Contributing to the development of corporate governance and socially responsible investment
We take our responsibilities as an investor very seriously. For this reason, we seek to contribute to the development of principles and standards of governance, stewardship and corporate responsibility through active participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives and industry organisations such as the following.
Asian Corporate Governance Association
Standard Life Investments is a member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. This is an independent non-profit membership organisation that works with investors, companies and regulators to promote the implementation of effective corporate governance practices throughout Asia.
Association of British Insurers
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is the representative body for British insurance companies and plays a leading role in corporate governance and regulatory affairs. Standard Life is a long-standing member of the ABI.
Global Auditor Investor Dialogue
The Global Auditor Investor Dialogue provides a forum for the largest global auditing networks and major global investors to discuss matters of mutual interest, especially as they pertain to maintaining high standards of corporate reporting and audit quality. Standard Life Investments played a leading role in the formation of the Dialogue.
Carbon Disclosure Project
Standard Life Investments is a signatory to the Carbon Disclosure Project, which represents institutional investors with combined assets of over $57 trillion under management (as at 1 August 2008) in seeking and maintaining information on the business risks and opportunities presented by climate change from the world’s largest companies. Standard Life Investments is also a signatory to the CDP Water Disclosure Project.
Confederation of British Industries
Standard Life Investments is a member of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), which is the main representative body for British companies.
Corporate Governance Forum
Standard Life Investments was a founder member of the Corporate Governance Forum, which is an informal network of major UK institutional investors. It meets at regular intervals to discuss emerging corporate governance issues in the UK and overseas.
European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) is an influential network whose members are primarily leading academics in Europe who take a special interest in corporate governance. The Standard Life Investments’ Corporate Finance Prize is awarded annually under the auspices of the ECGI.
Standard Life Investments was a founder member of the European Social Investment Forum, which was created in 2001 to serve as an umbrella association to cover socially responsible investment issues at the European level.
Global Investor Governance Network
Standard Life Investments was a founder member of the Global Investor Governance Network. This is an initiative which brings together governance representatives from major global investors in an informal network which considers global governance issues and developments.
Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative is a multi stakeholder network that has developed a framework for sustainability reporting. The reporting framework includes reporting guidelines and sector supplements, which are designed to identify key characteristics of individual sectors.
The Investment Affairs division of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) merged with the Investment Association (IA) on 30 June 2014. The ABI has played a leading role in corporate governance and regulatory affairs. Standard Life has been a long standing member of the ABI and Standard Life Investments has been represented on the ABI’s influential Investment Committee, which will continue under the IA banner as the Governance and Engagement Committee.
International Corporate Governance Network
The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) is the leading global corporate governance network, whose members include many of the world’s leading institutional investors. Standard Life Investments and Aberdeen Asset Management endorse the International Corporate Governance Network Global Stewardship Principles. These aspirational standards are applied in a flexible manner but their aim is to encourage high levels of investor stewardship.
UN Principles for Responsible Investment
Standard Life Investments is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, a set of principles that reflect our commitment to incorporate environmental, social and governance issues into our investment processes.
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association
Standard Life Investments is a member of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), which is a membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services. UKSIF promotes responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment.