Strategic research partnerships
First Sentier Investors supported initiatives
The Aotearoa New Zealand Stewardship Code provides a principles-based framework for achieving effective stewardship. It gives investors a clear framework for using their influence to steer the companies they own on critical environmental, social and corporate governance issues.
First Sentier Investors is a signatory of the Code
In 2022 First Sentier Investors became a certified B Corporation (B Corp), following a two-year certification process. As a autonomous investment group within First Sentier Investors, Stewart Investors is covered by this certification.
The certification means that we are now part of a community of more than 6,000 companies with a shared goal to transform the communities in which we live and operate for the benefit of the people and our planet.
The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Investment Leaders Group (ILG) is a global network of pension funds, insurers and asset managers, with over $9 trillion under management and advice. The group is committed in its mission to advance the practice of responsible investment.
First Sentier Investors was one of the founding members and was previously Chair of the Working Group.
CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.
We are a signatory of CDP and use their services for company carbon emissions data.
Climate Action 100+ is made up of 700 global investors who are responsible for more than $68 trillion in assets under management across 33 markets.
First Sentier Investors is a supporting investor for five companies.
FAIRR Initiative is a collaborative investor network that raises awareness of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities brought about by intensive livestock production.
We are an investment member of FAIRR and use their research as part of our investment analysis.
The Finance for Biodiversity Pledge is a commitment of financial institutions to call on global leaders and to protect and restore biodiversity through their finance activities.
First Sentier Investors is a signatory of the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge.
Established in 2020, the IAST APAC initiative is an investor-led, multi-stakeholder project. The initiative seeks to engage with companies in the Asia-Pacific region to promote effective action in finding, fixing and preventing modern slavery in operations and supply chains.
First Sentier Investors is the Chair of the IAST and Stewart Investors are leading on one company engagement.
InterInvest exists to drive LGBT+ equality and inclusion across the investment industry in the UK, and supports similar initiatives global.
First Sentier Investors is a member and partner of InterInvest.
Investment 20/20 is a social enterprise that aims to promote greater opportunity and to achieve systemic change across the industry so that all investment management firms hire for potential rather than academic background or experience alone. First Sentier Investors is an employer of Investment 20/20.
IGCC is the leading network for Australian and New Zealand investors. The group seeks to deliver real and accelerated progress on climate change by connecting, collaborating, and advocating on behalf of investors to responsibly manage climate risks and opportunities, and drive sustainable returns for investors and the beneficiaries they represent.
First Sentier Investors is a member of the IGCC.
FSI are a supporter of the Financial Stability Board who created the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to improve and increase reporting of climate-related financial information.
FSI are a Forum member of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures which seeks to develop and deliver a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks.
The UK Investment Association is the trade body and industry voice for UK investment managers. First Sentier Investors is a member of the Sustainability & Responsible Investment Committee and the Sustainability Committee.
The UK Stewardship Code sets high stewardship standards for those investing money on behalf of UK savers and pensioners, and those that support them.
First Sentier Investors is a signatory of the Code.
First Sentier Investors is a member of the UK Sustainable Investment Forum (UKSIF). UKSIF brings together the UK’s sustainable finance and investment community and supports members expand, enhance and promote this key sector in the financial industry.
Through six principles the UNPRI seeks to develop a more sustainable global finance system. Through First Sentier Investors, we are a signatory of the UNPRI, and lead and have participated in a number of collaborative engagements hosted and promoted by the PRI collaboration platform.
WBA Allies represent organisations working at global, regional, and local levels to shape the private sector’s contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Echoing the true spirit of SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals. First Sentier Investors is an Allie and is committed to WBA’s mission, vision, and values, and believe in the power of benchmarks and cross-sector partnerships to drive systemic progress on the SDGs.
The 30% Club is a business-led campaign to improve female representation at board and C-Suite level in the world’s biggest companies.
First Sentier Investors is a member of the Investor Working Group.
40:40 Vision is an initiative led by HESTA, and supported by Chief Executive Women, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), and the 30% Club to pursue diversity in executive leadership in ASX300 companies.
First Sentier Investors is a member of the Steering Group and Investor Working Group.