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.