Partnerships and industry initiatives 

Partnerships and industry initiatives 

Information about the wide range of organisations, initiatives and industry bodies we support.

In addition to collaborative engagements, we support a wide range of organisations, initiatives and industry bodies that contribute to the development of industry standards and improve best practice. 

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Environmental

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Social

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Governance

Strategic research partnerships

ATM is a non-for-profit organisation that seeks to stimulate and guide the pharmaceutical industry to do more for people living in low- and middle-income countries.

We are a supporter of ATM and use their research as part of our investment analysis. 

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Founded in 2021, the India Plastics Pacts is a collaborative initiative that seeks to bring together businesses, governments and NGOs to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics in their value chain. 

The India Plastics Pact is co-funded by Stewart Investors.

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Charity partnerships

Founded in 2020, Altiorem is a not-for-profit library and resource centre that:

  • Helps people understand the role finance must play in addressing sustainability challenges and building a better future for all.
  • Supports advocates for sustainable finance in making stronger arguments for change, and implementing solutions with real impact.
  • Helps a new generation of leaders gain a solid understanding of critical sustainability issues and their relevance to business and finance.

We are a supporter of Altiorem and the organisation was founded by a team member. 

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The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi.  CSE researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable.

We are supporters of CSE and make use of their research as part of our investment analysis.

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The Maitri Trust supports partners who share their passion for dismantling systemic barriers to quality primary education in India and South Africa.

Established in 2006, Stewart Investors continues to support the charity with an annual donation, trusteeship and ad hoc support.  

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Employees of Stewart Investors have established The Tar-Ra Fund in Australia to enable grant giving to Australian registered charities with Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR1) status.

If you would like to donate to the Tar-Ra Fund, please contact us: [email protected]

Please note the fund is a separate legal entity and is not part of Stewart Investors.

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Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge is an initiative we support through the implementation of tobacco-free policies. 

We are a signatory to the Pledge.  

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Industry initiatives

The Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) is an independent, non-profit membership organisation dedicated to working with investors, companies and regulators in the implementation of effective corporate governance practices throughout Asia. ACGA was founded in 1999 from a belief that corporate governance is fundamental to the long-term development of Asian economies and capital markets.

We are a supporter of ACGA and use their research as part of our investment analysis.

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The Asia Scotland Institute (ASI) is a non-profit organisation which exists to promote a greater understanding of Asia through the sharing of knowledge.

We are a supporter of ASI and use their research as part of our investment analysis.

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We were one of the founding supporters of The Big Exchange, the UK’s first actively management social, environmental and positive impact platform. 

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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. 

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Confluence Philanthropy’s mission is to transform the practice of investing by aligning capital with our community’s values of sustainability, equity, and justice. Confluence supports and catalyzes a membership network of over 260 private, public, and community foundations, family offices, individual donors, and their values-aligned investment advisors. Altogether, its members represent more than $96 billion in philanthropic assets under management and over $3.5 trillion in combined managed capital.

We are an Advisor member of Confluence Philanthropy.

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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. 

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Set-up in 2017 Future Asset is a Scottish based charity that seeks to encourage high school girls to look at the world of investment and consider the industry for possible future careers.

We are a supporter of Future Asset and are part of the Steering Group. 

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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. 

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The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) is a non-profit, peer-learning network advancing intentionally designed endowments – those that seek to enhance financial performance by making investments that advance an equitable, low carbon, and regenerative economy. Working closely with leading organisations, the network engages leaders and key stakeholders from higher education, foundations, business, and non-profits. It provides opportunities for learning and education, peer networking, convening, thought leadership and information exchange around a variety of strategies (e.g., ESG integration, impact investing, and shareholder engagement).

We are members of the IEN.  

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Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) is the leading impact investing network for foundations, philanthropic asset owners, and their partners. MIE provides resources, inspiration, and connections to help members increase the scale of their practice dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental benefit.

We are affiliate members of the MIE.  

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In March 2022, we signed up to the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative and have set a target to reduce our portfolio emissions by 50% by 2030 (using 2019 as our base year).

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Pensions for Purpose exists as a bridge between asset managers, pension funds and their professional advisers, to encourage the flow of capital towards impact investment, which are investments that align with the environment and society.

We are members of Pensions for Pension. 

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Founded in 2014, Project Drawdown is a non-profit organisation that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown” — the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Project Drawdown’s deeply researched collection of c.90 climate change solutions, which if scaled up, can deliver the Paris Agreement’s 1.5oC temperature goal.

We are a supporter of Project Drawdown and map portfolio holdings to their climate solutions. 

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Prosper Social Finance is the UK’s first socially responsible investment fund run entirely by students at the University of Edinburgh. Students run an equity portfolio underpinned by five core values and an ESG criteria. 

We are Investment Mentors at Prosper Social Finance.  

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The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s industry association for responsible investment.

We are members of the RIA. 

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RIAA is the largest and most active network of people and organisations engaged in responsible, ethical and impact investing across Australia and New Zealand.

Our funds are certified by the RIAA and First Sentier Investors is a member of the Nature Working Group and Human Rights Working Group.

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SRI Services was established in 2010. Its main service, the Fund EcoMarket database tool, is to help financial advisors and other intermediaries to understand and compare sustainable, responsible and ethical investment funds, so that they can match client aims to fund options.

We are a partner of SRI. 

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The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.

We are a supporter of Wikimedia and use their service as part of our investment research.  

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First Sentier Investors supported initiatives

As Stewart Investors is not a legal entity, on occasion we sign up to initiatives via our parent company; First Sentier Investors.   

Aotearoa New Zealand Stewardship CodeProvides 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 ESG issues. More
B CorporationIn 2022 First Sentier Investors became a certified B Corporation (B Corp), following a two-year certification process. As a autonomous investment group within FSI, Stewart Investors is covered by this certification. More
Cambridge Institute for Sustainable LeadershipA 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. More
CDPA not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. More
Climate Action 100+Made up of 700 global investors who are responsible for more than $68 trillion in assets under management across 33 markets. More
FAIRRA collaborative investor network that raises awareness of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities brought about by intensive livestock production. More
Finance for Biodiversity pledgeA commitment of financial institutions to call on global leaders and to protect and restore biodiversity through their finance activities. More
IAST APACThe 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. More
InterInvestExists to drive LGBT+ equality and inclusion across the investment industry in the UK, and supports similar initiatives global. More
Investment 20/20A 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. More
Investor Group on Climate ChangeSeeks 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. More
Task Force on Climate related financial disclosuresFSI are a supporter of the Financial Stability Board who created the TCFD to improve and increase reporting of climate-related financial information. More
Taskforce on Nature related Financial DisclosuresSeeks to develop and deliver a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks. More
UK Investment AssociationThe 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. More
UK Stewardship CodeSets high stewardship standards for those investing money on behalf of UK savers and pensioners, and those that support them. More
UKSIFBrings together the UK’s sustainable finance and investment community and supports members expand, enhance and promote this key sector in the financial industry. More
UN Principles of Responsible InvestmentThrough six principles the UNPRI seeks to develop a more sustainable global finance system. More
World Benchmark AllianceWBA Allies represent organisations working at global, regional, and local levels to shape the private sector’s contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More
30% ClubA business-led campaign to improve female representation at board and C-Suite level in the world’s biggest companies. More
40:40 VisionAn initiative led by HESTA, and supported by Chief Executive Women, ACSI, WGEA, and the 30% Club to pursue diversity in executive leadership in ASX300 companies. More
Aotearoa New Zealand Stewardship Code (G)

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

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 B Corporation (G)

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.

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Cambridge Institute for Sus Leadership (G)

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.

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CDP (E)

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.

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Climate Action 100+ (E)

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.

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FAIRR (G)

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.

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Finance for Biodiversity pledge (E)

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.

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IAST APAC (G)

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.

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InterInvest (S)

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.

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Investment 20/20 (S)

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.

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Investor Group on Climate Change (E)

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.

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Task Force on Climate related financial disclosures (E)

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.

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Taskforce on Nature related Financial Disclosures (E)

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. 

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UK Investment Association (G)

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.

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UK Stewardship Code (G)

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.

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UKSIF (G)

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.

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UN Principles of Responsible Investment (G)

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. 

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World Benchmark Alliance (G)

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.

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30% Club (G)

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.

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 40:40 Vision (G)

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.

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