At Aberdeen Standard Capital, we have long understood the intrinsic connection between financial performance and how the companies in which we invest our clients' money approach these issues.
We firmly believe that companies demonstrating a commitment to responsible business practices will likely enjoy a competitive advantage in the long run - ultimately rewarding shareholders.
Consideration of ESG factors is embedded in our investment process and investing responsibly on behalf of our clients goes to the very heart of our drive to provide superior investment returns and maintain client trust.
Through Aberdeen Standard Investments*, we have access to company management on a global basis, which provides us with significant insight.
All our research incorporates consideration of ESG factors specific to a company or sector and information is corroborated by our engagement with competitors, supply-chain firms and customers. We combine this with market-leading independent analysis to form a complete picture of a company, taking into account fundamentals, such as its balance sheet, cashflow and overall management, alongside its ESG credentials. This adds depth to our investment process and makes for better-informed and more robust investment decisions.
*Aberdeen Standard Investments is a brand of the investment business of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments. Aberdeen Standard Capital is the discretionary management arm of Aberdeen Standard Investments.
The dedicated ESG Investment team at Aberdeen Standard Investments has been active in the governance and responsible investing field for many years. This provides us with extensive experience and research-intensive resources on which we can draw.