Effective stewardship of capital is at the heart of our client proposition. Central to this is a highly differentiated approach to ESG analysis which is embedded in every part of the investment process. This helps us identify those business models that are most likely to sustain high returns and resist competitive pressures.

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A+Awarded the highest possible rating (A+) from the PRI for each of its three top-level categories (strategy and governance, incorporation and active ownership).

Top tier Received the top ranking (Tier 1) from the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for our statement of compliance with the UK Stewardship Code.

Signature Signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2009.

CollaborateExtensive involvement in PRI collaborative-engagement initiatives, past and present.

HeadMartin Currie’s Head of Stewardship and ESG, David Sheasby, appointed to the PRI’s ESG Engagement Advisory Committee in 2017.

Differentiated ESG approach

Differentiated ESG approach

Effective stewardship of our clients’ capital drives our differentiated ESG approach, combining integrated ESG analysis and active ownership.


A consideration of ESG factors is fully embedded into our investment process by portfolio managers, and has been a standard component of our stock research template since 2009. Far from a tick-box exercise, this information is exposed to peer review as part of our process for building an investment case and is fed into qualitative analyses and company valuations. As with the fundamental analysis of financial factors, we focus on all the ESG areas that are relevant to the investment case.

Active Ownership

Active ownership or 'monitoring and engagement' are essential parts of being a shareholder. We believe that governance and financial returns are positively correlated over the long term, and active ownership allows us to improve our understanding of investee companies and their governance structures, so that our voting decisions may be better informed. The materiality and immediacy of a given issue will generally determine the level of our engagement.

Good Governance

Importantly, as a company we also practice what we preach – exercising the same, high level of governance oversight, risk management and operational stability that we look for ourselves in investee companies.

Our approach

Stewardship approach

Stewardship report 2018

Stewardship report 2018

The 2018 Stewardship Annual Report highlights our approach, activity and outcomes in 2017.

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Relevant documents

Proxy Voting Q3 2018 pdf
Proxy Voting Q2 2018 pdf
FRC UK Stewardship Code - statement of compliance pdf
Korean Stewardship Code - statement of compliance pdf
Responsible investment policy pdf
Proxy Voting Q1 2018 pdf
Proxy Voting Q4 2017 pdf
Proxy Voting Policy pdf
Global Corporate Governance Principles pdf
Japanese Stewardship Code - statement of compliance pdf
Stewardship annual report 2017 pdf
Stewardship annual report 2016 pdf