrew Milligan, introduces the latest edition of Global Outlook, a summary of our House View.
Standard Life Investments’ Global Strategy team provide regular analysis of the key economic data that has been influencing financial markets.
Our global strategists combine valuable experience, thorough research and analysis to tackle major issues of the moment.
Governance and stewardship is about making sure that companies’ operational processes and policies are robust and responsible.
- How we discharge our stewardship responsibilities
- Our policy for managing conflicts of interests
- How we monitor our investee companies
- Our guidelines for escalating engagement
- Our willingness to act collectively with other investors
- Our policy on voting and voting disclosure
- How we report on stewardship to our clients
We recognise the importance of transparency and accountability when it comes to our stewardship responsibilities. To this end, we have published an annual review of our governance and stewardship activities, which provides an account of how we have fulfilled our responsibilities. Please select the link below to view the 2016 annual review.2016 annual review
- Responsible Investment
We recognise that the management of environmental and social responsibilities is subject to many factors, and take into account the particular circumstances, industries and locations in which the companies operate.
We've produced guidelines on responsible investment to explain how we evaluate the environmental and social policies of the companies in which we are (or might be) an investor.
What is governance and stewardship?
Good governance ensures that a company has clear direction, plans, structure and resources, all of which are necessary for financial success.
Governance and stewardship is about making sure that companies’ operational processes and policies are robust and responsible. Good governance ensures that a company has clear direction, plans, structure and resources, all of which are necessary for financial success. The onus is on the companies to adopt an accountable, transparent approach, demonstrating principles of integrity in their business practice.
At a time when environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a major concern, many of our clients are telling us that they believe companies should take more responsibility for the way in which goods are produced, services are provided and resources are used.
Why does it matter?
Ultimately, a well run company is more likely to deliver strong long-term investment performance.
It’s in the interests of every stakeholder to encourage companies to work within best practice guidelines. Many individuals, after all, have invested some form of capital in the companies’ success, whether in the form of labour provided by employees, the loyalty shown by customers or the money invested by shareholders.
Another point worth bearing in mind is that corporate governance allows businesses to stand out from their competitors. Companies that demonstrate a commitment to improving their corporate culture and acknowledge their responsibilities within the local community are more likely to enjoy a superior reputation.