Sustainability team and resources

Our sustainable investing team has been structured to enable abrdn to make investment-critical decisions with a comprehensive top-down and bottom-up view of sustainability.

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.

In addition, there are centres of excellence within Asia Pacific and Americas. They deliver solutions, insights and regulatory oversight specific to these diverse markets with a dedicated leadership and team structure.

Global Sustainability Group

Dan Grandage

Chief Sustainability Officer

Dan Grandage is Chief Sustainability Officer (CIO Investments), where he leads the firm’s sustainable investment strategy and the Investments Sustainability Group. His role is pivotal in driving the company’s commitment to integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles into its investment processes.

Prior to this role he was Head of Sustainable Investing, supporting the company’s global investments business to protect and enhance investment performance through integrating ESG and sustainability into the investment process. This was achieved through sustainability research and insights generation, the oversight of standards and market leading frameworks. Dan represents the company on the FTSE Russell Sustainability Committee, the TISA Responsible Investing Committee, and is involved in several Investment Association sustainable finance working groups. Dan joined the company in 2013 from WSP Group where he spent over 15 years as an environmental and energy consultant.

Andrew Mason

Head of Active Ownership

Andrew Mason is the Head of Active Ownership within the Investments business Sustainability Group. He is responsible for the active ownership activities undertaken by our Stewardship team. He manages the production of our Stewardship Report and our interaction with the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on stewardship matters and our relationships with a number of external stakeholders including, for example, the Investor Forum and the Investment Association. Prior to joining, Andrew worked on the development and implementation of environmental, social and ethical risk policies in the banking sector. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge.

Danielle Welsh-Rose

Head of Sustainability Investment Specialists, APAC Sustainability Institute, and APAC Sustainability

Danielle Welsh-Rose is Head of Sustainability Investment Specialists, APAC Sustainability Institute, and APAC Sustainability at abrdn. Danielle is responsible for driving ESG strategy in Asia Pacific. and supporting the integration of ESG factors into investment decision-making in Australia and across Asia-Pacific, and advocates for the importance of ESG capabilities with clients and potential clients across the region. Danielle joined in 2019 from the Victorian Funds Management Corporation where she was Head of ESG. Previously, Danielle held senior consulting. ESG and corporate sustainability roles at Sustainability Advisers and VicSuper. Danielle has over 20 years of industry experience, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan, a Masters of Environment from The University of Melbourne, and a Masters of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash University.

Asset class sustainability specialists

The Sustainability Group works together with sustainable experts that are embedded in our asset class teams across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and our real asset teams.

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.

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