Research into the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of an investment is an important part of all of our investment processes – and this is reflected in industry recognition we've received recently for our strong performance in this area.
Aberdeen Standard Investments has been awarded 33 'Green Stars' for ESG performance across the real estate funds it manages by GRESB – the global ESG benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments.
This is amongst the highest number of stars awarded to any participant this year and seven more than we had last year. Four funds were awarded Five Star status, placing them in the top 20% of its peers. Additionally, three funds achieved 'Sector Leader' status – meaning they have the highest ESG performance of their peer group.
We believe that ESG research helps to deliver positive outcomes for clients – and we're continuing to improve the quality of our research, to recognise the diverse objectives that different investors have. This includes a tool we've launched to tailor how we measure a fund's specific characteristics and its performance against an investor's requirements.
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