In July, our Chairman, Sir Douglas Flint, attended the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Asian Infrastructure Forum in Luxembourg. Sir Douglas was there to meet with AIIB as we announced our partnership to drive ESG investing and the development of debt capital markets in emerging Asia.
Over the next few decades, institutional investors are expected to play an integral role in financing Asia’s growing infrastructure investment needs. As the region is facing some of the most pressing sustainability challenges, integrating environmental and social factors into investment decisions is critical, along with governance.
In close alignment with AIIB’s objectives and our sustainable investment philosophy, the project aims to unlock the potential of ESG investing and mobilise private capital to support the region’s sustainable development.
ESG investing has always been part of Aberdeen Standard Investments’ DNA. As a long-term investor, we strongly believe in being proactive partners with our investments. Active stewardship and substantial engagement are fundamental to affecting positive changes in companies in which we invest, and help drive sustainable, better investment outcomes.
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