At Stewart Investors, we believe in putting people first. Our investment world-view is of a series of partnerships – with each other, with our clients, with the companies we invest in, the people who buy their goods and services, and with the wider society in which we all live and work.

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Making a difference to the communities where we live, work and invest through philanthropy has been a focus for our business for over a decade. This is also an important part of our corporate value of ‘care’ to societies in which we operate.

First Sentier Foundation

The First Sentier Foundation (the Foundation) is our philanthropic initiative, founded in 2012. The Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable lives through education

Our philanthropic vision and mission is intrinsically linked to our work, including in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, financial literacy, modern slavery, and climate action.

Our vision

A world where each person’s education enables them to build a sustainable life – now and in the future.

Our mission

We fund work that supports people to gain the skills and knowledge to thrive throughout their life. We focus on supporting people of all ages who would not otherwise have these educational opportunities.

Our philanthropic partnerships

We aim to build strategic philanthropic partnerships with charities across the world that align with our vision and mission. We prioritise funding for organisations which address the root causes of educational inequality.

Below is a summary of the initiatives we fund with our current strategic partners.





Workplace giving

Staff donations

The Foundation runs matching schemes, matching employee’s personal donations, subject to conditions being met, to charitable causes they support. The Foundation also provides support to employees with staff giving campaigns and payroll giving schemes, where available.


In addition to providing funding to our strategic partners, we encourage staff to give back directly to the communities they live and work in. We provide all staff with three days of volunteering leave per year.

Our focus areas

Our Corporate Sustainability strategy is organised into four focus areas

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Whether you have a general enquiry, or you're a registered charity interested in working with us, please contact us.