Specialist in Asia Pacific, Japan, China, India and South East Asia and Global Emerging Market equities.

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Specialists in equity portfolios in Asia Pacific, emerging markets, global and sustainable investment strategies

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Our philosophy is very simple. We are constantly searching for high quality businesses and when we acquire them, we will work relentlessly with them to create long-term sustainable value through innovation, ESG-led and proactive asset management.

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Responsible investment

Responsible investment

Our focus on strong stewardship, engagement and responsible allocation of our clients’ capital allows our investment teams to manage through volatility while addressing a range of complex global challenges.

Mark Steinberg

CEO of First Sentier Investors

Responsible investment principles underpin our investment approach

To contribute to a sustainable economy and society, we seek to collaborate with our clients, competitors and broader stakeholders.

We do this by participating in industry forums, actively engaging with investee companies, regulators and policy makers, and publishing thought leadership.

We are currently focused on the following four key issues: climate change, human rights and modern slavery, diversity, and nature and biodiversity.

Race to net zero

We believe that society must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. It has become obvious that immediate climate action is needed in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting rises in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  

The individual and collective decisions we make as active investors can influence the nature and speed of this transition.


Building a better future

We have the opportunity and responsibility to allocate our clients’ capital in a way that drives positive social and environmental outcomes within the context of our investment strategies.

We have developed a range of tools to address some of the issues we face as investors, which enable our investment teams to confidently engage with companies, in search of tangible outcomes.


Digging deeper

Every investment decision can be associated with a set of ESG risks and opportunities, which may present large and complex problems to address.

We cannot solve these issues alone.

We strive to collaborate with clients, peers, policymakers and broader stakeholders so that we can learn from each other, set consistent expectations and leverage our collective resources to tackle these issues.


A snapshot of our progress

38% reduction in weighted average Carbon intensity for listed equities portfolio in 5 years
All listed equities Weighted average carbon intensity 33% lower than benchmark (aggregated)
Portfolio carbon footprint: Listed equities 43% lower than benchmark, Multi-assets 67% lower than benchmark
26% average proportion of women on company boards in listed equities portfolios globally
3 Annual Modern Slavery Statements completed by FSI
5 nature-related issues analysed across our portfolios
108 companies written to by Stewart Investors to encourage greater disclosure on carbon emissions
900 approx number of member institutions of Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, including FSI

1. 31 Dec 2017 – 31 Dec 2022
The data set out above are estimates based on data sourced by First Sentier Investors. This data is current as at 31/12/2022. It is based on information and representations sourced from third parties (including portfolio companies), which may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. No assurance is given or liability accepted regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of this data and no reliance should be placed on it by any third party. Calculations for Multi-Asset Solutions are for objective based funds only.

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As long-term investors, we know that the decisions we make today impact communities today, tomorrow and years from now. Responsible Investment is at the core of how we operate as a business and allocate capital, and we are committed to transparency and accountability regarding our performance in this area.

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Responsible Investment Report

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Stewardship Report

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1. Ernst & Young was engaged by First Sentier Investors’ Global Property Securities team to undertake ‘limited assurance’ as defined by International Auditing Standards, over First Sentier Investor’s Portfolio Operational Carbon Emissions (Scope 1 and 2) Forecast to Net Zero for the year ended 30 June 2021. Based on the review, Ernst & Young determined the forecast was prepared and presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with the defined Criteria.

2. NIRAS-LTS research for Stewart Investors.

The commitments and targets set out on this website are current as of today’s date. They have been formulated by the relevant First Sentier Investors (FSI) investment team in accordance with either internally developed proprietary frameworks or are otherwise, based on the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change’s (IIGCC) Paris Aligned Investment Initiative framework. The commitments and targets are based on information and representations made to the relevant investment teams by portfolio companies (which may ultimately prove not be accurate), together with assumptions made by the relevant investment team in relation to future matters such as government policy implementation in ESG and other climate-related areas, enhanced future technology and the actions of portfolio companies (all of which are subject to change over time). As such, achievement of these commitments and targets set out on this website depend on the ongoing accuracy of such information and representations as well as the realisation of such future matters. FSI will report on progress made towards achieving these targets on an annual basis in its Climate Change Action Plan. The commitments and targets set out on this website are continuously reviewed by the relevant investment teams and subject to change without notice.