Our global efforts are led by our Chief Sustainability Officer, Amanda Young. She is supported by her global Sustainability Group, which makes up abrdn's Sustainable Investing leadership team.
The Sustainability Group focuses on four key pillars: delivering insight, investment frameworks & standards, active ownership, as well as client & commercial focus. They are the subject matter experts that derive insight across sustainability trends and sets standards on matters across the firm including our investment process, compliance, voting policy, engagement and corporate sustainability. They are governed by the board of abrdn, the management and oversee sustainable experts throughout the business.
The Sustainability Group also launched their centres of excellence within key regions - Asia Pacific and Americas. They deliver solutions, insights and regulatory oversight specific to these diverse markets with a dedicated leadership and team structure.
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Global Sustainability Group
Chief Sustainability Officer
Amanda Young is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Investments business at abrdn, where she leads the sustainable investment strategy for the firm and the Investments business Sustainability Group. She has over two decades of experience in responsible investment. Previously, Amanda held positions at Newton Investment Management, CCLA Investment Management and Rabobank International.
Amanda graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology and has completed the University of Edinburgh Business School’s Executive Women’s Leadership Programme. Amanda led a workstream for the UK Government’s Taskforce on social impact investment and co-Chaired the Scottish Purposeful Business Commission. She is a board director for Social Investment Scotland’s SIS Ventures fund and the deputy Chair of the Sustainability and Responsible Investment Committee of the Investment Association. She served on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) and chaired the FTSE Russell ESG Advisory Committee.
Amanda has appeared on the Financial News top 100 most influential women in European Finance for 5 years. She was the inaugural winner of Women in Investment Awards Sustainable & ESG Investment Woman of the Year in 2021 and was on Financial News’ inaugural Fifty Most Influential in Sustainable Finance list in 2022.
Head of Active Ownership
Head of Sustainable Investing - Sustainable Investing Frameworks & Standards
Head of Sustainability Investment Specialists, APAC Sustainability Institute, and APAC Sustainability
Head of Sustainability Insights and Climate Strategy
Asset class sustainability specialists
The asset class specialists integrate thematic and regulatory insight from the Sustainability Group, as a critical part of their portfolio creation and investment process. They also base sustainable investing best practices on guidelines developed by the Sustainability Group. This includes our active engagement, proxy voting and reporting processes.