Aberdeen Standard UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund (Other)
SRI / Ethical Overview
Creating good employment opportunities is one of the most significant benefits business brings to society. Standard Life Investments, in collaboration with Big Issue Invest, has developed the UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund. Driven by fundamental research and a bottom-up, stock picking approach, the Fund aims to generate an attractive return over the long term by investing in companies that promote and implement good employment opportunities and practices.
The Fund provides an innovative and compelling solution for those investors who wish to invest in UK equities in pursuit of both societal and financial benefits.
The foundation of the Fund’s strategy is UN Sustainable Development Goal number 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
A proprietary four pillar impact assessment methodology underpins the approach, guiding portfolio selection and ensuring that the Fund meets its social objectives.
The Fund is managed by Lesley Duncan, who has been an investment director with Aberdeen Standard Investments since 2004. Lesley is a senior member of our UK Equities team and manages our award-winning UK Ethical Fund, which has delivered strong performance for investors over her tenure.
SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)
- Social policy Find fund options that consider social issues (e.g. human rights, labour standards, equal opportunities, child labour and adherence to internationally recognised codes such as the UN Global Compact). This will include funds in most of the different SRI Styles as this is considered a core issue. See fund information for detail.
- Aims to generate positive impacts Find funds that aim to help deliver positive social or environmental impacts or outcomes through their investment decisions - which typically involves holding companies that are viewed as being necessary or beneficial. Strategies and approaches vary. A small number of funds have recently started to measure outcomes (see 'Measures Impacts' in the Policy filter). This is a new area - so most funds do not do this yet. See fund literature for further information.