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Introducing the Improving Society Strategy

Martin Currie’s socially focused impact strategy aims to positively address the problem of human inequity while delivering long-term capital growth.

Date published
1 Dec 2023

Advancing fairness of social opportunity and narrowing the equality gap can help empower individuals and deliver greater levels of human equity. However, over recent years, we have observed a structural increase in inequality and a widening gap between the goals and delivery of key societal development objectives.

In addressing these issues, the private sector will have a large part to play both as involved corporate citizens and in providing products that facilitate improvements in equality of opportunity and outcome. Companies with products that truly make a difference in people’s lives have the opportunity to make use of long-term profit pools generated by true, ongoing societal need. Those that take their responsibility to society seriously and endeavour to treat employees, customers, and the community with respect and dignity may also find they have a competitive advantage over those who do not.

Martin Currie’s socially focused impact strategy aims to positively address the problem of human inequity while delivering longterm capital growth. We do this by investing and engaging to improve fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people.

Our Improving Society strategy can help deliver this by both supporting those companies delivering the most meaningful impact, and actively engaging with them to accelerate the delivery of these ambitions. We invest on a long-term, global basis in 20-35 publicly listed companies whose products or services, (i) improve wellbeing, (ii) improve inclusion, and (iii) support a just transition. Firms providing solutions to facilitate improvements in human equity can meaningfully narrow the equality gap and make a real, measurable difference to society.

  • Impact investing centres on the intentional commitment of capital. Investing to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact, alongside a financial return is the ultimate aim.

The strategy has a unique objective and the key aims of this innovative product are to:


Combining impact with financial performance:

Our core belief is that impact and financial performance are interrelated. Companies that generate positive impacts in the world can benefit from increased growth opportunities and more accessible financing by offering solutions that strengthen their competitive advantage.


Make a measurable difference:

We identify company specific impact Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and engagement objectives, track progress and report against these for all companies in the portfolio.


Generate positive impacts:

We invest in companies that positively address the problem of human inequity, meaningfully narrow the equality gap, and make a measurable difference in the world. We are committed to investing and engaging to improve fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, accelerating real world impact.

We invest to positively contribute to the narrowing of the equality gap and aid in the improvement of social opportunity. We do this by investing in companies whose products or services positively impact one of three key socially focussed pillars:


Supporting a Just Transition:

We focus on the human side of the green transition, making sure that people are not left behind in focus as the economy shifts in response to the green transition and the physical effects of climate change on communities becomes more significant. This includes managing the social impact of climate change through reskilling workers and improving resilience and quality of life in communities.


Improve Inclusion:

This is about giving everyone the tools and resources needed to make the most of their opportunities – education, access to finance, and access to resources. This has a focus on improving outcomes for marginalised communities and countries where there are access challenges.


Improve Wellbeing:

People have a right to a healthy and safe life. We invest in companies positively impacting human health and wellbeing. Not just medical treatments but also preventative medicine and basic human needs such as access to safe and clean water – we think of this as what is needed to get people to starting line.

The link between the investment opportunity to generate alpha and the social impact, is encapsulated in the following diagram:
Our research coverage focuses on seven key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that we see as being most closely aligned to our objective of positive societal impact.

Analytical responsibility is split between team members. By concentrating on SDGs, we are focused on the impact delivered rather than being restricted by traditional industry analysis that is less relevant to our purpose. Our research looks for areas of the market that have the greatest opportunity to generate positive impact.

Impact investing centres on the intentional commitment of capital. Investing to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact, alongside a financial return is the ultimate aim. We view things through a different lens; adapting traditional methods to put impact first so that we lead with this as opposed to sectors, geographies or styles that define most conventional strategies.

  • Improving Society

    Martin Currie’s socially-focused impact strategy aims to positively address the problem of human inequity while delivering long-term capital growth.

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  • Investing in foreign markets introduces a risk where adverse movements in currency exchange rates could result in a decrease in the value of your investment.
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