- 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 responsible investment?
At Standard Life Investments, Responsible investment encompasses the research, analysis and engagement work on social and environmental issues affecting our clients' investments.
Responsible investment policies consider investments as a tool to promote change, helping to ensure that companies are accountable in their application of their principles to everyday business activity. We believe that companies concerned about the long-term interests of their shareholders should manage relationships with employees, suppliers and customers, and consider the long-term impact of their actions on the environment and society as a whole.
What’s our approach?
As a leading global investment house, we take our responsibility as an investor seriously.
The responsible investment team has three areas of focus: integration of environmental and social risks and opportunities into our investments, our responsible investment (RI) products and services and our ethical funds.
We consider company policies and practices on environmental and social matters as an integral part of the investment process. Where possible, we use our influence to encourage best practice standards in the management of these issues at the companies we invest in, with a view to protecting and enhancing the value of our clients’ investments. Through this process of constructive engagement, we're able to contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility.
We've also demonstrated our commitment to shareholder responsibility by becoming a signatory to the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which has received endorsement from over 1,200 global investors. The Principles provide a framework for investors to give consideration to environmental, social and governance issues.
Above all, we're committed to maintaining an open, productive dialogue when it comes to our RI principles. We want to ensure that we communicate clearly with our customers, and the companies we invest in. With this in mind, please feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have on this section of our website.
What’s in it for investors?
Ultimately, the issues surrounding the environmental, human rights, employment and business ethics affect the welfare of us all, as the environmental and social consequences of company activities are felt across economies and geographies.
If you think about it, responsible investing makes good sense. Astute companies recognise that demonstrating a commitment to environmental and social responsibility is likely to generate good opportunities to create value and enhance their reputations. On the other hand, companies that fail to consider these issues risk long-term loss of reputation. The damage to their brand and image can directly affect their financial performance, and can be extremely hard to overcome.