How aligned is your approach to corporate sustainability to your investment approach?
We care deeply about corporate sustainability, including environmental factors like efficient use of waste, water and energy, diversity and inclusion, and community involvement and charitable giving.
How do you approach environmental sustainability?
We are aligning the sustainability of our offices with our climate change statement. We have committed to reducing our own operational emissions and offsetting where this is not yet possible. We will publicly share our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions versus the 2019 baseline and key initiatives for reducing emissions.
How do you approach diversity and inclusion?
Diversity and inclusion is a focus area for Stewart Investors and First Sentier Investors (FSI). Many of the initiatives are coordinated at the corporate level by FSI. FSI supports a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives including 100 Black Interns, Interinvest, Aspierations and Investment2020. In 2021 FSI launched working groups for disability, gender, ethnicity, LGBT+, socio-economic and neurodiversity to engage employees on these issues and evolve our approach to diversity as an organisation. Further information on FSI’s diversity programme is available in the Responsible Investment Report and on FSI’s website.
How do you approach community involvement and charitable giving?
Community involvement and charitable giving are also important to Stewart Investors (SI) and First Sentier Investors (FSI). SI has 2 foundations, the Maitri Trust which is based in Edinburgh and aims to improve education for all, particularly in India, South Africa and Mexico and Tar-Ra, Maitri’s Australian sister. FSI has a charitable programme, the First Foundation, which supports local charities and arranges employee volunteering for all FSI employees. All FSI employees are given three volunteer days per year.