Focus on ESG

How we incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance factors into our approach to Sustainable Investing.

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Integrating ESG

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Integrated funds

Integrated Funds

We consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as part of our investment process, and qualify these with ASI ESG House Scores, meaning your investments incorporate ESG risks and opportunities as standard.

50+

Dedicated ESG experts

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PRI

Signatory to UN principles of Responsible Investment

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100%

of researched companies include ESG analysis

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A+ or A

Rating awarded across all categories

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Sources:

PRI Assessment Report 2020

abrdn, August 2020

Sustainable funds

Sustainable funds

Our sustainable funds invest in companies with sustainable businesses and that show superior management of ESG factors. With our sustainable funds, we avoid industries like coal or oil & gas that are deemed unsustainable.

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Sustainable funds

Thematic funds

We design our thematic funds to help investors benefit from specific responsible investing themes such as climate change and low-carbon technologies.

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Sustainable funds

Impact funds

Our impact funds invest in companies that provide solutions, products or services that counter environmental and/or social challenges. We align some of our impact funds to recognised standards such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Environment and Sustainability

Environmental Action

Together… we are tackling the environment crisis

We face interlinked environmental crises, from climate breakdown, extreme weather, and species loss to water scarcity and unsustainable food production. We take action in our operations, but our greatest impact and influence is through how we invest our customers’ and clients’ money.

We are proud to be a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, with a dedicated focus on financing the transition to a low-carbon economy. The adaptation to climate change impacts our products and investment decisions. Discover how we are working to help tackle climate change.

Insights

Deforestation leaves investors exposed

Focus on Climate Action

Vertical Farming - the future of food production

Plastic, plastic everywhere — including in our drinks

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social factors

Social Action

We are facing many global issues, from inequality and poverty to an ageing population. We want to raise awareness and drive positive change to support fair and inclusive work, equality of opportunity and connect with those isolated from society.

Insights

Human Rights: our approach for investments

The Investment case for respecting human rights

A Woman’s Place: equality in the 21st century

Learn more on our dedicated page

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Governance and Active Ownership

Governance and Active Ownership

Our Sustainable Investing principles. We put Active Ownership and ESG considerations at the heart of:

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our investment process -

we integrate and appraise ESG factors in our investment process, with the aim of generating the best long-term outcomes for our clients

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our client journey -

we clearly define how we act in our clients' interests in delivering our stewardship and ESG principles and transparently report on our actions to meet those interests

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our investment activity -

we actively take steps as stewards to deliver long-term, sustainable value consistent with our clients' objectives

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our corporate influence -

we actively advance policy, regulation and industry standards to deliver a better future for our clients, the environment and society

Through engagement with our investments, and by voting, we seek to improve the financial resilience and performance of investments

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Where we believe change is needed, we endeavour to catalyse this through our strong stewardship capabilities.

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As a responsible global investor, we leverage our scale and market position to raise standards in both the companies and industries in which we invest, and help drive best practice across the asset management industry.

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Considering sustainability risks and factors across asset classes

House scores

Our ESG House Scores

Our ESG house score is designed to shed light on a company’s management of ESG risks.

We designed a proprietary ESG house score to supplement our existing analysis. The system draws on more than 100 internal and external data points from third-party providers while taking into account the factors that we feel are most relevant or important for sectors, regions and companies. to arrive at a single number, or score.

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Active Equities

Our ESG approach to equity investing

We are active equity investors. We believe that deep fundamental research, a disciplined investment process and full analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is the most effective way to deliver long-term returns for our clients.​

ESG in Active Equity investing

ESG integration in Active Equities (PDF)

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Fixed Income

ESG embedded into Fixed income investing

Consideration of ESG factors is embedded in our fixed income research process. It’s one of the key dimensions, alongside other valuation metrics, on which we assess any company in which we invest. We actively engage with our investee companies, combining information from these meetings with insights from our investment managers, research analysts and central ESG investment team.

ESG in Fixed Income investing

ESG integration in Fixed Income (PDF)

Multi asset

Multi Asset

ESG embedded into Multi Asset investing

At abrdn we are responsible investors. As such, we ensure environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are embedded in everything we do. Our goal is to make a difference – for our clients, society and the wider world. It’s about doing the right thing, while aiming to achieve our clients’ long-term financial goals. Here’s how this applies to the Multi-Asset Solutions team

ESG integration in Multi Asset (PDF)

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Quantitative Investments

ESG integration in Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS)

Our goal is to make a difference – for our clients, society and the wider world. It’s about doing the right thing, while aiming to achieve our clients’ long-term financial goals. Here’s how this applies to our award-winning Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS).

ESG integration in Quantitative Investments (PDF)

Real estate

Real Estate

ESG integration in Real Estate

Driven by our four stewardship and ESG principles, we put stewardship and ESG considerations at the heart of:

  • Our investment process
  • Our investment activity
  • Our client journey
  • Our corporate influence

Dialling-up our integration of ESG into real estate (PDF)

  • House scores

    Our ESG House Scores

    Our ESG house score is designed to shed light on a company’s management of ESG risks.

    We designed a proprietary ESG house score to supplement our existing analysis. The system draws on more than 100 internal and external data points from third-party providers while taking into account the factors that we feel are most relevant or important for sectors, regions and companies. to arrive at a single number, or score.

  • abrdn

    Active Equities

    Our ESG approach to equity investing

    We are active equity investors. We believe that deep fundamental research, a disciplined investment process and full analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is the most effective way to deliver long-term returns for our clients.​

    ESG in Active Equity investing

    ESG integration in Active Equities (PDF)

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    Fixed Income

    ESG embedded into Fixed income investing

    Consideration of ESG factors is embedded in our fixed income research process. It’s one of the key dimensions, alongside other valuation metrics, on which we assess any company in which we invest. We actively engage with our investee companies, combining information from these meetings with insights from our investment managers, research analysts and central ESG investment team.

    ESG in Fixed Income investing

    ESG integration in Fixed Income (PDF)

  • Multi asset

    Multi Asset

    ESG embedded into Multi Asset investing

    At abrdn we are responsible investors. As such, we ensure environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are embedded in everything we do. Our goal is to make a difference – for our clients, society and the wider world. It’s about doing the right thing, while aiming to achieve our clients’ long-term financial goals. Here’s how this applies to the Multi-Asset Solutions team

    ESG integration in Multi Asset (PDF)

  • abrdn

    Quantitative Investments

    ESG integration in Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS)

    Our goal is to make a difference – for our clients, society and the wider world. It’s about doing the right thing, while aiming to achieve our clients’ long-term financial goals. Here’s how this applies to our award-winning Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS).

    ESG integration in Quantitative Investments (PDF)

  • Real estate

    Real Estate

    ESG integration in Real Estate

    Driven by our four stewardship and ESG principles, we put stewardship and ESG considerations at the heart of:

    • Our investment process
    • Our investment activity
    • Our client journey
    • Our corporate influence

    Dialling-up our integration of ESG into real estate (PDF)

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