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

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Stewart Investors manage investment portfolios on behalf of our clients over the long term and have held shares in some companies for over 20 years. They launched their first investment strategy in 1988.

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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.

Our net zero journey

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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Responsible Investment Report

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Stewardship Report

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As long-term investors, we know that the decisions we make impact communities today, tomorrow and years from now. Responsible investment and stewardship are 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.

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.

Any targets (including, but not limited to, the net zero targets) on this webpage are based on (i) available information and representations made to First Sentier Investors by third parties, including, but not limited to, portfolio companies; and (ii) assumptions made in relation to future matters such as the implementation of government policy in climate-related areas, enhanced future technology and the actions of portfolio companies. Such information and representations may ultimately prove to be inaccurate and such future matters may not ultimately be realised. As such, First Sentier Investors cannot guarantee the achievement of these targets. These targets are subject to ongoing review and may change without notice.

Any ESG related commitments, are current as at the date of publication and have been formulated by the relevant investment team in accordance with either internally developed proprietary frameworks or are otherwise based on the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) Paris Aligned Investment Initiative framework. The commitments 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 depend on the ongoing accuracy of such information and representations as well as the realisation of such future matters. Any ESG related commitments are continuously reviewed by the relevant investment teams and subject to change without notice.

To the extent this material contains any measurements or data related to ESG factors, these measurements or data are estimates based on information sourced by the relevant investment team from third parties including portfolio companies and such information may ultimately prove to be inaccurate.