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Contributing to the development of corporate governance and socially responsible investment
We take our responsibilities as an investor very seriously. For this reason, we seek to contribute to the development of principles and standards of governance, stewardship and corporate responsibility through active participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives and industry organisations such as the following.
Asian Corporate Governance Association
Standard Life Investments is a member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. This is an independent non-profit membership organisation that works with investors, companies and regulators to promote the implementation of effective corporate governance practices throughout Asia.
Association of British Insurers
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is the representative body for British insurance companies and plays a leading role in corporate governance and regulatory affairs. Standard Life is a long-standing member of the ABI and Guy Jubb, Head of Governance & Stewardship, represents Standard Life Investments on the ABI’s influential Investment Committee.
Global Auditor Investor Dialogue
The Global Auditor Investor Dialogue provides a forum for the largest global auditing networks and major global investors to discuss matters of mutual interest, especially as they pertain to maintaining high standards of corporate reporting and audit quality. Standard Life Investments played a leading role in the formation of the Dialogue and Guy Jubb, Head of Governance & Stewardship, is its Co-Chair.
Carbon Disclosure Project
Standard Life Investments is a signatory to the Carbon Disclosure Project, which represents institutional investors with combined assets of over $57 trillion under management (as at 1 August 2008) in seeking and maintaining information on the business risks and opportunities presented by climate change from the world’s largest companies. Standard Life Investments is also a signatory to the CDP Water Disclosure Project.
Confederation of British Industries
Standard Life Investments is a member of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), which is the main representative body for British companies. Guy Jubb, Head of Governance & Stewardship, represents Standard Life Investments on the CBI’s Companies Committee, which discusses a wide range of corporate governance and business issues, playing an important role in the formulation of CBI policy.
Standard Life Investments is a member of the Conference Board. We actively participate in several of its European Councils, including the Corporate Governance Council, whose members comprise general counsels and corporate secretaries from some of Europe’s leading corporations, institutional investors and service providers. It discusses developments in corporate governance on a Pan-European basis and seeks to promote good governance practices. Guy Jubb, Head of Governance & Stewardship, was appointed Co-Chair of the Council in 2007.
Corporate Governance Forum
Standard Life Investments was a founder member of the Corporate Governance Forum, which is an informal network of major UK institutional investors. It meets at regular intervals to discuss emerging corporate governance issues in the UK and overseas. Guy Jubb, Head of Governance & Stewardship, is its Chairman.
European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) is an influential network whose members are primarily leading academics in Europe who take a special interest in corporate governance. The Standard Life Investments’ Corporate Finance Prize is awarded annually under the auspices of the ECGI.
Standard Life Investments was a founder member of the European Social Investment Forum, which was created in 2001 to serve as an umbrella association to cover socially responsible investment issues at the European level.
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a multi stakeholder initiative to promote revenue transparency in resource –rich countries through the publication and verification of payments made by companies and revenues received by governments from oil, gas and mining. Standard Life Investments is a signatory of the EITI and Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, serves on its Board.
Global Investor Governance Network
Standard Life Investments was a founder member of the Global Investor Governance Network. This is an initiative which brings together governance representatives from major global investors in an informal network which considers global governance issues and developments.
Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative is a multi stakeholder network that has developed a framework for sustainability reporting. The reporting framework includes reporting guidelines and sector supplements, which are designed to identify key characteristics of individual sectors. Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, served on the working group that developed the sector supplement for the mining and metals industry. She is currently serving on the working group that is finalising this sector supplement.
International Corporate Governance Network
The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) is the leading global corporate governance network, whose members include many of the world’s leading institutional investors. Standard Life Investments has been a member of the ICGN since its inception and actively supports many of its initiatives.
UN Principles for Responsible Investment
Standard Life Investments is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, a set of principles that reflect our commitment to incorporate environmental, social and governance issues into our investment processes.
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association
Standard Life Investments is a member of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), which is a membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services. UKSIF promotes responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment.
We also promote corporate governance and socially responsible investment by speaking at conferences and seminars such as the following.
BiTC Health & Work Summit
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke at the Business in the Community Health & Work Summit on Reporting on Employee Wellbeing and Engagement - An Investor Perspective.
PWC Global Reward Workshop - Pennyhill Park
Guy Jubb, Head of Corporate Governance, was guest speaker. His speech focussed on Executive Remuneration.
Directors’ Institute – Saudi Aramco Joint Venture Directors’ Institute Program – Bahrain.
Guy Jubb, Head of Corporate Governance, presented an investor’s perspective on the role of corporate governance in publicly listed companies and on the significance which leading global investors attach to sustainability.
Mazars London Stock Exchange Dinner – Edinburgh
Guy Jubb, Head of Corporate Governance, was the guest speaker. His speech focussed on the importance of good communication channels between companies and their investors.
UN Principles on Responsible Investment
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, moderated and spoke at a session on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Standard Life Investments Training Day for Local Authorities
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke on socially responsible investment.
Ethical Corporation Conference Global Corporate Responsibility Reporting Summit
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke on the topic: Are CR Reports failing the investor community?
ISS Annual Conference
Guy Jubb, Head of Corporate Governance, presented views on class actions and other forms of litigation.
University of Edinburgh Management School
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke on socially responsible investment.
Bucharest Stock Exchange Investor Relations Conference: What do investors want?
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke on the topic Environmental, social and governance reporting: what do investors want?
Association of Solicitors and Investment Managers Annual Conference
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke on current developments in ethical and socially responsible investment.
Ethical Corporation Conference: Climate Change- How to get your company’s message across to consumers
Julie McDowell, Head of SRI, spoke on carbon neutrality and carbon offsetting.