- 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.
Principles and policies
How we safeguard your assets
Here you will find details of the corporate governance principles and policies we use in order to make sure your investment is well looked after. If you’d like a more detailed insight, you can take a look at our Governance & Stewardship Principles and Policy Guidelines.
We also have individual regional voting policy guidelines which are tailored to specific market practice and outline our approach in more detail.
We use these guidelines to evaluate corporate governance at companies we invest in, or are considering investing in.
- We seek to increase shareholder value through constructive consultation with companies about their strategy, performance, management and other issues
- We aim to vote all our shares globally unless circumstances make such votes impracticable (eg shareblocking markets) or the costs would outweigh the expected benefit. We always vote our shares in a manner consistent with the best interests of our clients
- We’re open and accountable to our customers about corporate governance activities
- We seek to contribute to the development of the corporate governance environment.
We apply our corporate governance policies in a professional and flexible manner, taking account of a company's particular circumstances. In general, we believe that -
- A company's board should have three or more non-executive directors who are independent of executive management and other conflicts
- A company's board should have a remuneration committee that’s chaired by an independent non-executive director and that comprises a majority of such directors
- Exceptional levels of remuneration should be available for the achievement of exceptional performance
- Directors' service contracts should have notice periods that don’t exceed 12 months
- Companies should be open in their disclosures to shareholders.